CFP: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia (9/1/06; collection)

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Robin Reid
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Robin_Reid@tamu-commerce.edu

CFP: Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An Encyclopedia (9-1-2006)

 

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTORS

 

Greenwood Press

Planned Completion Date: January 2007

 

The 2-volume, illustrated Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy: An
Encyclopedia is scheduled to be published by Greenwood Press in 2007. The
Editor is seeking contributors for unassigned entries.

 

The focus will be primarily but not exclusively on work in English from the
19th century to the present, covering fiction, nonfiction, film, television,
art, comics, graphic novels, music and poetry.

 

Volume I (175,000 words) will consist of essays. The longer pieces will
provide socio-historical context, analysis, and background information on
key themes that cross genre boundaries. Two possible schemas are being
considered for this volume. The final editorial choice will depend to some
extent on the scholarship and interests of the chosen contributors. One
approach is multi-genre essays, tightly focused in period. An alternate
approach is single-genre essays covering larger historical periods.
Scholars chosen to write essays are invited to do some of the A-Z entries
relating to their essays.

 

Volume II (175,000 words) will consist of the A-Z component. Alphabetically
organized entries will focus narrowly on key figures and issues.
Categories, which can apply to any of the media covered by the work, will
include (but are not limited to): single entries on significant
writers/artists/composers (primarily women but some men); group and
background entries on a range of writers/artists/composers not covered in
single entries; and single and group entries on characters and character
types, genres, historical periods, national traditions, and major themes.

 

Background entries will draw on existing international scholarship in
feminism, women writers and fantastic genres to cover major writers in other
languages and national traditions. Other background entries will also
address fantasy by and about women from the Middle Ages through the 1800's.
Entries on how the topics of "women" and "gender" have been dealt with by
male writers and artists in science fiction and fantasy will also be
included.

 

Candidates must be willing to write thematic essays totaling 5000 words
and/or entries ranging from 250-1000 words. Preference will be given to
college professors, published writers, and advanced graduate students, but
others qualified to write about women in science fiction, fantasy, and
related genres in work in English from the 19th century to the present,
covering fiction, nonfiction, film, television, art, comics, graphic novels,
music and poetry will also be considered.

 

This project is interdisciplinary with a women's studies focus, so the
editor is especially interested in soliciting writers in the following
fields: communications and media studies, cultural studies, ethnic studies,
film and television studies, gender studies, history, literature, media
studies, multicultural studies, sociology, and women's studies. Scholars in
other fields working with the fantastic are also encouraged to participate.

 

Deadline for submissions: September 1, 2006

 

This deadline is firm.

 

Greenwood has contracted for a $5000 budget for honorariums to all
contributors plus 100 copies of the published work for contributors.

 

Compensation for accepted essays/entries will be the 2-volume set of the
encyclopedia, which will be sent to contributors at publication, plus an
honorarium. The amount may increase depending upon number of writers
involved in project:

 

Thematic essays: $250

Entries: $50-$100 (depending on length)

 

Additionally, there is a $5000 budget for permissions and reproduction fees
for up to 50 black/white illustrations (reproductions of book and magazine
covers, art, etc.) Contributing scholars are encouraged to submit
illustrations with permissions to support their essays or key figures and
themes.

 

If you are interested in writing for this important reference, please send a
short biographical sketch describing your background, publications, and
interests in women's contributions to a specific genres/medium of the
fantastic along with your preferred e-mail _and_ postal address to the
Editor.

 

Qualified candidates will receive a listing of available entries.

 

Prospective contributors will receive an assignment, contributors'
guidelines, and sample entries by e-mail followed by a release form postal
mailed from the publisher to be signed and returned.

 

Completed entries are subject to the normal editing process required for
quality publications and are accepted for publication at the discretion of
the editor, advisory board, and publisher.

 

EDITOR:

 

Robin Anne Reid

Department of Literature and Languages

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce TX 75429

Robin_Reid_at_tamu-commerce.edu <mailto:Robin_Reid_at_tamu-commerce.edu>

Rrede13_at_yahoo.com <mailto:Rrede13_at_yahoo.com>

Fax: 903-886-5980

Phone: 903-885-5268

 

 

Robin Anne Reid

Co-Director, NEH 2004 Tolkien Institute

http://www.tamu-commerce.edu/Tolkien/
<http://www.tamu-commerce.edu/Tolkien/>

Department of Literature and Languages

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce TX 75429

Work: 903-886-5268

Fax: 903-886-5980

 
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