Call for submissions: Essays for an edited collection on culture and The Big Bang Theory (due 8/1/13)

full name / name of organization: 
Sean Miller, Editor, Scriblerus Press

Working title: Our Whole Universe: Essays on Culture and The Big Bang Theory

Scriblerus Press,

Now in its sixth hit season, CBS's television series The Big Bang Theory is undeniably popular. We also believe the show is culturally significant. Scriblerus Press seeks essays that engage with The Big Bang Theory for an upcoming edited collection. We're looking for essays that demonstrate a strong voice with a distinct point of view—and that make a focused, original claim about the show and its cultural significance. No plot summaries, reviews, encomiums, or diatribes.

We're also willing to consider memoir-style pieces that engage with The Big Bang Theory in an interesting way, as well as satire or parody, as long as it's parody that exhibits a nuanced critical distance. Please avoid the use of academic jargon, footnotes, or end notes. The intended audience for the collection is educated readers passionate about popular culture, but not necessarily avid watchers of the show.

Themes may include, but are not limited to:

acting performances
Chuck Lorre as auteur
class, race, or ethnicity
consumer culture
fanboy culture
heroic romance
international reception
millennials and generational differences
obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
recurring tropes or motifs
region, i.e. Pasadena, Hollywood, or SoCal in general
representations of science and scientists
science and religion
sex and gender
sitcom as a genre
techie culture
university culture
Western philosophy

The deadline for submission is August 1, 2013 (12 pm PST).

Essays should be no more than 5000 words.

Collection inclusion decisions will be made by September 1, 2013. In addition to their overall literary merit, works will be judged on the basis of the originality with which they engage The Big Bang Theory.

Scriblerus Press accepts simultaneous submissions.

If the work has been previously published, please mention in your query letter the nature of the publication (in what and when) and whether you currently own the publication rights. We can't consider your work if you don't currently own publication rights.

Submit works for consideration electronically—as a Word or RTF attachment. Include your full name and contact info within the document itself.

Email your submission with attached Word or RTF file to Sean Miller at:


In the body of the email, please include a brief description (a few sentences) of your piece and a brief biography (short paragraph) of the author. We'll make every effort to acknowledge receipt of your submission within a week.

A royalty will be offered for each piece, along with an honorarium and two paperback copies of the collection upon publication. We'll ask contributors to sign a publication contract.

Scriblerus Press is not affiliated with CBS, Chuck Lorre Productions, or Warner Bros.

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