[UPDATE] Call for submissions: essays on culture and The Big Bang Theory
Call for submissions: Essays for an edited collection on culture and The Big Bang Theory
Working title: Our Whole Universe: Essays on Culture and The Big Bang Theory
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.
The intended audience for the collection is educated readers passionate about popular culture, but not necessarily avid watchers of the show. Please avoid the use of academic jargon, footnotes, or endnotes. Essays may make use of quotations from secondary sources, as long as they're employed sparingly. The collection will have an annotated works cited section at the back, broken down by essay, where you can explain in prose your sources.
Themes may include, but are not limited to:
• acting performances
• Chuck Lorre as auteur
• class, race, or ethnicity
• consumer culture
• fanboy culture
• heroic romance
• 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 3000 to 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 the Editor 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. Contributors will be asked to sign a publication contract.
Scriblerus Press is not affiliated with CBS, Chuck Lorre Productions, or Warner Bros.