mmarques (mmarques) wrote,

For women writers

Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders are editing an anthology of essays
titled She's Such a Geek. I saw this call for submissions on a mailing list, and figured it might be of interest to several of you. I'll probably submit something as well.

She's Such a Geek An Anthology by and for Women Obsessed with
Computers, Science, Comic Books, Gaming, Spaceships, and Revolution

Slated for Fall 2006

Geeks are taking over the world. They make the most popular movies and
games, pioneer new ways to communicate using technology, and create new
ideas that will change the future. But the stereotype is that only men
can be geeks. So when are we going to hear from the triumphant female
nerds whose stories of outer space battles will inspire generations,
and whose inventions will change the future? Right now.

Female geeks are busting out of the labs and into the spotlight. They
have the skills and knowledge that can inspire social progress,
scientific breakthroughs, and change the world for the better, and
they're making their voices heard, some for the first time, in Annalee
Newitz and Charlie Anders' book She's Such a Geek. This anthology will
celebrate women who have flourished in the male-dominated realms of
technical and cultural arcana. We're looking for a wide range of
personal essays about the meaning of female nerdhood by women who are
in love with genomics, obsessed with blogging, learned about sex from
Dungeons and Dragons, and aren't afraid to match wits with men or
computers. The essays in She's Such a Geek will explain what it means
to be passionately engaged with technical or obscure topics-and how to
deal with it when people tell you that your interests are weird,
especially for a girl. This book aims to bust stereotypes of what it
means to be a geek, as well as what it means to be female.

More than anything, She's Such a Geek is a celebration and call to
arms: it's a hopeful book which looks forward to a day when women will
pilot spaceships, invent molecular motors, design the next ultra-tiny
supercomputer, write epics, and run the government.

We want introspective essays that explain what being a geek has meant
to you. Describe how you've fought stereotypes to be accepted among
nerds. Explore why you are obsessed with topics and ideas that are
supposed to be "for boys only." Tell us how you felt the day you
realized that you would be devoting the rest of your life to
discovering algorithms or collecting comic books. We want strong,
personal writing that is also smart and critical. We don't mind if you
use the word "fuck," and we don't mind if you use the word
"telomerase." Be celebratory, polemical, wistful, angry, and just plain

Possible topics include:
  • what turned you into a geek
  • your career in science, technology, or engineering
  • growing up geeky
  • being a geek in high school today
  • battling geek stereotypes (i.e racial stereotypes and
    geekdom, cultural analysis of geek chic and the truth about nerds, the
    idea that women have to choose between being sexually desirable and
    smart, stereotypes about geek professions such as computer programmers)
  • sex and dating among geeks
  • science fiction fandom
  • role-playing game or comic-book subcultures
  • the joys of math
  • blogging or videogames
  • female geek bonding
  • geek role models for women
  • feminist commentary on geek culture
  • women's involvement in DIY science and technology groups
  • stories from women involved in geek pop and
    underground cultures. These might include comic book writers, science
    fiction writers, electronic music musicians, and women interested in
    the gaming world.
  • women's web networks and web zine grrrl culture
  • issues of sexism in any or all of the above themes

Editors: Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders are geeky women
writers. Annalee is a contributing editor at Wired magazine and writes
the syndicated column Techsploitation. Charlie is the author of Choir
Boy (Soft Skull Press) and publisher of other magazine.

Publisher: Seal Press, an imprint of Avalon Publishing Group, publishes
groundbreaking books by and for women in a variety of topics.

Deadline: January 15, 2006
Length: 3,000-6,000 words
Format: Essays must be typed, double-spaced, and paginated.
Please include your address, phone number, email address, and a short
bio on the last page. Essays will not be returned.

Submitting: Send essay electronically as a [MS Word?] Document or Rich
Text Format file to Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders at

Payment: $100 plus two books

Reply: Please allow until February 15 for a response. If you
haven't received a response by then, please assume your essay has not
been selected. It is not possible to reply to every submission
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