This as-yet-to-be-titled anthology, edited by Rhonda Parrish and published by Carol Hightshoe is all about cancer, and will donate a portion of the proceeds to the American Cancer Society.
Cancer scares us. It scares us and it intrigues us. There is so much we don't know about it, but it's out there, waiting to strike when we least expect it. Cancer is not all-powerful and many people beat it, but to those who don't cancer is cruel. It doesn't show them the kindness of a quick death but draws things out, taking their life away in slices.
I found this anthology through a mailing list I'm on and have yet to get a site for it, but I have included the body of the message below.
(ANTHOLOGY TITLE) will be a fantasy/sci-fi anthology all about cancer. The stories and poetry included could feature a character with cancer, be written from the point of view of cancer, or even be by someone with cancer. That being said, those which go a step further and dig deeper will be even better.
What if cancer isn't a disease but an attack on the human race by aliens/demons/monsters/terrorists?
What if it's sentient?
What if people wanted to get cancer?
Cancer is the body turning on itself. It's uncontrolled growth. It is invisible and indiscriminate. Submissions to this anthology are encouraged to explore metaphorical approaches to this theme as well as literal ones.
Due to the nature of cancer this collection will tend toward the darker side of the speculative fiction spectrum but we don't want the entire anthology to be gloomy and depressing so the absolute best submissions will find a way to end on a high note, find something to be optimistic about, or evoke an emotion other than (or in addition to) sadness or dread.
How to Submit:
We are looking for stories up to 7,500 words long and poems up to 40 lines long.
Put 'Cancer Submission - "the title of your submission" - your last name' as the subject of your email.
No simultaneous submissions, please.
Payment is $10.00 advance with an equal share of 25% of royalties.
Deadline: June 30, 2013