Twelfth Planet Press has a new anthology open, after editors Tansy Rayner Roberts and Rivqa Rafael hit their KickStarter goal. Mother of Invention is open now and is after:
...diverse, challenging stories about gender as it relates to the creation of artificial intelligence and robotics.
From Pygmalion and Galatea to Frankenstein, Ex Machina and Person of Interest, the fictional landscape so often frames cisgender men as the creators of artificial life, leading to the same kinds of stories being told over and over. We want to bring some genuine revolution to the way that artificial intelligence stories are told, and how they intersect with gender identity, parenthood, sexuality, war, and the future of our species.
How can we interrogate the gendered assumptions around the making of robots compared with the making of babies? Can computers learn to speak in a code beyond the (gender) binary? If necessity is the mother of invention, what exciting AI might come to exist in the hands of a more diverse range of innovators?
Submission are open now for unpublished flash fiction and short stories from 500 to 5,000 words, paying pro rates of 6c/USD per word. Get your inventive submissions in by the end of August!
Literarium listing is here: https://literarium.net/market/twelfth-planet-press/mother-of-invention