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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Special Anniversary Issue: On Wolfe’s Genius; Maps and Blank Spaces; Ghosts, Living and Otherwise; Cynthia Asquith’s Ghosts; Ursula K. Le Guin’s short fiction, in depth; Bruce McAllister’s magic; Deep sea puppets; Scalzi’s metafictions; and a passel of screed!
From the editors:

As a thank you to the many people who have made it possible for us to reach this milestone, the digital edition of NYRSF Issue 300 is FREE. It’s a sampler of all the types of material NYRSF publishes—appreciations of authors both well-known and forgotten; reviews, long and short, of good science fiction, fantasy, and horror books; theatre reviews; personal essays related to the larger f&sf field; and a vigorous letter column.

Anyone who wishes to can download a copy of the issue in ebook (epub or mobi/Kindle format) or print-ready PDF. Please share this issue as widely as you would like, since we are also hoping to attract new readers to carry us forward for another quarter-century!

Theme: Comics, Multimodality, and Composition

For 43.1 (Spring 2015)

Guest Editor: Dale Jacobs, University of Windsor


Over the past ten years, composition has increasingly embraced writing and reading in multiple modes (words, but also images, sounds, video, spatial relationships, gestures, and other sign systems). In this movement towards multimodality, comics have been largely ignored. Comics, however, provide rich ground for exploration in relation to multimodality and composition. This special issue begins with the idea that comics are a valuable space of practice for multimodal literacies, both inside and outside the classroom.

Like other multimodal texts, comics form a multifaceted environment in which meaning is negotiated between creators and readers. Comics add another dimension to multimodality, which has often focused on digital texts, and can be used to link traditional alphabetic literacies with newer digital ones. Furthermore, as Michael Bitz argues in When Commas Meet Kryptonite:

Classroom Lessons from the Comic Book Project, “In the context of new media and literacies, comics are a rare bridge between the canon of reading skills that children are expected to master in school and the literacies that they embrace on their own and out of school” (11). Not only are comics important multimodal texts in their own right, but they can also function as an important bridge to other literacies both inside and outside the classroom.

This special issue of Composition Studies will explore how comics can be productively used in writing theory and practice. Articles, sequential narratives, short reflective essays, and Course Designs are all welcome, as are pieces on comics aimed at the “Composing With” section of the journal.

Possible topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Comics as a way to connect reading and composing multimodal texts
  • Comics literacies and digital literacies.
  • Comics in relation to the NCTE Position Statement on Multimodal Literacies,
  • the WPA Outcomes Statement, and/or the Framework for Success in
  • Postsecondary Writing.
  • Comics and/as collaboration.
  • Comics, rhetoric, and the teaching of writing.
  • Comics theory and the teaching of writing.
  • Comics as a way to examine how students conceive and experience literacies
  • outside of school and possible connections to school literacies.
  • Specific ways to use comics in the composition classroom.
  • Examinations of how Comics Studies can inform Composition Studies and vice versa


Full-length submissions due August 1, 2014

Submission determinations sent by November 1, 2014

Revised manuscripts due February 13, 2015



Direct queries about the special issue and full-length manuscripts in .doc

or .docx formats to Dale Jacobs at


Direct general questions about Composition Studies to

Visit our website for more information:


Laura Micciche

Associate Professor of English

University of Cincinnati

Cincinnati, OH 45221



For a panel on the academic track at Loncon3 – the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention:

Science/Speculative and Fantasy fiction are genres in which many things (arguably anything) is possible. This ought to include exploring alternatives to normative and heteronormative representations of sexuality, sexual identities, practices and activities. On this panel our aim will be to consider how, why and to what extent these non-realist genres push the boundaries of representation relating to sexuality. Proposals are invited for academic papers on topics including, but not limited to:


Sex and relationships in SF&F

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer and Asexual representation in SF&F

LGBQA authors of SF&F

Queer SF&F

BDSM in/and SF&F

Alternative Sexualities in SF&F

Relationships between SF&F and queer theory and politics

Authorial responsibility regarding representation of sexualities, sexual identities, practices and activities

Potentials and possibilities for non-normative representations of sexualities in SF&F

In particular, papers are sought on the work of the guests of honour for Loncon3 – Iain M. Banks, John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb and Bryan Talbot.

Please send a 300 word abstract and brief biography to by December 1st 2013.

Dr Jude Roberts

Associate Lecturer

London Semester Programme

Birkbeck College

University of London

For a book-length collection entitled War Gothic, we invite essays on the intersection of the gothic tradition in literature, art, cinema, television, as well as in visual and digital media, with the representation of war and the military in its various manifestations.

Submissions should fall roughly into either the category of “Literary Gothic” or “Visual Gothic,” which may extend from engravings, paintings and posters to video games and online culture. Historical reference points range from civil wars to national, colonial, and post-colonial conflicts, the Cold War and post-Cold War global conflicts.

Submissions might address literary and artistic responses to war framed within gothic traditions, but also the use of these gothic traditions in the discourse of war itself, i.e. in non-literary texts like historiography, non-fiction, military manuals, etc.

Strongly encouraged are submissions, especially in the areas of visual media, which move beyond representational analysis to address the overlap of and complicity between gothic discourse and the realm of military experience, i.e. the development and exchange of technologies, of financial, organizational, institutional, and logistical structures.

Topics ranging across the wide historical scope of the Gothic in different national traditions might include, yet are not limited to:

–         military mobilization: imagining the enemy

–         war propaganda: heart and minds

–         the discourse of militarism and militarization

–         the experience of combat

–         the space of the battle field

–         the home front: shelters, homes, hospitals

–         the veteran: medicine, trauma, biopolitics

–         gender discourse: warriors, soldiers, cannon fodder

–         military technology: destruction and reconstruction

–         high-tech/low-tech war: from swords to drones

–         remembering war: memoirs and monuments


Abstracts of no more than 300 words and a short CV should be submitted to the editors by December 31, 2013 . Final essays should be between 6000-8000 words, in MLA style, and will be due June 30, 2014.

The two co-editors of the collection are Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet (University of Lausanne), editor, with Justin E. Edwards, of The Gothic in Contemporary Literature and Popular Culture (2012) and author of The Poetics and Politics of the American Gothic (2010); and Steffen Hantke (Sogang University, Seoul), editor of Horror: Creating and Marketing Fear (2004), Caligari’s Heirs: The German Cinema of Fear after 1945 (2007), American Horror Film: The Genre at the Turn of the Millennium (2010), and, with Rudolphus Teeuwen, of Gypsy Scholars, Migrant Teachers, and the Global Academic Proletariat: Adjunct Labor in Higher Education (2007).


For all questions, proposals, and rough draft submissions, please contact Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet ( and Steffen Hantke ( or before December 31, 2013.

Proposals are invited for essays which explore non-normative representations of gender and sexuality in a range of contemporary popular fantasy, including, but not limited to: tv episodes and series, films, computer games and MMORPGs, novels and short stories, comics and graphic novels, role-playing games and fanfiction.

In creating a fantasy world anything is possible, therefore writers, artists, directors and producers of fantasy worlds must acknowledge a degree of responsibility for their world beyond that of other creators. Given that they can create a world and its inhabitants to be any way at all, why it is that a fantasy world is created -like this- is a valid question to ask.

This collection will consider the ways in which contemporary writers, artists, directors and producers use the opportunities offered by popular fantasy to exceed or challenge gender and sexuality norms. In contrast to many claims made about the fantasy genre being necessarily conservative/reactionary, this collection will explore the ways in which this genre can be and is being used to reflect on the contingency of our gender and sexuality norms.

With this in mind, proposals are invited for essays of c.7000 words exploring representations of the following in contemporary popular fantasy across all media and cultural formats:

Trans* characters;
Non-binary gender, genderqueer and genderfluid characters;
LGB characters;
Queer characters;
Asexual characters;
Cisgender women and men characters which challenge or do not conform to heteronormativity;
Non-monogamy and non-monogamous characters and relationships;
Non-normative femininity/masculinity;
BDSM and alternative sexualities and sexual practices;
Intersections between gender and sexuality and race, class, dis/ability, mental health, and national and regional identities.

In addition to:

The work of LGBTQI or poly-identified writers, artists, directors, producers, etc. in all fields of contemporary popular fantasy;
Relationships between popular fantasy and feminism, gender studies, queer theory and politics;
Authorial responsibility regarding the representation of gender and sexuality;
Potentials and possibilities for non-normative representations of gender and sexuality in popular fantasy.

These lists are far from complete and should be taken only as a starting point, rather than definitive.

The intention in this collection is engage directly and explicitly with an enormously successful popular genre which is often overlooked by literary and cultural criticism, rather than to look at ‘the fantastic’ broadly conceived. This is not to ignore the permeable boundaries of popular fantasy and the ways in which this genre is in continual dialogue with other genres. Essays exploring liminality – as long as they maintain a primary focus on gender and sexuality – are welcome.

The scope of the contemporary is as unstable as the boundaries of genre and therefore is open to discussion. Generally speaking texts under discussion should have been produced, released or published within the last 20 years, however if there is a clear reason for expanding this timeframe earlier texts may be considered. Please do get in touch to discuss your ideas.

Once selected the table of contents and abstracts will be submitted to Ashgate Publishing, who have expressed an interest. Final inclusion in the published volume will be subject to peer review.

Please send proposals of 500 words plus a short biography to by 15th December.

Dr Jude Roberts
Associate Lecturer
London Semester Programme
Birkbeck College
University of London

The 2014 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing is now open for submissions. Please note there is a class-project category. Guidelines follow:


For Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing


 The Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing (formerly the Isaac Asimov Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing) has been established by Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and is supported by the School of Mass Communications at the University of South Florida.

The $500 award goes to the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story submitted by a full-time undergraduate college student. The winner will be invited to the IAFA annual Conference on the Fantastic in mid-March in Orlando, FL, and the winning story will be published in Asimov’s in print or on-line.

In general, the winner of the Dell Magazines Award will be the story that best meets the expectations of the judges. Those stories typically are “character oriented”; i.e., the characters, rather than the science, provide the main focus for the reader’s interest. Serious, thoughtful, yet accessible fiction will have the best chance of success.

Deadline for entries for this year’s contest is midnight (ET), Tuesday, January 7, 2014.

The contest is open to all full-time undergraduates at accredited colleges and universities. The award is not limited to unpublished authors, but all submissions must be previously unpublished and unsold, and they should be from 1,000 to 10,000 words long. Writers may submit an unlimited number of stories, but each manuscript must include a cover sheet with the writer’s name, address, phone number, and the name of the university the writer attends. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, with adequate margins, and with pages numbered. Your name should not be on the manuscript itself after the cover sheet.

The judges reserve the right to double-check your university status. For this year’s contest, you must have been a full-time undergraduate during the fall 2012; spring 2013 summer 2013; or fall 2013 semesters (or quarters) of your university or college.

Story submissions should have been written during your time as a student. However, if you attended college full-time during a qualifying semester and then graduated, went to part-time status or quit entirely for a time, you are still eligible.

The winner will be determined by the editors of Asimov’ magazine and the award administrator.

There is a $5 entry fee per story.

You can submit your story electronically at and there is a PayPal option for the entry fee. If you like, you can elect to mail the story to the address below along with your submission fee or you can send the story as an attachment to and mail the entry fee or utilize PayPal separately.

You can also find us on Facebook by searching for the Dell Magazines Award or going to this site:


IMPORTANT: There is a special class-project category. Any instructor may submit an unlimited number of stories from any one class for a flat rate of $15. The manuscripts must meet the general requirements of the award and should be put into one envelope or sent directly to the administrator as email attachments along with a brief cover letter from the instructor listing the college or university and the name of the class. This offer is for any college class and not limited to creative-writing classes. The instructor should contact Dr. Rick Wilber at


Manuscripts cannot be returned, but if you include a self-addressed stamped envelope, we will send you an announcement of the winner and runners-up. The finalists are usually announced by mid-February.


Dell Magazines Award/CIS 3095

School of Mass Communications/USF/4202 E. Fowler

Tampa, Fla. 33620

If you have any questions, you can reach Dr. Wilber at this e-mail address:

Stories by previous Dell Award winners are available at the Asimov’s Science Fiction homepage at: The complete list of winners and finalists is on this website.


Dr. Rick Wilber

Instructor/School of Mass Communications

University of South Florida

Director/USF Ireland Travel Study

Administrator/Dell Magazines Award