An anthology of speculative historical fiction revealing the voices of silenced dreamers
Most written chronicles of history, and most speculative stories, put rulers, conquerors, and invaders front and center. People with less power, money, or status—enslaved people, indigenous people, people of color, queer people, laborers, women, people with disabilities, the very young and very old, and religious minorities, among others—are relegated to the margins. Today, mainstream history continues to perpetuate one-sided versions of the past while mistelling or erasing the stories of the rest of the world.
There is a long and honorable legacy of literary resistance to erasure. This anthology partakes of that legacy. It will feature stories from the margins of speculative history, each taking place between 1400 and the early 1900s and putting a speculative twist—an element of science fiction, fantasy, horror, or the unclassifiably strange—on real past events.
Our plan is to include about 20 stories, or about 100,000 words. The anthology will be released in trade paperback and DRM-free digital formats in the first quarter of 2014.
Assuming we reach our goal, there will be open submissions to fill the rest of the anthology! The pay rate will be $0.05 per word, for stories up to ~7000 words. Submissions will open as soon as the Kickstarter ends.
STRETCH GOAL: Bigger anthology! At $20k we will add ~10 stories/~50,000 words to the anthology, 50% more! ALL copies (ebook, paperback & hardcover) will have the extra content at no extra cost to you!
Only $1595 needed to make the book 50% bigger! C’mon, y’all, boost!
$1155 left to go…we can do this! Long Hidden is going to be amazing and with your help it can be twice as amazing!