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----- Forwarded message from Helen Varley Jamieson <firstname.lastname@example.org> -----
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2005 12:05:51 +1300
From: Helen Varley Jamieson <email@example.com>
Subject: [etc-int] Fwd: for geeky women
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>(Please forward to any geeky female friends you may have...)
>Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders are editing an anthology of essays
>titled She's Such a Geek; below is a copy of the call for subs
>(posted with permission). Spread the word!
>Note that this anthology is open only to female writers.
>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?
>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
>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
> * 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
> * 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 personally.
helen varley jamieson: creative catalyst
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