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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.

Also note that I'm not affiliated with this anthology in any way, nor do I know anything about it beyond what's below; if you have questions, please direct them to the editors.

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? Right now.

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 plain dorky.

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 programmers)
  • 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 gaming world.
  • 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 Document or Rich Text Format file to Annalee Newitz and Charlie Anders at sheissuchageek@gmail.com.

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.


sounds interesting, would you consider accepting comics? and if so what would the page size and other requirements be?

There are quite a number of Geek Girls at pulpfaction.net who might be interested and the woman who runs pulpfaction is quite a geek girl and a fabulous artist, see?



Hi, Liz. Please note that I'm in no way affiliated with this publication; if you have questions, you'll have to email them to the editors. See the call-for-subs for more information.

Essay? Well, I write a web-comic called "Heidi, Geek Girl Detective" (www.planetheidi.com). I guess that doesn't count since it's not an essay.

ah, so I see, silly me for reading too quickly. I love comic essays, it's a great way to absorb information

So they want us to supply content and pay? I think that contributors should get a free book for their efforts rather than pay for the privelege of possibly having their submission accepted. No thanks, I'll keep my story to myself.

I can't decide whether Anonymous here is just pulling my leg or not. In case not, I recommend reading the boldface parts of the call-for-subs, particularly the part about how much they're paying. That's the line that starts with the boldface word "Payment."

But I can't imagine how anyone could read that as indicating that you have to pay to be published, so I'm guessing Anonymous is just trying to get a rise out of me. Well done, Anonymous! It worked!

so Jed,

I am dumb a silly as anonymus is: is it requested to pay to partecipate?


Long live girl geek power!

I think that contributors should get a free book for their efforts rather than pay for the privelege of possibly having their submission accepted

The thing that I don't get is why trolls and jokesters find it so amusing to pretend they can't read.

Btw, "G.G.", I removed the link to your site, since it was clearly spam. But I figured I might as well leave the trolling comment in place.

I think it's time to close comments on this entry too.