ANNOUNCING: A NEW OPEN DOOR PERIOD AT ANGRY ROBOTBy
The tides of publishing are changing rapidly and Angry Robot remains right at the forefront, surfing through the storms on an insulated circuit board. Another wave is coming down the pipe, this time of our own creation. That’s right, it’s time for another Open Door period! (Brief pause for cannons, confetti, random cheap fireworks…)
As you may have noticed, we normally only accept submissions for new Angry Robot books from literary agents or people known to us. But for a couple of months every year we are delighted to open our doors wide and encourage proposals from one and all.
In fact, several of our most notable novels over the years have come to us through our Open Door periods. If you know Angry Robot, you surely know Wesley Chu’s award-winning Tao series – The Lives of Tao, The Deaths of Tao, The Rebirths of Tao. Wesley’s debut came to us as an Open Door discovery, as did Philip K Dick Award-nominated Cassandra Rose Clarke, Lee Collins, Lee Battersby, and the upcoming Drake by Peter McLean. Why not join them?
When when when?!?
The Open Door period will last from 1 December 15 to 31 January 2016. Yes, that does coincidentally mean that you could take advantage of this year’s NaNoWriMo to finish that manuscript in time to get it in to us. You clever thing.
Never mind that – take me straight to the full guidelines!!
What are you looking for?
A book that will fit with the Angry Robot range – which as you surely know includes SF, F and a little pinch of WTF. Note that we are looking for full-length novels, not short stories, novellas, epic poems, comic book scripts, etc etc. Angry Robot books are aimed at adults, so no middle grade or young adult themes this time.
Who are you looking for?
Anyone who has written a thoroughly entertaining, full-length science fiction or fantasy novel. Our Open Door is open to all.
We did want to say the following though. We appreciate diversity at Angry Robot. Our track record at AR speaks for itself, but we can do even better. We also know that writers from diverse backgrounds are sometimes hesitant to submit. So we’re saying this in big letters:
We want to explicitly invite writers from diverse backgrounds and lived experiences to submit to this Open Door.
Several of our most commercially and critically-successful books have come from writers speaking from diverse backgrounds and/or about diverse characters.
This genre belongs to everyone, and we at Angry Robot want to be a part of making that maxim true in practice by championing diverse voices and helping them reach a wide audience.
So everyone, send us your best work. Show us worlds real and imagined with all their glorious complexity and diversity, that reflects the reality of today’s culture. We can’t wait to see what stories you all have to share.
Tell us more!
Patience, padawan. More detailed notes are coming soon, before the end of the month. We love you all, but please don’t send us intricate questions until we post those details, as they should answer your queries. For now, the message is simple:
- • The next Angry Robot Open Door opens December 1st 2015
- • It will close on January 31st 2016
- • It will be open to full-length science fiction and fantasy novels
- • We want to buy and publish the best of these books on the Angry Robot list
- • Angry Robot have found a notable clutch of fabulous writers from Open Door in past – this time, it could be you