Sunvault: Stories of Solarpunk & Eco-Speculation is an anthology of original fiction forthcoming in Spring 2017 from Upper Rubber Boot after a successful Kickstarter campaign, edited by Phoebe Wagner and Brontë Wieland. I got in touch with Phoebe as part of my continuing efforts to learn how to edit an eco-themed journal.
Michael: What kind of submissions were you hoping for?
Phoebe: Well written and imaginative. Since solarpunk is still developing as a genre, we weren’t sure what exactly would show up in our inbox. If the story made us think differently about the world or catch our breath, we were excited.
Michael: Did you solicit specific writers or seek unsolicited submissions or both?
Phoebe: We did both. Diversity is an ongoing issue in the publishing world, so we wanted to solicit women, writers of color, and writers from the LGBTQ+ community.
Michael: Did you seek out writers from marginalized groups, and if so, how?
Phoebe: Partly through soliciting manuscripts, but also by emphasizing our desire for diversity in the submission guidelines. As we were reading submissions while the submission period was still open, we also tweeted about what marginalized groups we hadn’t seen submissions from yet in hopes to encourage more voices.
Michael: Did you get enough submissions/good enough submissions/the kind of submissions you were hoping for?
Phoebe: We did!
Michael: Is the set of stories you’ve chosen different from what you expected?
Phoebe: Yes and no. Some stories are so unique I couldn’t imagine them on the page until I read them. Others deal with solarpunk in a more straight forward manner. Overall, reading how writers and artists interpreted solarpunk was invigorating.
Michael: Are you satisfied?
Phoebe: More than satisfied! Working with the authors and artists was a truly rewarding experience, and we can’t wait to have the finished book out in the world!
Michael: How have you found the solarpunk community? Is it vibrant/thriving/growing?