Ends on October 1, 2017
Speculative writing, whatever the sub-genre, is full of food scenes. Food can be integral to the magic, the meetings, the processes of narratives from hard SF to high fantasy. For all of us, eating is a symbolic and magical act, a transformation, a covenant, a ritual, a comfort, and a necessity, and this awareness has been expressed in story – all the way from myth, legend and fairy tale to modern speculative writing – in many memorable ways. Alice eats and drinks to participate in Wonderland, Ripley's alien has to feed its young, Persephone eats the pomegranate seeds and spends half her life in the Underworld, the witch entices Hansel and Gretel with food to become food, the food in 2001's famous white room is spookily nutritious and generic, and Soylent Green is people.

We can’t live without food, but sometimes we can’t live with it, either. In literature and in history, food-themed stories have had a darker side: starvation, poisonings (whether intentional or accidental), struggles with eating disorders, and more. We’re all drawn to candy coatings (in this case, literally) but we also want the story about how the missing ingredient ruined the feast.

For the Food of my People anthology, its award-winning editors seek speculative writing that makes the magic and reality of food and nourishment integral to each story and its outcome. 

See the story "The Food of My People" by Candas that sparked this anthology, and began as an enquiry into what might be the everyday magic of the post-aboriginal incomers to the Canadian prairies, the culture of the jellied salad and the Saskatoon pie. Ursula Pflug and Colleen Anderson chose it for Playground of Lost Toys (Exile Editions, 2015), and when Candas read the story at ICFA she and Ursula were enthusiastic with how many people stayed after to share stories of their food and heritage – including recipes! ... and the idea for The Food of My People: the anthology, was born.

Please include a recipe with your story! We do hope to see actual family recipes from all over the world, but also welcome fantastical recipes with imaginary ingredients – or both! In Laura Esquivel's Like Water for Chocolate, the recipes and plot lines are interwoven, and this is what will delight us most. Don’t booby-trap your recipes with nasty tastes or ingredients, and fantasy recipes must be clearly unattainable.
Note: The publisher intends to launch this book in Toronto (and follow in other locations), with a special food-related event, so authors will be selected to participate/read and their dishes will be professionally prepared and served.


Your submission can be in any speculative genre that suits the theme of your story.

Length: up to 5000 words. Art that relates to/complements the recipe may also be considered (i.e. if it runs through the story, or somehow adds a special “flavour” to the work, etc.).

Payment: 5 cents/word (CAD) for original fiction, and a contributor’s copy.
All writers must be Canadian citizens (living in Canada and/or paying taxes in Canada) and permanent residents of Canada. Note: if you are an ex-pat living abroad, or from another country, we do have a 10% window for content by non-Canadian residents.

We want to include a wide and diverse range of voices, including writers of colour and of indigenous/Native heritage, Francophone writers, those with disabilities, the vast LGBTQ2IA, and new generation writers (aged 18-30). As is our publishing tradition, we encourage works from creative people who come from all walks of life, those who are under-represented through the mainstream, because Exile cares a lot about the multiplicity of voices and perspectives that make up Canada.

No multiple submissions (send us your best stuff!). If you receive a rejection before the deadline, you may submit a new work.

We are looking for original fiction and artwork. Reprints will be considered only in extraordinary circumstances.

Submit stories in standard manuscript format as a .doc, .docx or .rtf, with indented paragraphs, italics in italics, and bold in bold. Include a cover letter with your name, story title, word count, full contact information, and previous publications in the body of the email.

Submissions in English only, although stories translated into English are also acceptable.

Rights purchased: First English-language rights & non-exclusive Anthology rights for one year from publication (print and eBook).

Submit via Submittable at: https://exilepublishing.submittable.com/submit

Deadline: August 1st, 2017

Reading Period: April 1 to August 1st, 2017, and replies will come before or by September 1st, 2017

Expected publication date: TBD

If you have any further questions, please write to us at foodofmypeople@gmail.com

Bawajigan: Stories of Power

Dreams (Bawajigan) have always played a powerful role in Indigenous cultures across Turtle Island: they have changed the course of history, and served as warning, insight, guidance, solace, or hope. In Bawajigan (Anishinaabemowin for Dream) – and the 17th volume in the Exile Book of Anthology Series – we are gathering fictional stories about what it means to dream and be Indigenous, how dreams weave their way through our realities, how they impact history, lived experience, and the stories we tell each other and the world. These can be lucid daydreams, waking trances, hallucinations, reveries, reoccurring nightmares, revenge-fantasies, fever-induced delirium, coma, sleep-paralysis visitations, sleep-walking disorders or sleep deprivation, communication with non-human entities, messages from beyond the grave, cybernetic ghosts, vision-quests, ceremony, or ghost-dancing hopes for the future, all while you just try to make it through the week. We want to hear your stories about the strength and power of dreams! 

Are dreams merely wish fulfillment? Can they offer healing, guidance or insight through psycho-analysis? What do dreams reveal or conceal? Are they another level of reality? Do computers, AI entities, or androids dream? Are we living inside of a holographic universe? What do animals or monsters or ghosts or devils dream about? What if two people had the same dream? What if there were predators that stalked our dreams? What if designer-dreams became just another product to sell? Do dream-worlds exist? Are dreams multi-dimensional or cross-dimensional realities? Who is that dream-man or dream-woman? What if a dream came true? What if they always came true? Do places incite specific times of dreaming? Are we our ancestors’ wildest dream come true? 

What are we looking for?

We prefer stories to be by Indigenous writers - which means anyone who identifies as First Nation, Inuit, Metis, Status and Non-Status (including those of mixed heritage/ancestry). We’d also love to consider Indigenous writers who are not Canadian, but keep in mind that at least 90% of the authors must be Canadian, or who continue to pay taxes in Canada while living abroad.

We also encourage submissions from New-generation (18-30 years of age) and Two Spirit / LGBTQIAP folk.

Submissions including Indigenous languages are also welcome, although please include English translations. 

The stories can be influenced by cultural understanding, traditional knowledge, set in modern day/historical/or futuristic settings, but filtered through a fictional lens. Stories can be in any genre, including but not limited to magic realism, alternative history, literary fiction, science-fiction, fantasy, horror, romantic comedy, erotica, urban-fantasy, mystery, and graphic-forms (comics and/or illustrations; we can even consider including a link to an online animation) — they can also be based on mythical creatures, supernatural entities, or technologies that do not exist in real life, so long as the story is in some way about drawing strength from the power of dreams.   

Tropes to Avoid: Think of The Wizard of Oz “it was all a dream” ending, and unless you think your story is particularly awesome, try to steer clear of this sort of ending, it can come across as a trick played on the reader at their expense.

Submission Details: 

Original unpublished work up to 5,000 words, fictional stories only. No novel excerpts, poetry or essays. If you have something that almost-but-not-quite fits the criteria as it is laid out here, but it’s burning a hole in your pocket and you are certain of its awesomeness, please do submit it anyway. Legible 12-point font. Please list your name, contact info, and word count on the first page.   

Call open until: October 1st 2017

Payment: 5 Cents/word CDN

Editors: Nathan Niigan Noodin Adler 

         & Christine Miskonoodinkwe Smith

Rights: Writers grants the publisher one year exclusive English World rights from date of publication/release; no reprint rights are allowed for one year from date of publication/release except at the discretion of the Publisher; non-exclusive English World rights one year after date of first publication/release.

Expected Publication Date:  May 2018

Submit via submittable: https://exilepublishing.submittable.com/submit/72583/bawajigan-stories-of-power-call-for-submissions