[ACML] CFP: "Girls and Science" Manga from Feminist Press

Erica Friedman yuricon at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 24 14:05:18 EDT 2006

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Call for proposals

Girls and Science

The Feminist Press, in collaboration with The National Science Foundation, 
is exploring new ways to get girls and young women interested in science. 
While there are many library resources featuring biographies of women 
scientists that are suitable for school reports, these are rarely the books 
that girls seek out themselves to read for pleasure. What would a book, or 
series of books, about science that girls really want to read look like? 
That is the question we want to answer.

You’ll find several requests for specific proposals at our website. One 
calls for scientific detective stories based on the life, research, and 
discoveries of real women scientists. Another calls for stories featuring 
real young women—aspiring gymnasts, ice skaters, actors, dancers--using a 
knowledge of science to help them become really good at what they do. A 
third recognizes how popular Manga and graphic novels are with girls, and 
asks for imaginative new collaborations between Manga writers and artists to 
create adventures about girls who use real science to accomplish their 
goals. If any of these three book ideas interest you, please check out our 
website (www.feministpress.org) for more information about deadline and how 
to submit proposals.

But we do not want to limit our exploration. If you are a writer and have an 
idea for a book or series of books that is guaranteed to get girls excited 
about science, we want to hear from you. You may want to create a girl 
detective series featuring a set of friends—from geeks to sports nuts to 
mechanical geniuses--each with a knowledge of science that helps in solving 
crimes. You may want to create a story about a shy girl who goes on field 
trips with her favorite aunt, a forensic anthropologist, and helps to solve 
problems as she learns to think like a Dr. Bones. You may want to tell the 
story of a young science fiction writer who needs to study different fields 
of science in order to create her adventures. Whatever your vision, if you 
can write like a dream and can create works that are guaranteed to instill a 
curiosity about science in girls and young women, send us your proposals. We 
want to hear from you.

All proposals will be reviewed.  Several proposals will be offered standard 

Publisher: The Feminist Press at City University of New York as part of a 
National Science Foundation grant.  (see feministpress.org)

Deadline: October 31, 2006

Format: Proposals should describe the project, the plot, characters, and 
length.  No more than ten pages please.

How to submit: Electronic submission (word doc) to fhowe at gc.cuny.edu with 
the subject line “Girls and Science.”  Please include in the body of your 
email your address, phone number, email address and a short bio. Please also 
attach a brief sample of your writing (about five pages), and a resume that 
includes information about publications..




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