Clarkesworld – The Cyborg Anthology: UPGRADED

Through Twitter, I recently discovered that Clarkesworld is accepting submissions for an anthology called UPGRADED. Here are the details from Neil Clarke:



An original science fiction anthology of cyborg stories edited by a cyborg.

Pay rate: Seven cents per word
Story Length: 1000-8000 words
Simultaneous Submissions: NO
Reprints: NO
Formatting: .doc or .rtf files in Standard Manuscript Format
Paper Submissions: NO
Electronic Submissions:
Rights Purchased: First Print and Electronic Rights. Book will be published in print, ebook and (possibly) audio editions.
Deadline: Tentatively set for 9/15/2013. Will revise after first week of submissions. October 31, 2013

Obvious Requirement: Cyborgs or cyborg-related issues must play a role in the story.

Feel free to explore this theme as widely as you like. Have fun with it and keep in mind that not all cyborgs need to be human.

Don’t Send:

  • Zombie stories. Seriously. NO.
  • Stories previously rejected by Clarkesworld. (I’ve seen it already.)
  • Stories involving horrible things happening to children.
  • Cyborgs that just escaped from Doctor Who, Star Trek, etc.

Authors already scheduled to appear in this anthology: Elizabeth Bear, Helena Bell, Tobias S. Buckell, Pat Cadigan, Greg Egan, Xia Jia, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, Chen Qiufan, Robert Reed, E. Catherine Tobler, Genevieve Valentine, Peter Watts, E. Lily Yu.


Pretty impressive list of authors.  I think I might have to consider writing something for this.  Go big or go home, as they say.

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