Octavia Estelle Butler was born on 22 June, 1947, and died in 2006. In celebration of what would have been her 70th birthday in 2017, and in recognition of Butler’s enormous influence on speculative fiction, and African-American literature more generally, Twelfth Planet Press is publishing a selection of letters and essays written by science fiction and fantasy’s writers, editors, critics and fans.

We are looking for letters addressed to Butler, which should be between 1000 and 1500 words. We are paying 5cpw up to $USD75 for letters, to be paid on publication. We are looking for World First Publication Rights in English, and exclusivity for the first twelve months of publication.

The deadline for submissions is 8 January, 2017. Twelfth Planet Press plans to publish the volume in time for Butler’s birthday on the 22nd of June 2017. Look to our Submissions Page for further details.


The editors are Alexandra Pierce, editor of the award-winning Letters to Tiptree and co-host of the Hugo Award-winning podcast Galactic Suburbia, and Mimi Mondal, 2015 recipient of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship at the Clarion West Writing Workshop, whose debut short story collection Other People is upcoming in 2017.