Non-fiction Project – Deadline for submissions: 8 January, 2017

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. To submit, or if you have any queries, please send your submission to – and if you need guidance on what type of letter we’re looking for, please see our previous work, Letters to Tiptree.

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 Amin Chehelnabi, who was a 2011 Aurealis Award Judge and an alumnus of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Workshop at UC San Diego in 2014. He was also a recipient of the Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Award, and in 2016 paneled for the Shaping Change Conference at UCSD, with regard to this Scholarship and what Butler and her work meant to him.


We are CURRENTLY CLOSED to all other submissions.

This page shall be updated once our submission status changes. We are unable to give an ETA for when this may change. We are currently working through our current projects. 

General Guidelines

Submissions must be made via email. Standard rules for formatting are expected; authors should submit manuscripts that are proofread, clean and easy to read. See particular projects for further information.


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