Call for applications

Boston Review special issue – Global Dystopias

Boston Review - A Political and Literary Forum, United States
Deadline: 01 May 2017

Boston Review special issue – Global Dystopias

A special call for submissions from Boston Review’s fiction editor Junot Díaz:

Over the last decades dystopian narratives have proliferated to the point where they seem to have become our default mode for conceptualizing the future. But dystopias are not merely fantasies of a minatory future; they offer critically important reflection upon our present. If (as Tom Moylan has argued) traditional dystopias crafted cognitive maps of the terrors of the twentieth century, what cognitive maps does our current dystopian turn provide us of our turbulent global present?

Throughout 2017,Boston Review will feature stories, essays, and interviews on the theme of global dystopias. The project will culminate in a special print issue in the fall of 2017.

Boston Review is seeking essays, interviews, and fiction from writers around the globe that engage the theme of dystopia. Nonfiction, personal essay, genre fiction (SF, fantasy, horror, Afrofuturist, slipstream), and work that resides across/between genres are welcome.

Submissions might explore, but are not limited to:

•Inequality / precarity

•Climate change

•Global democracy

•Civic media and civic imaginaries


•The War on Terror

•The Global South

•International politics and speculative futures


•The future of females

•Gendered violence

•Radical futurities

The submissions period is open for fiction and nonfiction via Submittable until May 1, 2017. Listen to Junot Díaz discuss his vision for the special issue here.


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