Wonderbox Publishing

A rabbit warren of digital and speculative fiction.

About Wonderbox

We at Wonderbox think the publishing world is very, very late to some rather important dates.

The world is now online, on computers, on mobiles, on tablets, on social media. Our communications media is all streaming, from music to TV to games.

We think digital fiction and scholarship deserve a setting at the tea party, too.

We are creative practitioners and digital scholars in creative writing, publishing, bookselling, digital fiction, games, and digital media. We created Wonderbox Publishing to provide opportunities for all those misfit texts out there, from digital fiction (in Flash, Twine games, Javascript, apps, and more) to digital scholarship (hybrid articles, online books, e-books, web supplements, etc.).

Submissions

Digital Fiction

Hybrid. Hyper. Digital. New. What we're looking for is fiction that crosses the divide between print and digital, in whatever form that may take. Some examples might be:

  • Born-digital works - fiction created on and for digital devices
    • Hyperfiction, storygames, literary games, hypertexts, Flash fiction, interactive fiction
  • Print-digital hybrids - fiction that exists across both traditional and digital forms
    • Hyperlinked e-books, print & digital alternatives

Not sure if your work is a fit for Wonderbox? Send us a proposal.

Prose Fiction

Some stories tell us about our own world and societies by creating new ones. We're looking for speculative fiction that asks What if? Whether that be alternative history, science fiction, contemporary fantasy, dystopia, or magical realism, we're interested in speculative fiction that engages us in alternative storyworlds while making us think about our everyday world. Think Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and Oryx and Crake series, Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Neverwhere, and Anne Leckie's Ancillary Justice.

We're also interested in fiction that embraces the themes & aesthetics of digital culture: print books with digital influences/themes, such as nonlinear reading orders, multimodal presentation, interactivity, and/or gameplay. We're inspired by Mark Danielewski's House of Leaves, Julio Cortázar's Hopscotch, and Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series.

Scholarship

Innovations in arts & humanities research, from hybrid forms to interdisciplinary research to studies of digital technologies and cultures. Some examples might be:

  • Hybrid forms - scholarship presented in digital or print-digital hybrid formats
    • Hypertexts, multimedia presentations, 'living' texts (such as scalar books or academic blogs)
  • Print-digital hybrids - scholarship that exists across both traditional and digital forms
    • Hyperlinked e-books, print & digital alternatives
  • Digital themes - scholarship examining the themes & aesthetics of digital culture & humanities
    • Books disseminating research on digital arts, humanities, & cultures

Not sure if your research is a fit for Wonderbox? Send us a brief inquiry.

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Submission Guidelines

Prose Fiction

Submit a cover letter and the first three chapters of the book in manuscript format, preferably as a PDF. Other accepted file types are .docx, .doc, and .rtf.

Hyperfiction

Given the many different types of hyperfiction, we have no requirements for file types, software platforms, or formatting. But to ensure we can review the work, please try to:

  • Submit non-proprietary file types that will open/play on any OS and/or browser.
  • Submit a link to the work in the "plain-text" box of the submissions page, whether it's already published online, or to a public filedrop, such as Dropbox or iCloud.
  • Include credits for all resources used, such as media appropriated from the commons, noting the license under which they were shared.
  • Limit your submitted file size to 15MB. If your work is larger, please submit a link to a public filedrop in the "plain-text" box of the submissions page.

Scholarship Proposals

Please include the following in your proposal:

  • 1-page cover letter
  • A CV for all authors
  • 2 sample chapters
  • Proposal sections (5-7 pages total):
    • Rationale - your text's significance & contribution
    • Structure - how your text will be organised, including any digital/hybrid elements
    • Table of Contents - annotated, with a brief description of each section/chapter
    • Market - a discussion of the current market for your text
If your work is a hybrid form, please follow the guidelines for Hyperfiction.

Contact

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