Independent publisher Angry Robot Books has extended indefinitely its open submission window for sci-fi and fantasy novels by black authors, following a positive response to the initiative.
Launched in July, the publisher is seeking finished works of 60,000-plus words that fall in to the science fiction and fantasy category, from black writers who don't have agented representation. The end date was due to be 30th September, but the window has now been extended indefinitely.
A spokesperson for the press said: "We are proud and excited to be able to offer this avenue to any black unagented author, and it is our aim to reply to and provide feedback for every submission that we receive within three months of receipt. We are now reading through the first batch of submissions, and will be responding to their authors in the coming weeks."
Authors are invited to send a single submission, in addition to a covering letter and a synopsis.
In a statement, commissioning editor Eleanor Teasdale said: "The recent Black Lives Matter protests around the world, and the vital conversations they have sparked in our industry, show us that even if you think you are an inclusive, forward-thinking publisher, there is so much more work waiting to be done.
"By keeping our Black Voices Matter open submissions inbox open indefinitely, we hope to give the largest possible number of black writers the opportunity to submit their work, and allow us the time necessary to provide every author with feedback on their submission. This is a small step towards making our list as inclusive and representative of the voices we are missing as we can, one that I am very excited for Angry Robot to take, and to continue to build upon."
Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson has just been announced the winner of the inaugaral Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award, which similarly seeks to promote sci-fi and fantasy authors of colour.