We are excited to announce The Space Crone Prize for speculative and science short fiction.
The special one-off prize, established by Silver Press in collaboration with The Ursula K. Le Guin Literary Trust, celebrates the publication of Space Crone by Ursula K. Le Guin, a selection of essays edited by So Mayer and Sarah Shin.
Space Crone includes the essay ‘Is Gender Necessary? (Redux)’ in which Le Guin reflects on The Left Hand of Darkness (1969). In being ‘about’ gender, Left Hand is in fact about something more revolutionary: like the Foretelling practice of the genderfluid Gethenians, the subject of gender seems to ‘exhibit the perfect uselessness of knowing the answer to the wrong question’.
The Space Crone Prize invites short fiction that speculates about questions about difference and gender. The prize is open to UK-based entrants who identify as one or more of: women, intersex, non-binary, agender, genderfluid and trans, and will be awarded by a selection panel (to be announced).
The winner will receive a £1000 prize and a mentoring session with the editors of Space Crone. Three shortlisted stories will be published on the Silver Press blog. The winning story will also appear in Granta magazine.
Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2023