For Books Sake || Open Submissions

Please see below all info on how to submit a story about Roller Derby to our wonderful friends @ For Books’ Sake!

“Here at For Books’ Sake, we love roller derby. Love it. Amazing, athletic women getting aggressive while wearing rollerskates. What’s not to love about that?

And the London Rollergirls (last seen on For Books’ Sake when we took Channel 4′s The TV Book Club to the bout held on World Book Night) are our first and foremost derby loves.

The first, largest and longest-running roller derby league in the UK, the London Rollergirls came hot on the wheels of the sport’s American resurgence, and have since become the first European member of theWFTDA (Women’s Flat-Track Derby Association).

Elsewhere around the UK and beyond, roller derby as a sport is exploding.Whip It! saw cinema audiences worldwide swooning over Juliette Lewis,Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore on rollerskates.

The first ever Roller Derby World Cup took place last year and in 2012 theNational Museum of Roller Derby was established. There’s even been talk of it being included in the 2020 Olympics.

We love roller derby, and with so many incredible women involved, it’s the ideal subject for our next anthology. So drum roll please: we’re collaborating with the London Rollergirls on a brand new collection of derby-themed fiction, and we want you to get involved.

Write us a story about roller derby – all styles and genres are welcome – and email it to us by Sunday 28th October 2012. With the London Rollergirls, we’ll compile our favourites into an anthology, to be published early 2013.

Want in? For more details, check out the terms and conditions below, or get in touch if you have any questions.

Terms and conditions:

1. Submissions must be the author’s own, previously unpublished work.

2. Submissions must be no longer than 5,000 words (there is no minimum word count), submitted as an attachment in .rtf, .doc or .docx format by email to by midnight on Sunday 28th October 2012.

3. Authors may be based anywhere around the world.

4. Authors of all genders are welcome.

5. Shortlisted authors will be notified by email by early November. Shortlisted authors will be asked for a short biography for inclusion in the anthology, and minor edits to their stories may be requested.

6. Authors retain all rights to their work, however we do request that entrants refrain from publishing submitted stories elsewhere during the submissions period, and shortlisted authors will be required to refrain from publishing their stories elsewhere for a reasonable period thereafter.”

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