Science Write Now is a network of people and resources that support creative writing about science. We believe that truth comes in many forms, some of which—like fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and memoir—help us translate complex or remote ideas into everyday lives, build spaces for empathy and change.
We aim to:
(1) help writers and scientists explore creative ways of communicating science;
(2) inspire diverse writers to incorporate science into their practice; and
(3) facilitate sustainable, creative connections between scientists and writers.
To achieve these goals, Science Write Now will build an inclusive digital space that showcases and supports writing and writers across the science/literary ‘divide’; collates inspiring scientific images and links; and builds new collaborative networks.
Please submit your new or previously published poems, short stories, book reviews, or literary or personal essays related to science, technology, engineering, or maths. In addition to the theme of our upcoming edition, we’re particularly interested in work that showcases Indigenous perspectives on nature and the environment; or that involves or examines images or illustration.
Pitches or completed pieces are fine.
Submissions are now open for Issue #6: Natural History/Historians
This edition of Science Write Now will explore the natural history and historians that have shaped our understanding of the Australian environment and beyond. Who are the diverse people who have named, re-named and categorised the flora and fauna and fungi of our world? How has culture, experience, memory, and education driven their perspectives (and thus ours) of nature? What does observation tell us that experimentation doesn’t? What are the legacies of Western approaches to natural history in Australia, and how might these be contested? What role does gender play in shaping the knowledge derived from natural history?
We welcome new and previously-published craft or creative essays, fiction, memoir, and poetry related to these themes, with a view to publication in December 2021.
Submissions for Issue #6 are open via Submittable until 30 November 2021.
We pay $0.30/word up to $390 for new writing, $70 for a single poem or $180 for three poems, $40 for reprint stories or essays, and $20 for reprint poems.
Please note—due to current funding arrangements, we can only pay for pieces by Australian writers or by writers living in Australia. We’re hoping to expand internationally soon!
For more information, visit https://www.sciencewritenow.com/submissions