Feminist Press Looking for Manga Artists and Writers

August 25th, 2006

Call for proposals

Girls and Science

The Feminist Press, in collaboration with The National Science Foundation, is exploring new ways to get girls and young women interested in science. While there are many library resources featuring biographies of women scientists that are suitable for school reports, these are rarely the books that girls seek out themselves to read for pleasure. What would a book, or series of books, about science that girls really want to read look like? That is the question we want to answer.

You’ll find several requests for specific proposals at our website. One calls for scientific detective stories based on the life, research, and discoveries of real women scientists. Another calls for stories featuring real young women—aspiring gymnasts, ice skaters, actors, dancers–using a knowledge of science to help them become really good at what they do. A third recognizes how popular Manga and graphic novels are with girls, and asks for imaginative new collaborations between Manga writers and artists to create adventures about girls who use real science to accomplish their goals. If any of these three book ideas interest you, please check out our website (www.feministpress.org) for more information about deadline and how to submit proposals.

But we do not want to limit our exploration. If you are a writer and have an idea for a book or series of books that is guaranteed to get girls excited about science, we want to hear from you. You may want to create a girl detective series featuring a set of friends—from geeks to sports nuts to mechanical geniuses–each with a knowledge of science that helps in solving crimes. You may want to create a story about a shy girl who goes on field trips with her favorite aunt, a forensic anthropologist, and helps to solve problems as she learns to think like a Dr. Bones. You may want to tell the story of a young science fiction writer who needs to study different fields of science in order to create her adventures. Whatever your vision, if you can write like a dream and can create works that are guaranteed to instill a curiosity about science in girls and young women, send us your proposals. We want to hear from you.

All proposals will be reviewed. Several proposals will be offered standard contracts.

Publisher: The Feminist Press at City University of New York as part of a National Science Foundation grant. (see feministpress.org)

Deadline: October 31, 2006

Format: Proposals should describe the project, the plot, characters, and length. No more than ten pages please.

How to submit: Electronic submission (word doc) to fhowe@gc.cuny.edu with the subject line “Girls and Science.” Please include in the body of your email your address, phone number, email address and a short bio. Please also attach a brief sample of your writing (about five pages), and a resume that includes information about publications.

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4 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/

    Oh wait… REAL science… drat.

  2. That was basically the only comic anyone could think of, when they came up with this project.

    The fact that there are hundreds of romance manga and not a single one about women in science that anyone (including my Japanese contacts) could come up with, was one more motivating factor.

  3. Anonymous says:

    That can’t be right. Every nerd who’s watched Lain can tell you that being all techy can make an otherwise boring girl really… er… sexy isn’t the right word… cute isn’t the right word… emo-ly adorable? Help me out here people!

    Also, are there really that many manga with MEN as scientists? Of course, I only see the stuff that’s been translated, but I can’t think of any with scientist main characters.

  4. Elae says:

    Kat & Mouse sounds like it fits the bill pretty well- get young girls to see that science can be cool. Heck, it even comes with a lab experiment in the back.

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