Disabled and/or neurodivergent writers – send us your work!

Our Submissions Portal for this special issue will be open from 11th - 13th July 2021.

Disabled and/or neurodivergent writers – send us your work! We’re looking for short stories, poetry, non-fiction and reviews with a focus on sci-fi (perhaps with a dash of fantasy or speculative elements) to be published in Shoreline of Infinity – including a special issue with all contributions by disabled and/or neurodivergent people.

If you’ve got something you’re passionate about that doesn’t fit one of those formats (and isn’t over 6000 words), feel free to submit it as long as it’s relevant to sci-fi – some fantasy or speculative elements are also welcome. The chosen pieces of writing will feature in the magazine and/or in the supplementals on our website.

  • Short stories can be any length between 6 and 6000 words.
  • Poems can be up to 100 lines long. Writers may include up to 5 poems per submission.
  • Reviews can be up to 800 words long. We welcome reviews of all kinds of media so long as the content is relevant to sci-fi storytelling. Your review may focus on accessibility and/or representation if you wish, but this is not a requirement.

Our goal is to publish an issue of Shoreline of Infinity celebrating disabled and/or neurodivergent people’s contributions. Please specify how you identify when you apply. You can keep it as general as “disabled” or “neurodivergent”, or give a more specific description – whatever you’d be comfortable with having printed. All applicants are welcome to use pseudonyms if they wish to protect their privacy. 

Your work is very welcome to engage with themes relating to disability and/or neurodivergence, but this is not a requirement. If you do wish to engage with these themes, here are just a few examples of the kinds of topics we’d be interested to read about:

  • Disabled joy / neurodivergent joy
  • Disability justice 
  • Neurodiversity paradigm
  • Disabled/neurodivergent representation in media
  • Cultural model of disability / social model of disability
  • Accessibility / reasonable adjustments 
  • Empowering technology/magic
  • Service animals/AIs/robots 
  • Carers
  • Transhumanism 
  • Fictional disabilities
  • Pain / pain management
  • Medical trauma
  • Ableism / stigma
  • Medical model of disability
  • Eugenics

This special issue will be guest edited by Jo Ross-Barrett, an autistic non-binary person who has depression and anxiety. They work in publishing as an inclusion consultant – you can find out more about their work here. You can find some of their writing on being neurodivergent and disabled in So Hormonal by Monstrous Regiment and We Are Here by Coin-Operated Press.

To get an idea of what Shoreline of Infinity is looking for, please consider purchasing and reading previous issues of Shoreline of Infinity. It is available in printed and digital versions. Shoreline of Infinity 20 is available for free download.

If you want to read another issue but are experiencing financial hardship – just use our contact form to request a copy of another issue, and we’ll email you a digital version with no questions asked.

The special issue will be published in digital format in November 2021, but the submission window for this issue is:

11th – 13th July 2021 – put this date in your calendar.

Full information, and the link to the window is in our Submissions page

We look forward to see what you send us.