AJ French is "excited to announce that I will be editing a new anthology for Static Movement called Monk Punk. Here are the guidelines:
Seeking Monk Punk stories between 1000 and 6000 words that will help broaden and define this elusive sub-genre of speculative fiction. Monk Punk is a variant strain of science fiction where lovable monks are the heroes (or anti-heros) of events unfolding in a post-apocalyptic era, alt-history era, fantasy setting, or historical fiction setting.
Seeking both Eastern and Western monks. That means Franciscan (Catholic) monks (of the Christian stock) and Buddhist monks (from Tibet and other parts of Asia, which includes monks of Chinese Mysticism and Kung Fu). The Name of the Rose movie is a good example of this (from a Western perspective) and the new movie The Last Airbender is a good example of Eastern Monk Punk. Anything involving monks that takes place in a monastery or temple, however I will also accept monks going along their own path. I will accept horror/zombie Monk Punk stories, as well as murder mystery and thriller Monk Punk stories.
For Eastern inspiration see: Geoff Ryman’s short story, 'The Last Ten Years in the Life of Hero Kai,' The Tales of the Otori Trilogy, Catherynne M. Valente’s Yume no Hon: The Book of Dreams. For Western inspiration see: Walter Miller’s A Canticle for Leibowitz, Neal Stephenson’s Anathem, and Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose. And feel free to blend all aspects.
Please send your submissions to email@example.com Put 'Monk Punk' in the subject line and attach your story as a word document. Please proofread your work and send only your very best, as I will be submitting this book to end of the year Best Of collections (likely 2011).
Send word attachments (no .docx), single spaced, indented paragraphs with no space between paragraphs, no headers, footers, or embedded text. No underlines (use italics). No single quotation marks for dialogue (curly quotes). One space after periods instead of two. Open until filled. Response time: two weeks."