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We Are Currently Open for Lunarpunk Submissions
We are currently open only to queries for adult, new adult, and YA Lunarpunk books including:
novellas (17,00-40,000 words)
novels (60,000 -100,000 words)
short story anthologies (multiple authors) or collections (one author)
(40,000 - 60,000 words)
(Not sure what lunarpunk is? See below)
We accept both unsolicited, public submissions as well as submissions from literary agents.
Please only submit a query if you also have a full manuscript drafted and ready to submit upon request.
Multiple submissions are not accepted. Please only send one query at a time unless we ask you for more. If we decline your query, then you are welcome to submit another at that time.
Translation proposals for books originally published in other languages are accepted and encouraged.
If you don't get a response to your query within 45 days, or if you have questions about the query guidelines, then please feel free to inquire by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If we like your query pitch, then we'll ask you to send us a more in depth proposal that will include the first few chapters of your manuscript as well as other information. If we request a full proposal from you, please use this Sample Proposal Template as your content and formatting guideline.
We strongly encourage BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, women and femmes, people living with disabilities, and authors from other marginalized groups to submit queries.
Submissions are only taken via our google form submission portal. Any submissions received via email will be deleted without review. If for some reason you are unable to submit via the google form, please email us at the address listed above and we'll make alternative arrangements for your submission.
What is Lunarpunk?
Lunarpunk is a relatively new subgenre born, or rather in the process of being born, out of solarpunk as well as science fiction and fantasy more broadly. A good way to start conceptualizing lunarpunk at a basic level is to consider it in terms of an analogous relationship to solarpunk, particularly when it comes to the aesthetic aspects of the two subgenres. So for example:
Solarpunk is to Lunarpunk as sun is to moon.
Solarpunk is Lunarpunk as day is to night.
Solarpunk is to Lunarpunk as science and technology are to occult and spirituality.
Solarpunk is to Lunarpunk as solar panels are to bioluminescence.
Solarpunk is to Lunarpunk as community is to the individual.
Solarpunk is to Lunarpunk as flowers are to fungi.
Solarpunk is to Lunarpunk as orange, red, and yellow are to black, silver, and blue.
Of course, it's not a perfect 1-to-1 relationship. For the sake of not trying to be prescriptive in defining such a new subgenre, it might even be better to say "Solarpunk might be to Lunarpunk as X is to Y." And those analogies probably aren't perfect either. But this isn't a college entrance exam, so who cares, right? The point is working together as a community to figure out what lunarpunk is, and we usually figure out what things are by looking at them in relationship to other things.
There is still science in lunarpunk. It's still science fiction. But it also can lean more towards fantasy and and there is, generally... probably, usually a spiritual aspect that is important to the story. Climate change solutions are still central to lunarpunk as they are to solarpunk, as are optimism and hope. At the same time, lunarpunk often has a more dark and gothic feel, flavor, and tone. Just because lunarpunk might focus more on individual perspective doesn't mean community and community solutions aren't still important to lunarpunk just as they are to solarpunk.
It sounds like a potential exercise in contradictions. Maybe it is. Perhaps that is what will be so fascinating and compelling about it. Who knows. We're all finding out and figuring out together!
There are a few spots on the internet where ideas of about lunarpunk are starting to be explored in more depth and with more concerted purpose. These pages are worth exploring, and offer a good starting reference point for authors (and artists) interested in lunarpunk worldbuilding and storytelling.
Solarpunk Vegan is a pinterest page that includes a section with hundreds of reference images useful to the development of lunarpunk as subgenre and an aesthetic. The page briefly describe lunarpunk as "...a part of Solarpunk" and says that "Several different subcultures exist that would be in this category. The most general use for the term is the nightlife of a Solarpunk city. This includes what the city looks like at night & the past times Solarpunk citizens enjoy at night. Other subsets of Lunarpunk are as follows: The religious side are citizens who worship a moon goddess(es). The fashion subset of goths are typically referred to as lunarpunks."
Solarpunk Druid talks more in depth about their perspective on the spiritual aspect of lunarpunk. They call lunarpunk's "...occult and ecological spirituality...both a reflection of, and companion to, Solarpunk’s focus on ecological technology."
And Lunarpunk Anarchist has started a lunarpunk tumbler page that will be interesting to watch develop as a resource. Similarly to Solarpunk Vegan, Lunarpunk Anarchist looks at lunarpunk, at least in part, as the solarpunk at night. They ask, "What happens in the ecocommunity when the sun goes down?" They then go on to talk about lunarpunk as a "A gothic take on solarpunk. An artistic, aesthetic, literature, and political movement founded on ecology, decentralization, non-hierarchy, mutual aid, individual liberty, liberatory technology, diversity, feminism, and the merging of art, science, and politics." I would add that, in my opinion at least, indivdual liberty shouldn't not come at the expense of the importance of community. Rather, perhaps lunarpunk might have more of a focus on exploring the balance between strong communities and individual liberty rather than simply thinking about individual liberty as some kind of opposite to community values.