Jack Dann and Harry Turtledove among contributors, and submissions are now open!

ChiZine Publications (CZP) is proud to announce a groundbreaking new book: Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People, the first-ever anthology of Jewish alternate history stories, to be edited by Mark Shainblum and Andrea D. Lobel. Contributors already confirmed include science fiction grand masters Harry Turtledove and Jack Dann.

Other Covenants is now open to submissions of short fiction, through Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Submissions must be between 1,000 and 10,000 words in length, and may be in English or French (the book will be published in English and authors will be responsible for translations). Original stories are preferred, but the editors will consider reprints of significant works on a case-by-case basis. Payment will be 8 cents (Canadian funds) per word. Authors may be from anywhere in the world and do not need to be Jewish.

Full submission guidelines and the online submission system are at http://chizinepub.com/other-covenants-alternate-histories-of-the-jewish-people/

Please do not submit stories by email; they must go through the submission system.

Historian Thomas Cahill, author of The Gifts of the Jews (Knopf, 1999) suggested that it was the Jewish people who invented the very concept of history as we know it. They were the first to perceive time not as an endless circle of life, death and rebirth, but as the flight of an arrow, on a linear path to somewhere from somewhere.

However, what if time were not one arrow, but a volley of arrows? What if there were other timelines, other histories, other Jews? Would they still have a covenant with the one God? What would have become of their triumphs? Their defeats? Their suffering and their successes?

Award-winning writers and editors Andrea D. Lobel and Mark Shainblum propose to answer some of these questions in Other Covenants: Alternate Histories of the Jewish People, an ambitious anthology project following in the footsteps of Shainblum’s award-winning Arrowdreams: An Anthology of Alternate Canadas (Nuage Editions, 1998) co-edited with John Dupuis.

Famed science fiction grand masters Jack Dann (editor of the Wandering Stars anthologies of Jewish science fiction) and Harry Turtledove (renowned as the “master of alternate history”) will both be contributing to Other Covenants, with additional contributors to be announced shortly!

Many individual stories of Jewish alternate history have been published over the years, but Other Covenants will be the first ever themed anthology collecting such stories under one cover.

Mark Shainblum and John Dupuis blazed a new trail in Canadian literature with Arrowdreams, Canada’s first alternate history anthology. Now Mark and religion scholar Andrea D. Lobel propose to do the same for Jewish literature, and explore the rich possibilities of Jewish roads not taken.

These are some possible themes to explore:

What if • The Holocaust had never happened?

What if • Joseph’s brothers had not sold him into slavery in Egypt?

What if • The State of Israel had been established in Uganda?

What if • Jesus’ followers had not broken with Judaism?

What if • The Jews had proselytized their faith door-to-door for a thousand years?

What if • The Romans had not destroyed Jerusalem and the Second Temple?

What if • Judaism became the dominant Western religion, but was riven by conflicts between the Temple priesthood and reformist rabbis?

What if • The Spanish Inquisition had never occurred?

What if • Napoleon had not smashed down Europe’s ghetto walls?

What if • The Protocols of the Elders of Zion were reality . . . in some other universe?


ABOUT the Editors

Mark Shainblum was born and raised in Montreal, where he and illustrator Gabriel Morrissette co-created the acclaimed comics series Northguard and Angloman. Mark has published science fiction in various magazine and anthology markets including On Spec and Island Dreams: Montreal Writers of the Fantastic. As an editor, he co-edited Arrowdreams: An Anthology of Alternate Canadas with John Dupuis in 1998 and Superhero Universe: Tesseracts Nineteen in 2016 with Claude Lalumière.

Andrea D. Lobel has worked as a writer and editor for over a decade, winning two industry awards. An ordained rabbi, she also holds an M.A. in Religious Studies (McGill University), and a Ph.D. in Religion (Concordia University), specializing in the history of religion and science, astronomy and religion, celestial mythologies, calendars, magic, and religious authority in the Hebrew Bible and its ancient Near Eastern context, as well as early and rabbinic Judaism.  Andrea has taught at both McGill and Concordia Universities. Her book, Under a Censored Sky: Astronomy and Rabbinic Authority in the Talmud Bavli and Related Literature, is forthcoming from Brill Publishers in 2018.

ABOUT ChiZine Publications

ChiZine Publications (CZP) is a British Fantasy, World Fantasy, and HWA Specialty Press Award-winning independent publisher of surreal, subtle, and disturbing dark literary fiction. ChiZine Publications also includes young adult imprint ChiTeen, mystery imprint ChiDunnit, electronic-only releases under CZP eBook, graphic novel imprint ChiGraphic, and poetry imprint KQP.