As part of a project funded by the National Science Foundation, the Feminist Press is looking for "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." The Press wants books about science "that girls really want to read."
For starters, the Press is requesting proposals on specific topics, including "scientific detective stories based on the life, research, and discoveries of real women scientists"; "stories featuring real young women--aspiring gymnasts, ice skaters, actors, dancers--using a knowledge of science to help them become reall good at what they do"; "imaginative new collaborations between Manga writers and artists to create adventures about girls who use real science to accomplish their goals."
But they're open to other ideas. "If you are a writer and have an idea afor a book or series of books that is guaranteed to get girls excited about science, we want to hear from you."
Check the announcement for more information and formatting/submission instructions.
Deadline: October 31, 2006.
Chosen proposals will receive standard contracts.
(via Rebecca Skloot at Critical Mass)