Strongly Worded Women: The Best of the Year of Publishing Women: An Anthology

Strongly Worded Women: The Best of the Year of Publishing Women: An Anthology

by Sydney Culpepper (Editor)


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One question that Not a Pipe Publishing has received many times since taking on Kamila Shamsie’s challenge to make 2018 the Year of Publishing Women is “Why?” My response is, “Why not?” Why are some people so afraid of a Year of Publishing Women when we’ve already had Centuries of Publishing Men?

When one looks at the ‘classics’ of literature that are taught in school, who do we see? We see William Shakespeare and George Orwell; Edgar Allen Poe and Leo Tolstoy; and the list of white men continues. In contrast, how many classic women authors are there? Only Jane Austen and the Brontë sisters come to the forefront of most minds, with the occasional Mary Shelley or Virginia Woolf.

It is an undeniable fact that the publishing industry had favored works by white men for centuries. This a result of the patriarchal, white-centric society that has thrived in most parts of the world. It is the result of a lack of equal rights and education, not a result of inherent talent.

Yes, these male authors and books shaped the world; I don’t disagree. However, I invite you to think about how many books by women and people of color could have also shaped the world if only they’d been given the tools, education, and time.

I will step off my soap box now to say this: I am deeply grateful to Not a Pipe Publishing for taking on the Year of Publishing Women, and for giving me this project to lead. Companies like Not a Pipe and people like the Gormans give me hope for our world, because a diverse world that celebrates all of its voices is a better world.

I have been so humbled by the many story submissions we received throughout the year, and I’m so grateful this short story project was a success. When I was selecting which stories to include in the anthology—not an easy series of decisions in the slightest—I kept thinking about a theme to center the anthology around, but I kept hitting a wall.

All of these stories are as unique and individual as the authors who wrote them, and I struggled to come up with a unifying theme until I realized the strength behind each piece. You will notice that each one of them has a message or element of strength behind it that will blow you away and destroy any doubts you have about the power of women.

No longer will women and people of color and members of other marginalized communities be kept silent. We will fight for our words and our stories because we can change the world, too.

—Sydney Culpepper, Editor

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ISBN-13: 9781948120241
Publisher: Not a Pipe Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Pages: 310
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Sydney Culpepper self-published her first novel, Pagetown, as part of her high school senior project. She graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in linguistics and an honors thesis titled Young People Are Always On Their Phones: A Sociolinguistic Analysis of Text Messaging. She spends her days trying to balance her many passions and hobbies, including working on her next book. Sydney has also worked as an editor for Not a Pipe Publishing since 2017.

Claudine Griggs is the Writing Center Director at Rhode Island College, and her publications include three nonfiction books about transsexuals along with a couple dozen articles on writing, teaching, and other topics. She also writes fiction and science fiction, her first-love genre as a teenager. Griggs earned her BA and MA in English at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Debby Dodds is the author of the novel Amish Guys Don't Call (Blue Moon, June 2017) which was awarded "One of the Best YA of 2017" by Powell's Books. She has stories in ten anthologies, including the NY Times best-selling My Little Red Book (Hachette) and The Things That You Would Have Said (Penguin) as well as: The Sun,, xoJane, The Living Dead Magazine, and Hip Mama, and she won Portland's Wizard World 2017 Fiction Contest. She used to be known for her screams in horror movies and her "melting routine" onstage at Disney World.

Table of Contents

Getting Pregnant on the Back of a Motorcycle by Maren Bradley Anderson

Beast by Debby Dodds

Faces of Change by Jean Harkin

The Breakout by Laura Hazan

Blaise by Lori Ubell

All Is Revealed by Chloe Hagerman

Pack Mentality by Sydney Culpepper

Mother Nature…Mother Nurture by Lizzy Carney

Zombie Apocalypse Rescue Agency by LeeAnn McLennan

Misreadings by Tonya Lippert

Eyes by Heather S. Ransom

The Old Ways by M.K. Martin

Maiden Voyage of the Fearless by Claudine Griggs

The Becoming by Taylor Buccello

Skin-Deep by Julia Figliotti

Crane’s Fire by Karen Eisenbrey

The Woman Against the Window by Rosie Bueford

The Painted Ponies of Wiley Creek by Elizabeth Beechwood

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