If This Goes On – Parvus Press

If This Goes On

A visionary look at the future of our politics

Two dozen of today’s most visionary writers project us forward to the world of the future; a world shaped by nationalism, isolationism, and a growing divide between the haves and have nots. This anthology sits at the intersection of politics, speculative fiction, and American identity.

A Letter From the Editor

This project is born of rage and sorrow and hope. Rage at the way America has been stolen and how those thieves have been eating away at its infrastructure. Sorrow at the lives being destroyed in the sorrow as well as for the earth as its protections are stripped away by a kleptocratic and corrupt regime. Sorrow for the way words themselves have been distorted and twisted away from truth.

And hope. Because humans continue to progress and evolve, even though that climb is a rocky one and we slide back sometimes. We seem to have done so recently. And so this anthology, an attempt to rally, to inspire, and to awaken. Some stories will despair, but others will have the light we seek, lamps to light the path and show the pitfalls as we continue upwards.

This anthology is part of my resistance. I hope it will be part of yours as well.

– Cat Rambo

20 September 2017

A Letter From the Publisher

The idea for IF THIS GOES ON came as a reaction to the isolationism, divisiveness, anti-science rhetoric, and fear-mongering that we saw all-too-frequently from our national leaders after the 2016 election. I was finally called to action by the hateful rally in Charlottesville, VA this summer.

This project is very personal to me. A mezuzah is nailed to the doorframe of my house, here in Virginia, and I proudly top my Christmas tree with a Star of David every year. When I watched Vice’s powerful documentary on the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, and as I watched a mob in broad daylight chanting anti-Semitic messages in my relative back yard, I could no longer ignore the fear I felt for the future of my country and the safety of my family.

IF THIS GOES ON is my contribution to the effort to preserve the America I know, love, and believe in. An America where all children can grow up without fear and where love is more powerful than hate. To paraphrase (poorly) President Obama, I believe in an America where we all recognize that there is more that binds us together than sets us apart. I know this America doesn’t exist beyond an ideal, but I see this anthology as one small brick in the long road to that ideal.

– Colin Coyle

October 27, 2017

Cat Rambo

Cat is the author of more than 200 works of original fiction, an ardent feminist, and a certified master gardener. She has been nominated for the Nebula, Endeavour, and World Fantasy Awards for her work as both an author and an editor. Her latest novel, BEASTS OF TABAT, is published by WordFire Press, with sequel HEARTS OF TABAT appearing in early 2018 Learn more about Cat at www.kittywumpus.net. Or follow her on Social Media:


Submission Guidelines

Who Should Submit
  • Genre writers
  • Literary writers
  • Writers from under-represented communities and groups
  • Established writers, new writers, pro and amateur.

All are welcome to contribute to If This Goes On. We are dedicated to inclusiveness and open to all writers. If you have a story that needs to be told, we want to read it. Please do not self-reject.

We are looking for unique stories that offer insights into the shared future of our planet. Tell us how our climate will change if we don’t better protect our planet. Show us how the racial divide in this country is only growing wider. Warn us of a coming era of neo-colonialism if we don’t develop conscientious trade practices. Scare us into taking digital security more seriously as we hand over the keys to our digital lives to governments and non-state powers.

Open our eyes to our future.

Theme and Composition
  • Stories must be 5,000 words or less (Flash fiction is accepted)
  • Must be set at least one generation in the future (You are welcome to write an epic fantasy in the Friedman tradition, so long as it is in the far future!)
  • Must include the impact of current political policy (social, scientific, legal, criminal, etc.) as a meaningful aspect of the story.
  • Stories are strongly encouraged to avoid focusing on current political personalities and, instead, to focus on the policy impacts and long-term changes to our world.
  • Stories must be original (Sorry, we are not buying reprints)
  • Stories need not focus on America or the American worldview, especially as our world grows more interconnected every day. We are very interested in seeing the visions of writers from (and of) the entire world.
  • Stories need not be limited solely to Earth. If your vision carries the impact of current-day decisions and attitudes into a far-flung feature, send it our way!
  • Publisher requires worldwide first electronic and first print English-language rights
  • Pay is $0.08 per word (half on delivery, half on publication) and a royalty share for contributors

Submissions will close on March 1, 2018.

Blind Submissions

Parvus Press is committed to giving all submissions a fair read and eliminating unconscious bias from our submission evaluation process. Accordingly, we are testing a blind submission process with this anthology.

Our submission readers do not have access to the name of an author when they read a work. You must enter your full name to register for the submission management system, but that information is not accessible until the last stage of manuscript evaluation.

Authors, you may feel free not to include your name in your manuscript. If you choose not to, please be sure that the title in your document matches the title you enter in the submission manager exactly. Also, please be sure that your manuscript includes your phone number so that we can track you down if we need to.


We are open for submissions through 1 March 2018. No new submissions will be accepted after this date.

Submissions may be managed via our online submission manager (registration required). Upload your manuscript as Word (.doc or .docx), PDF, or RTF files only. Your submission should include contact information in the attached file. You will be able to enter a cover letter into our submission manager or to attach one as a separate document.

In your cover letter, we ask that you identify the particular policy, trend, or shift which your story involves. You are encouraged, but not required, to tell us if there is any personal connection between yourself and the anthology topic.

Our intent is to begin responding to submissions on March 1, 2018 and finish all responses by April 1, 2018. If it is past April 1 and you’ve not heard from us, please feel free to email for an update.

The submission manager is located at: http://www.parvuspress.com/itgo-submissions

E. Lily Yu

E. Lily Yu is a writer and narrative designer whose fiction has appeared in places such as McSweeney’s, Boston Review, Clarkesworld, F&SF, and The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year.

Steven Barnes

Steven Barnes
Steven Barnes is a writer, life coach, martial artist, and yogi. He lives with his family in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Barnes has won the Endeavor Award and been nominated for the Hugo, Locus, Nebula, and John W. Campbell Awards.

Chris Kluwe

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Chris Kluwe is a writer, musician, game designer, and retired American football player. His latest game, Twilight of the Gods: Age of Revelation is available from Victory Point Games.

Andy Duncan

Andy Duncan, Writer, standing in the woods looking writerly.
Andy Duncan is a fiction writer, teacher and journalist, mostly in that order. He lives in Appalachian Maryland. Andy has won the Theodore Sturgeon and World Fantasy Awards and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and Shirley Jackson Awards.

Alexandra Renwick

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Alexandra Camille Renwick is a dual US & Canadian short story writer, poet, editor, and house culture enthusiast. Her genre-elastic fiction has appeared under various iterations of her name in Asimov’s, Fantasy Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s and Ellery Queen’s, The Baltimore Review, Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, and The Year’s Best Hardcore Horror.

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