Shades Within Us: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders

Shades Within Us: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders

(By Invitation Only)

Proposed Anthology Title: Shades Within Us (working title)

Sub-Title: Tales of Migrations and Fractured Borders

Proposed Series Title: Laksa Anthology Series: Speculative Fiction

Genre: All original short speculative fiction

Anthology Editors:  Susan Forest and Lucas K. Law

Enter the complex world of migrations, where migrants and locals confront unyielding or fractured borders, both physical and psychological, seeking adventure, triumph, a new life—or fleeing a tainted past, or retaining status quo.

Proposed Anthology:

Migration. Local, regional, global or interstellar; physical, psychological, spiritual or magical; it comes in many forms. Displacement—individual or societal—affects both migrants and natives.

What are the forces that cause individuals or groups to uproot themselves—their families—voluntarily or not, and for good or ill, to leave behind all that is familiar, to face the unknown, perhaps with no possibility of return? And, arriving in a foreign land, literally or metaphorically, what influences and barriers affect their efforts to re-make a life, sometimes with only the most uncertain promise of happiness? Environment, natural and social sciences, civil integration, urbanization, economics, technology, and innovations may contribute to the fine balance between joy and despair, understanding and misconception. How does one face, and cross borders in an internal journey? Go deeper.

Don’t forget the speculative elements. Past, present or future—or somewhere beyond the reach of time—Shades Within Us will examine the power of exploration, politics, religion, health, economics, magic, war, or death to drive individuals to cope with displacement and change. What does the relationship between independence and inter-dependence look like? The courage to cross borders can bind both blood and belonging in unexpected ways, sometimes shining a positive light and giving hope to those who have been displaced, or bringing understanding and empathy for the dispossessed.

This anthology is neither for nor against migration; we do not want to politicize the situation. We are looking for human stories (newcomers and locals)—the individual “push” and “pull” factors within the context of global migration and fractured borders. These are hopeful stories, no matter how difficult or challenging lives can be. The human spirit will triumph in the end.

We are looking for stories that celebrate character diversity (ethnic, age, walks of life, sexuality). No erotica. Cross-genre is encouraged. This anthology is geared towards Young Adult and Adult. Be realistic within the bounds of speculative fiction.

[Optional for stories involving historical events or current affairs: consider keeping your research notes for the creation of short side texts for the readers to explore further.]

Project Objectives:

  • A portion of Laksa Media’s net revenue from this anthology will go directly to support the programs provided by Alex Community Food Centre ( and Mood Disorders Association or Canadian Mental Health Association respectively.
  • Laksa Media will donate CAN$1,000 upon the publication of this anthology.

Tentative Release Date:  Summer 2018