Not convinced? Fine. If for some strange reason the combination of Ellen Page, Drew Barrymore and Juliette Lewis hasn’t already induced the inevitable girl-crush geekgasm, then let me just say this: they spend most of the film getting athletic and aggressive with each other. While wearing rollerskates. Oh, and Har Mar Superstar is in it too. But that’s beside the point.
The point being that roller derby, and the women who play it, are freakin’ incredible. So the excitement was well justified when Drew Barrymore adapted Shauna Cross’ novel Derby Girl for her directorial debut. And her timing was perfect too. Because all over the world, the sport of roller derby is exploding.
Hot on the wheels of the sport’s American resurgence came the London Rollergirls, the first, largest and longest-running UK roller derby league. Today, there are hundreds of teams across the UK, Europe, America and beyond. The first ever Roller Derby World Cup took place last year, and there’s even talk of it being included in the 2020 Olympics.
And as a sport that has at its heart strong, powerful and multi-talented women (with leagues independently owned and run by the members themselves), it seemed the perfect subject for the next For Books’ Sake anthology.
Putting out Short Stack, a collection of the best new pulp fiction written by women, earlier this year was so much fun that I want to do it all over again (you can remind me of that statement next time I’m sobbing over my laptop at 3am).
But this time, my roller derby obsession has taken over. So for our next publishing project, we’re joining forces with none other than the London Rollergirls.
And we want you to get involved. Send us your roller derby themed short stories of up to 5,000 words by Sunday 28 October 2012. Together with the London Rollergirls, we’ll compile our favourites into an anthology, which we’ll be publishing early next year.
Still not sure what I’m on about? Have a look at LRG’s lowdown on what’s involved, or investigate this list to find a team near you. Then get scribbling. Because I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
For more details about For Books’ Sake and submitting to the anthology, head here.
Picture Credits: Steve Newton & Craig Richmond, via the London Rollergirls