For Books’ Sake and London Rollergirls Want You!

10th Aug 2012

London Rollergirls by Steve Newton

Here at For Books’ Sake, we love roller derby. Love it. Amazing, athletic women getting aggressive while wearing rollerskates. What’s not to love about that?

And the London Rollergirls (last seen on For Books’ Sake when we took Channel 4’s The TV Book Club to the bout held on World Book Night) are our first and foremost derby loves.

The first, largest and longest-running roller derby league in the UK, the London Rollergirls came hot on the wheels of the sport’s American resurgence, and have since become the only European member of the WFTDA (Women’s Flat-Track Derby Association).

Elsewhere around the UK and beyond, roller derby as a sport is exploding. Whip It! saw cinema audiences worldwide swooning over Juliette Lewis, Ellen Page and Drew Barrymore on rollerskates.

The first ever Roller Derby World Cup took place last year and in 2012 the National Museum of Roller Derby was established. There’s even been talk of it being included in the 2020 Olympics.

We love roller derby, and with so many incredible women involved, it’s the ideal subject for our next anthology. So drum roll please: we’re collaborating with the London Rollergirls on a brand new collection of derby-themed fiction, and we want you to get involved.

Write us a story about roller derby – all styles and genres are welcome – and email it to us by Sunday 28th October 2012. With the London Rollergirls, we’ll compile our favourites into an anthology, to be published early 2013.

Want in? For full submission details, head here.

(Image by Steve Newton, courtesy of the London Rollergirls)


  • Rae-Zor Lite says:

    So… guessing that since “early November” seems to have passed by, my submission didn’t make the cut. Thanks for letting us down gently you guys 🙁
    Still love you though,
    Still reading and writing x x

    • Jane Bradley says:

      Thanks for the comment, Rae-Zor! We’re actually still going through the submissions and will be getting in touch with everyone either way as soon as we can. We’re sorry ‘early’ November passed without any word from us (and you’re totally right to call us out on it), but we will be letting everyone know what’s what by the end of the month, and we’ll do an email to everyone now to tell them so. Thanks for the reminder, and we’re sorry you’ve been waiting until now.