For our next issue we are seeking examples, definitions, and archives of the queer sacred.
Give us that which is precious, malleable, spiritual, and ritual. Mundane and extraordinary: beds, bars, flags, songs. Button-up shirts, trimmed nails, short hair. Bound chests, bare chests. Tenuous codes exchanged by strangers which translate as: I am. Are you? It’s the nod received from a butch in the snowy park and the secret smile of recognition you just know is blooming behind a carefully masked mouth. It’s a ripe mango cut open and gently hand-fed. It’s how they slink up in the kitchen and tug you closer from behind. It’s the push-and-pull of too little/too much visibility; too much or too little space. It’s ever-evolving. It’s all over LEX, jumps between us when we gather over zoom, and shines when we look in the mirror feeling gender-euphoric. The queer sacred is inter-personal, intimate, public, and very, very proud. Send us your photographs, poetry, creative nonfiction, mixed-media, animation, and short fiction that documents the gorgeous mundane, the quiet revelation, the captured mood. We want a catalogue of queer life--the painful, the potent, and the promiscuous--that, together, blazes off the page.
Submit at the link below by May 1st. We so look forward to hearing from you. Please read our FAQ (below) carefully before submitting.
WHAT ARE YOUR GENERAL GUIDELINES?
In general we accept the following:
Flash Fiction: 1,500 words or fewer
Fiction & Creative Non-Fiction: 10 Pages or fewer (no novels, or novellas, please)
Poetry: five poems or fewer
Graphic Literature: 10 Pages or fewer
Art: no more than 3 images per submission, in universally accessible files only (JPG, TIF, PNG, and GIF)
Lit: we accept .doc/.docx/google docs
HOW MANY GENRES CAN I SUBMIT?
We will only accept one genre per submission and one submission per issue.
HOW LONG SHOULD MY BIO BE?
Your bio should be no more than 150 words and include specifics about your and your writing process/career.
HOW OFTEN DO YOUR ISSUES COME OUT?
We try to publish 3x per year!
IS THERE ANYTHING I SHOULDN'T SUBMIT?
While we welcome your most authentic voice and your truest expression, especially when dealing with trauma, violence, and uncomfortable topics, we will not publish works that are exploitative in any way and that we feel will create a harmful experience for our readers.