a Queer Ink Publishing project
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
THE QUEER FEMININITY PROJECT
Calling all femmes with pens!
Maybe you grew up being teased by the other kids for being a boring old girly-girl. Maybe you’re tired of “brainless bimbo” and “pretty princess” stereotypes. Maybe you tried being more like the boys, and just didn’t get what’s so great about it. Maybe you don’t understand why people dressed in skirts and flowery dresses are not supposed to be loud and proud—you kick butt, whether you wear boots or stilettoes. Maybe you’re sick of the assumption that “feminine” equals “addicted to fashion and beauty treatments”. Maybe you’re a feminist wondering what your femininity means to you—because you sure don’t agree with the way society defines it. Or maybe you’re that guy, the one who’s been mocked for being feminine his whole life and doesn’t see why “You’re such a girl!” is a bad thing. Maybe you thought you had transcended mainstream society’s unwritten laws of gender and restrictive definitions of femininity when you embraced your queerness—and suddenly you found yourself in a parallel framework, dealing with the same old ideas painted in new words.
Maybe you thought: Oh hells no. This ends here.
Accounts from all over the world are beginning to trickle in about sexism present in queer communities; preliminary research suggests as many as 60% of feminine-presenting female individuals of any sexual orientation experience femmephobia. The world seems to have let out a collective sigh: it’s time to talk about how we relate to one another within our communities as well as without.
But that’s the world. We’re interested in you.
We’re charting this conversation as it applies to South Asia—our stories, our lives, our problems, and our triumphs. Can we critique communities that are already under threat without being declared traitors? How do we forge an authentic identity when so many of us are rendered invisible by both society and our communities? How do we define ourselves in the face of such great pressure to conform to someone or the other’s idea of acceptably traditional or acceptably radical? Can a borrowed vocabulary communicate our most intimate thoughts and feelings? Is it possible to live a South Asian, femme, and queer life—in our own image, on our own terms?
We live in a world of labels. Some of them are handed to us before we even know what they mean. And others we wear proudly, the hard-won battle scars of our struggle to name ourselves.
But one thing is for sure:
You’re here, you’re queer, and you’ve got a story to share. Tell it to us.
Over the past twenty years, changes in the publishing and book selling industries eroded this ecosystem of queer literary culture….
Connect with us to pitch a story, apply for a staff position, or let us know how you’d like to be involved. All positions are volunteer, you’ll receive payment in the satisfaction that you’re contributing to an organization ensuring Asian American voices are heard, perspectives are told, and faces are seen.
This call for pitches and staffers is open to anyone. LGBTQ individuals and people of color are strongly encourage to submit pitches and applications. There is a strong interest in content from the mid-west, south, and content written by/about the broad Pacific Islander and South Asian communities.
General themes to consider: Arts, Politics, Family, Gender & Sexuality, Health, Justice, and History
Please CLICK HERE for all guidelines, where + what to send
In 2002, spurred by the shuttering of a.Magazine, a small group of 20-and-30-something journalists and artists got together to fill the void by envisioning the kind of magazine we always wanted to read
We began meeting around a kitchen table in San Francisco that spring, and over snacks and beer, a vision slowly emerged. The magazine wouldn’t flinch at covering serious issues, but also wouldn’t take itself too seriously. It would cover Asian Americans in Texas, Kansas and Minnesota, not just the critical mass living in California and New York. It would feature emerging artists, thinkers and doers, not only the few established Asian Americans who’d gotten mainstream approval. It would be a magazine that looked beyond identity — we’d explore cultural issues while tackling what is Asian American by accident, by tangent or by happenstance.
Hyphen issue 1, which paid tribute to Asian American activism, was published in June 2003 … in tackling issues of culture and community with substance and sass, Hyphen has also flourished, becoming a media must for savvy Asian Americans.
Open Calls for Submission
I’m an LGBT writer in the LGBT fiction community. I know there are tons of aspiring writers out there who have LGBT characters. There are also so many LGBT people out there who want a book written with an LGBT protagonist which doesn’t revolve around the fact they’re LGBT, who are tired of all those overdone tropes about coming out and being accepted.
Here are some LGBT publishers that have open calls for submission:
New and aspiring authors, here’s a short list of LGBT publishers who are looking for stories in any genre, not just contemporary or romance.
Happy writing (and reading)
YASSSS COME JOIN US
also to add, Bold Strokes Books
Members of the Trans Poets Workshop NYC offer pieces from their diverse bodies of work.
The Rainbow Hub / The Importance of LGBTQ Literature: Cleis Press Launches the OutWriters Project - The Rainbow Hub
In celebration of Pride month, Cleis Press has launched OutWriters, a brand new project that explores the importance of LGBTQ writing. Using the hashtag #OutWriters on Twitter, over fifty authors, readers, and writers of LGBTQ literature have been sharing why queer writers are important to them, and what it means to have queer visibility in books.
Nancy Garden, a lesbian pioneer in the young adult fiction genre and author of Annie on My Mind, has died of a heart attack after a literary career spanning four decades.
Topside Press has organized a summer tour of groundbreaking transgender women writers visiting bookstores across the Northeast US.
Be sure to check out this awesome series from bisexual comic author/artist (and contributer to Anything That Loves) MariNaomi!
One of the next writing projects that I want to tackle will be about straight saviours in films.
That is, films that depict a straight character that takes it upon themselves to “save” or otherwise “help” a queer character who is going through struggles in the film - usually (if not always) to some personal benefit of their own.
Often times, these straight saviours are homophobic and/or depicted as (terrible representations of) allies to the queer community. Usually the queer character(s) are depicted (by straight actors/actresses) with stereotypical heteronormative ideas of what it means to be queer.
For example: Greg Kinnear’s depiction of his character Simon in As Good As It Gets and his relationship with Jack Nicholson’s character Melvin.
Please send me films where you have seen this sort of thing within the plot - even if the characters involved are not main characters or do not have a lot of dialogue. Thank you.
If folks are interested, I created a page on my blog for all of the posts that pertain to my personal writing. These pieces range from product reviews to articles that I have written on social issues and such.
I am also currently going through about four years worth of my posts to fix broken links, update my pronouns, and delete problematic terminology (i.e. trans with the asterisk). If you notice anything that I missed, please do not hesitate to let me know. Thank you.
For future reference: The page is entitled ‘writing’, and it is located at the top of my blog with all of my other blog pages.
Honorees included Alison Bechdel and Kate Bornstein, as well as the first ever Lammy given to an LGBT graphic novel.
The award-winning author and civil rights activist died Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C.
The conference schedule has been revealed! Here are some Topside-centric highlights (and the full schedule is here and every single thing is amazing).
p.s. It’s still not too late to buy tickets and come to this amazing conference!
THURSDAY, MAY 22
2:30pm - Plenary panel : Frames for Trans Literature
Panelists: Amir Rabiyah, Gein Wong, Joy Ladin, Tom Léger, Trace Peterson
FRIDAY, MAY 23
9am - Trans Fiction Writing Workshop
Workshop with Riley MacLeod and Tom Léger
11am Plenary panel : Story, Histories, Politics
Panelists: Casey Plett, Imogen Binnie, Mirha-Soleil Ross, Rupert Raj, Ryka Aoki
1pm Teaching Trans Writers
Cooper Lee Bombardier, Riley MacLeod, Catherine Fitzpatrick
3pm Group reading at the Millennium Library
Aiyyana Maracle, Amir Rabiyah, Casey Plett, Ching-In Chen, Imogen Binnie, Joy Ladin, Mirha-Soleil Ross, Nathanaël, Rachel Pollack, Trace Peterson
SATURDAY, MAY 24
9:30am Can’t Take a Joke: Trans People & Humor
Workshop with Red Durkin
4:45 Group reading
Free and open to the public
Cooper Lee Bombardier, Gein Wong, Rupert Raj, Ryka Aoki, Tom Léger, Trish Salah