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Queerlings Magazine submissions open

  • Open Call
  • Anywhere
  • 31/05/2022
  • Open Call
  • Anywhere
  • 31/05/2022

Website Queerlings Magazine

Queerlings Magazine is an online platform exclusively for LGBTQIA+ identifying writers who explore various themes and experiences of queerness in their work. Our editors work on an entirely voluntary basis and currently receive no funding. We are, therefore, unfortunately, unable to pay contributors at this time but do hope to in the future. Whilst we are an online quarterly magazine at present it is our hope to produce a print anthology series in the future.

Please note that submissions are currently OPEN for Issue 6 until May 31st. News and updates on future submission windows will be published here and via our social media.

General Guidelines

The following guidelines apply to all submissions.

  • To be considered for publication authors must identify as LGBTQIA+ and their work should in some way explore the general theme of ‘queerness’.

  • The title and author’s name should be clearly visible at the start of the document. Please save your work under your name and the category it applies to [i.e authors name POETRY]

  • Please submit to only one category per submission window.

  • All work should be the author’s own, original, and previously unpublished.

  • Past contributors are welcome to submit new work to us during any open call but please be aware that past publication with us does not guarantee future publication.

  • Please attach your work in .doc(x) format. For flash fiction and poetry please submit your work in a single document. If you have any accessibility issues with word documents and wish to submit in a different format please drop us an email at queerlingsmagazine@gmail and we will make alternative arrangements.

  • Please use the following format in the subject line of your email:

SUBMISSION (Category i.e Poetry), [title] by [author]

  • With all submissions please include a short third-person bio in the body of your email with your preferred pronouns and socials. Don’t worry if you don’t use social media but please note that we will use Twitter and Instagram to promote the magazine and your work.

  • Lastly please consider the following question and include a brief response in the body of your email.

Why do you feel your work is a suitable fit for Queerlings Magazine?

  • Sadly we don’t accept artwork submissions at this time as we currently produce all visual work in-house.

  • We welcome simultaneous submissions but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere via queerlingsmagazine@gmail.com

Please note that Queerlings supports LGBTQIA+ writers from all backgrounds and therefore we will reject any work which promotes racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, or any other form of prejudice. Whilst work can involve sexual elements we also don’t publish erotica or gratuitous violence.

Please see below for subject-specific submission guidance. We can not consider submissions that do not adhere to our guidelines so please read the following carefully before submitting. If you have any specific access requirements please get in touch. Thank you.

Fiction and Poetry Submissions

We’re looking for fiction and poetry that explores ‘queerness’ drawn from the writer’s own personal experience. Please have a read of our previous issues for an idea of what we publish.

Please only submit to one category at a time.

  • Short Stories in any genre of up to 2000 words and only one piece per submission.

  • Flash fiction: Up to 2 pieces per submission with a 500 word limit per piece.

  • Poetry: Up to 3 poems per submission with a 20 lines maximum per poem.

Non-Fiction Submissions

We want to publish essays and creative non-fiction that articulate the queer perspective, the experience of queerness as well work that explores how queerness is both understood and represented in different communities. Topics might include but are certainly not limited to:

  • Queer(y)ing and challenging the heteronormative histories, receptions, and representations within literature, film, and television.

  • Opinion pieces, reviews, and essays on the contemporary representation of the LGBTQIA+ community

  • First-person narratives and experiences of employment/workplace inclusion.

  • Essays on social media and queer lives.

  • The lived experiences, and the attendant representations of, intersectionality across queerness and race, gender identities, gender expressions, disability, religion, spiritual practices, veganism/vegetarianism in literature, cinema, television, and video games.

  • The value of queer studies now (we are particularly interested in pieces that examine the transferability and applicability of queer theory within working-class urbanized communities).

  • Non-binary and trans experience and/or representation in literature, cinema, video games, and other media.

All non-fiction should be to a maximum of 6,000 words, excluding references, but, as ever, we are happy to negotiate. We welcome both completed pieces and short abstracts outlining your proposed work. In the case of an abstract, our editors will be in touch to discuss this with you further. If we want to proceed with your piece we will offer constructive editorial feedback and work on revisions with you before publication.

For essays please use, as far as is reasonably possible, the Chicago style for your references. Please refer to this resource for guidance: https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide/citation-guide-2.html

As our editors work on Queerlings in their own time we kindly ask for your patience as we read through submissions. You will receive an auto-reply acknowledging receipt of your submission and we aim to respond to all submissions within one month of submissions closing. Please note that due to the sheer volume of submissions we receive this can sometimes take longer. Please be sure to follow us on Twitter for regular updates regarding the submission process and upcoming issues.

All submissions should be sent to: queerlingsmagazine@gmail.com

Thank you for your interest in Queerlings Magazine.

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