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Bike-Sexuality — a call for submissions

5 Feb

Post from Taking the Lane:

The seed of this idea started while the submissions for Our Bodies, Our Bikes were rolling in. The first several entries were also the most frankly sexual, and their writers, even the ones who chose to remain anonymous, ended up being some of the most enthusiastic disseminators of the final product.


When an image of the entire design popped into my head, I knew it had to happen.

So: please consider this an open call for submissions for the zine Bike-sexuality: True tales of bicycling and desire.

Please send short, true tales involving bicycling and sex, sexuality, love, lust, gender, etc — whatever inspires you — to elly[at]takingthelane[dawt]com. Word count: anything from 200 word anecdotes to 1,000 word sagas. Along with your submission, please also include your preferences as to your byline (anonymity and pseudonyms are fine, just let me know). I will assume that names have been changed. Deadline: March 1, 2012. The goal is to publish it by summer.

Submissions may be as graphic or demure as they need to be. I’m most likely to publish stories that ring true, are extremely candid and/or honest, and have an empowering slant. This is a queer-positive publication.

Illustrations also sought!

Feel free to contact me with questions, ideas, or to talk over what you’d like to write in advance.


W O M A N H O U S E Zine Call for Submissions

5 Jan


▲▼▲▼ W O M A N H O U S E zine wants your submissions for #5! feminist critiques of pop culture and creative writing and visual art relating to experiencing gender, class, or race are examples of past submissions, but are not limited to that criteria. if you are unsure of whether or not we would be interested in your work…just ask!
email questions and submissions to womanhouse.zine@gmail.com ▲▼▲▼
SUBMISSIONS DUE: January 19th!

Queer Under All Conditions call for submissions

2 Sep

From Queer Under All Conditions’ website:

QUAC is an Orange County (UCI)-based zine project dedicated to archiving and distributing queer/trans voices, histories, experiences, knowledge(s), and survival tactics in the face of violent silencing within public space and dominant culture.  In keeping with this commitment to the queer/trans body as it navigates spaces (the university system, Orange County as a conservative / white hegemonic public, family spaces, sexuality, gender, etc.), the third issue of QUAC will be centered around queer / trans violence

potential ideas for material include, but are not limited to:

  • Definitions of queer / trans violence:  Is violence always physical?  How does violence operate within the queer / trans identity itself?  What is at stake in defining queer / trans violence?  What is at stake in ignoring violence?
  • Survival tactics and strategies:  What are some means of overcoming violence(s), both within and outside of our community(s)?  Particular examples or moments of perseverance, activism, pro-active resistance would be useful in creating a communal pool of knowledge.
  • Intersectionality:  How do our multiple identities create different experiences with violence?  Is inter-communal and/or intra-communal violence an issue at UCI and in Orange County?
  • Policing:  Many queer / trans people have had violent experiences with a policing of their bodies, whether it be in homosocial spaces (locker rooms, greek life, sports teams, bathrooms) or public space in general (glares on ring road for holding a partner’s hand, drinks at the pub, the police, etc.).  In what ways have we been pushing back against these types of violences?  Or is it possible to escape / resist this policing of heteronormativity / cis-normativity?  How do we reproduce these policing mechanisms with our bodies and language as well?
  • Bullying:  In light of intense public scrutiny of queer / trans bodies due to massive amounts of media attention on the bullied queer / trans (?) youth, what are the possibilities of change?  How can this momentum be utilized?  Are there problems with the way in which the queer / trans body is represented?  Is this a type of violence?
  • Silence:  What types of violences are we currently silent on?  Is silence / inaction a type of violence as well?
  • Gender:  In what ways is the gender binary violent (upon all bodies?)?  How do we define our gender in (potentially) violent spaces? 
  • Hetero/homonormativity:  How does a constant blasting of normative images violently erase / elide other ways of loving, being, and existing?  What tactics can overcome / liberate our bodies?
  • Family: Many queer/trans people experience violence not only in public spaces but also in the private space of the home. How can we develop healthy relationships with family members who try to silence our ways of self expression?  What strategies and tactics have been useful in surviving these types of violences?

As mentioned above, please do not feel that submissions need to be restricted to or specifically answer these questions. QUAC is interested in hearing as many different voices as possible, in whatever form or on whatever topic they choose to speak. If in the process of writing your piece unfolds into something else and deviates from the questions above, we’d still love to take a look. If you have an older piece which you think might be relevant to this issue (or not, hey, we’ll read it anyway) please feel free to submit it, too.

QUAC has always had a commitment to local artists, poets, and musicians—we would love to have your work in the next issue.  Please aim to have finalized submissions emailed to us by September 30th, 2011 at QueerZineUCI@gmail.com

Included in your submission, please include the name that you would like to be printed under, contact information (email, blog, website, etc.)  for our readers, and any other information that you would like to be printed alongside your submission.  Also, please include a current mailing address so that the editors can send you a complimentary copy of the third issue as a thanks for helping out with the project :]!

Also, the QUAC editors always need help with layouts and collages, if you would like to participate in a zine-making / background-making session, please email or message the editors.

The best way to stay up to date with the project is to (continue to) follow us on tumblr and “like” the facebook page.

It’s been exactly a year since QUAC was first started, and it has been an amazing ride thus far.  We greatly appreciate all of the time and effort of the contributors, fellow zinesters, friends, and supporters of the project.

We greatly anticipate your work, comments, suggestions, and love.

In solidarity:
QUAC Editors

Call for Submissions: Queer Enough, Issue #2

31 Aug

“Queer Enough” seeks illustrations and non-fiction stories or essays that reflect on experiences in different-gender relationships while being out as queer, for issue #2! Different-gender partners of queers who may not necessarily identify as queer are also welcome to share their thoughts and perspectives. Submissions can address any of these points or propose another topic that relates to queer different-gender partnerships:

– challenges specific to queer different-gender relationships
– feeling queer enough in a different-gender relationship
– queerness as encompassing more than sex or gender identity
– maintaining outness in a different-gender relationship
– defining your own queerness
– trans experience with changing gender dynamics in a relationship as one’s own gender identity changes
– relationships where one person is queer-identified and the other isn’t
– monogamy/non-monogamy in queer different-gender relationships
– being accountable for the straight privilege you might benefit from
– Is one partner’s identity affected by the other’s identity?
– queer visibility/invisibility in a different-gender relationship
– Does your behavior in public differ in a different-gender relationship (for example, hand-holding and other displays of affection)?
– how your private sexual practice is actually queer as can be
– how “opposite-sex” fails to describe your relationship, as if there was an opposite to your identity anyway! But to most of the world you probably look like a boy and a girl.

Submissions of any length will be considered, but the length of the submissions included in the first issue (approx. 300 to 1750 words) is a good guideline to follow.

Please include a unique title, a 1-2 sentence bio, and any contact info such as a website or email address that you would like published in the zine. Anonymous submissions will be accepted also. If there is any information included along with your submission, such as your name, that you do not want published please make this very clear.

Deadline is ongoing. Issue #2 is tentatively imagined for October 2011, but is entirely dependent upon your submissions to exist. If enough submissions come in by October 1st, this can be ready for Toronto’s Canzine. Send them in, the sooner the better!

Send writing as .doc or .rtf files (NO .docx files!!) and illustrations as high-res .jpg or .tiff files (minimum resolution 300dpi). If you would like to submit both artwork and writing, please send these as separate submissions. There is no guarantee that your art will be included with your writing and vice versa. Submission does not guarantee inclusion in the zine, but do not let this deter you from sending something in!

Submissions and questions should be directed to callforzines@gmail.com.

Issue #1 is available online at http://jamieq.net/details/zines/queer_enough.html