The following is a call for submissions to a well-respected literary journal that is considering creative works from folks who identify as LGBTQ. Since many of our community identify in this way, I wanted to be helpful and find an outlet for folks who I know are creative and reflect in their story or area of passion in a way that celebrates all orientations and identities.
Full disclosure: the editor-in-chief is my sister-in-law.
Call for Submissions
Mirrors and Prisms: Writers of Marginalized Orientations and Gender Identities
This year has seen a remarkable shift within the United States in relation to the gay rights movement. Nimrod International Journal has historically celebrated and championed writing by people from marginalized populations, whether those be nation, ethnicity, or age. This year, we’re thrilled to announce an issue devoted to writing from LGBTQIA community.
For our Spring/Summer 2016 issue, Mirrors and Prisms: Writers of Marginalized Orientations and Gender Identities, Nimrod International Journal is seeking poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces from writers who identify along the LGBTQIA spectrum.
What We Are Seeking:
We invite poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction pieces from writers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, or asexual, or anywhere under the umbrella term MOGAI (marginalized orientations, gender identities, and intersex). Work may be about any subject and, while we certainly welcome work about sexual identity, coming out, etc., work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects.
We hope to receive a large variety of material for this issue, including work from LGBTQIA writers of color, writers of varying socio-economic status, physically different writers, and neuroatyptical writers. Most of all, we hope to be surprised.
What We Are Not Seeking (for this issue):
We are not looking for work by straight allies of the LGBTQIA movement. While allies are a vital part of the movement, in this issue we wish to focus exclusively on writing by persons of marginalized orientations and gender identities. If you are a straight ally with a piece of work related to the movement or about your own experiences with friends and family, we ask that you send your work as a general submission so that we can consider it for a future issue. In short, while we truly do want to see and consider work by allies and will accept it for future issues, we also want to clarify that this particular issue will focus on writing by LGBTQIA writers.
- Stories and creative nonfiction may be up to 7,500 words; poetry may be up to 8 pages.
- All work must be previously unpublished.
- Work may be about anysubject and, while we certainly welcome work about sexual identity, coming out, etc., work submitted for the issue is not limited to these subjects. We seek to celebrate the writers themselves and their work, rather than to limit submissions to works that specifically address issues of sexual orientation. In other words, send us whatever you like!
- You may submit poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, but we ask that they be sent as separate submissions.
- Fiction should be typed, double-spaced with 1” margins on all sides, one side of plain white paper only. Poetry should be typed, one side of plain white paper only.
- For those submitting by mail: Please mark both your cover letter and the outer envelope with “Spring 2016 Theme.” Send a SASE for response. Postal submissions are free.
- For those submitting online: You may submit work online at: https://nimrodjournal.submittable.com/submit. A $3 fee is charged for online submissions to cover the administrative costs associated with those submissions.
Manuscripts accepted beginning August 10th, 2015.
Postmark Deadline: December 5th, 2015.
Publication Date: April 2016
Send postal manuscripts to:
The University of Tulsa
800 S. Tucker Dr.
Tulsa, OK 74104
Submit online at:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call (918) 631-3080.
We are excited about this issue, so please send your work and/or share this announcement with writing groups and friends. We eagerly anticipate your response.