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Jul. 19th, 2008 | 11:38 am
TITLE: Queer Shorts (second edition)
MANAGING EDITOR: Jen Burke
PUBLISHER: Homofactus Press
Please post this call for submissions freely!
I need your short stories for the new and expanded second edition of an anthology of LGBTQ writing.
New and established voices spanning three generations contributed short fiction stories to the first edition of Queer Shorts, previously published by Merge Press, which was closed by the founder. Now in a new home at Homofactus Press, Queer Shorts will be released again with plenty of new fiction.
I seek complexity and depth in character motivation; a unique voice or perspective; inventive narrative; and compelling plot development. Original plot lines and rich, entertaining story-telling go a long way beyond a two-dimensional, contrived read. Stories can interrogate, celebrate or redefine what “queer” means as well as contribute to the current landscape of diverse LGBTQ fiction. Submissions may be erotic or sexually graphic, but I am not seeking porn or erotica specifically.
Submissions must be sent as Word files (not a pdf) with text in 12 point Times New Roman font. Stories should be previously unpublished (unless you retain full, unfettered, republication rights and attach a copy of your contract), 1500-6000 words in length (possibly negotiable), and typed double-spaced. You may submit more than one essay. Each story must be emailed separately.
Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your legal name, pseudonym (if any) you wish to use, address, phone number, email, and the bio you would like to appear in the book if your selection is chosen for publication. Please put your name and the letters “QS” in the subject field of the email. Managing editor Jen Burke will send an email confirming receipt of your submission.
The deadline for submissions is 10/01/09. Updates are available at myspace.com/queershorts.
For any other questions, please email me at email@example.com.