15 May 2012

Call for LGBT-Themed Speculative Poems: Eye to the Telescope

Post date: 15 May 2012
Deadline: 15 June 2012

Each issue of Eye to the Telescope has a different guest editor. The Issue 5 editor will be Stephen M. Wilson, who is looking for LGBT (Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Transgendered) themed speculative poems.


From Stephen: I am looking for LGBT as well as gender-neutral and intersexual themed speculative poems for Issue #5 of Eye to the Telescope. As this can be a touchy subject matter for some, I’m not interested in poetry that is either overtly didactic or—this should go without saying—that perpetuates stereotypes (and although sensual poetry is fine, pure erotica will be a hard sell). That said, I am open to dark humor and poetry that provokes (I’ll trust the poets to figure out the fine line between didactic and provocative and between sensual and erotic).

I would prefer that the LGBT aspect of the poetry be subtle and organic to the poem. As I'd love to highlight as diverse a variety of poetry possible, I’m open to everything from formal/classical forms (haiku, sonnets, etc.) to concrete, Dadaism, abstract, postmodernism, avant-garde, surrealism, bizzaro, or whatever else you have to offer, just as long as the poem is speculative (see definition below) and includes the LGBT theme in some way.


Please submit 1-5 poems (in body of email or attached as .rtf) to Stephen at eye.lgbt@rocketmail.com with "ETTT5 Sub" in the subject line.

  • Accepted poems will be paid for at the following rate: US 3¢/word rounded to nearest dollar; minimum US $3, maximum $25. Payment is on publication.
  • The Science Fiction Poetry Association normally uses PayPal to pay poets, but can also send checks.
  • Eye to the Telescope is an online publication. Therefore, First Electronic Rights (for original poems) or reprint electronic rights are being sought.


Anyone writing speculative poetry.


Speculative poetry is poetry which falls within the genres of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, plus some related genres such as magic realism, metafiction, and fabulation. It is not easy to give precise definitions, partly because many of these genres are framed in term of fiction rather than poetry.

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For inquiries/ submissions: eye.lgbt@rocketmail.com

Website: http://eyetothetelescope.com
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