03 July 2012

Qlit has moved to WritersForDiversity.blogspot.com

Please be advised that we have moved all posts to our new blog, Writers For Diversity. If you are looking for opportunities for LGBTQ writers only, there is a "for LGBT writers" tab in the navigation bar over at the new blog. To our e-mail subscribers, please re-subscribe using the "subscribe by e-mail" link at http://writersfordiversity.blogspot.com to continue receiving regular updates. Thank you.
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18 June 2012

Deadline June 25 | Call for Submissions from Playwrights - Gay Play Day: a Festival of LGBT Theater (Canada)

Deadline: 25 June 2012

Gay Play Day is a festival of short plays by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered playwrights, running in Toronto on September 29 & 30th, 2012 (venue TBA). We are accepting submissions until June 25th at gayplayday@gmail.com


Gay Play Day is now accepting submissions from playwrights and/or directors for the inaugural Gay Play Day festival which will take place at a downtown Toronto venue on September 29 & 30th, 2012. Gay Play Day is a festival of short plays written by LGBT writers about the LGBT experience.

  • Each playwright and/or director may submit only one script—send us your best!
  • We are only accepting electronic submissions in Word format.
  • We are looking for short plays that run less than 15 minutes. Less is fine, longer is not. Ten minutes would be ideal.
  • The title page should include the playwright's name, the character list and a brief synopsis of the play.
  • The title page must also include the company's contact name (if different from playwright), address, phone number and email address.
  • Plays should contain no more than 4 characters.
  • Set and technical requirements should be fairly simple. We are talking basically lights up and lights down. Your set should also be minimal – a table and two chairs, for example. Nothing is even better!
  • Musicals, children’s shows, and any unsolicited longer one-act or full-length plays are not accepted and will not receive a response.
  • If selected, each company is responsible to cast and rehearse their own play.
  • A tech person will be provided by Gay Play Day for the tech rehearsal and performances.
  • Companies are not offered any financial compensation for their involvement, however the festival is a great format to showcase your creative talents.
  • A cash prize will be awarded to the play that wins the audience favourite award.
  • Gay Play Day is not associated with the Canadian Actors' Equity Association.
  • Applicants will be notified of inclusion in the festival by July 10th, 2012.


For queries/ submissions: gayplayday@gmail.com

Website: http://gayplayday.blogspot.ca/
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14 June 2012

Call for Submissions - Fcuk Equality: Er0tic Short Stories for Rowdy Queers

Deadline: 31 December 2012

Against Equality (www.againstequality.org) is putting together a new anthology of er0tic fiction, so we need your help! We’re looking for submissions of original, unpublished stories between 1500 – 2000 words that incorporate our political agenda of challenging mainstream gay and lesbian politics (ie. marriage, military service, and hat3 crimes legislation) into the storyline. We’re always trying to find new ways to animate our politics; what more fun and s3xy way to share our political project than with nau9hty tales of queer d3bauchery and gender terr0rism!?

We want to hear about your wild3st fantasi3s of rauc0us anti-war organizing, lesbian wolf packs fighting to end anti-queer vi0lence (Born in Flames tribute anyone?), trans prison librarians organizing er0tic poetry writing groups, s3ducing marriage equality interns to the dark side, and lots more! These are just a few examples to get all your juic3s flowing. And remember: political er0tica (when is er0tica not political?) doesn’t have to be dull and didactic – let your imaginations run wild!

Submissions are due December 31st by email to againstequality@gmail.com; we hope to complete the editing process early in the summer. Each contributor selected for publication will receive two copies of the book as compensation. Submissions should be formatted as either .doc, .docx, .pdf, or .txt files. Please include a short 50 – 100 word bio.


For queries/ submissions: againstequality@gmail.com

Website: http://www.againstequality.org
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11 June 2012

Deadline June 18 | Call for Papers: Childhood and its Discontents (ESC Journal | Canada/ worldwide)

Deadline: 18 June 2012

ESC: English Studies in Canada invites submissions for a Special Issue on "Childhood and Its Discontents," guest edited by Nat Hurley.

No figure more fully embodies the paradoxical demands of civilization than the child. At once beloved and overdetermined, the child figures nothing less than our most treasured cultural fantasies and so also becomes the repository of our worst fears. Scholars across the fields of children’s literature, queer theory, gothic studies, critical pedagogy, gender studies, and critical race studies increasingly highlight the ways children—and representations of them—exceed (and so flag the limits of) the utopianism governing their very conceptualization. In effect, childhood has become a fascinatingly unruly object of study.

To the extent that discontentment indexes a dissatisfaction with prevailing social and cultural conditions, this special issue on Childhood and Its Discontents invites essays that reflect on childhood’s unruly resistance to the norms, genres, and cultural regimes that aim to normalize it. In the same spirit in which Freud brought to light the counterintuitive instincts that underwrite and undermine the very idea of civilization, so too do we seek essays for this volume that highlight the central tensions at the heart of childhood and its representations.

ESC invites papers for this special issue on “Childhood and its Discontents” from scholars, writers, artists, and activists with an interest in the historical conditions, theoretical implications, and emergent potentialities of the concept of childhood. We accept submissions from any geographical location. The journal seeks to publish a diversity of historical, national, and theoretical perspectives. We warmly welcome interdisciplinary approaches to this topic and are happy to consider essays informed by critical race studies, feminist theory, ethnographic studies, philosophy of education, film studies, queer studies, postcolonial studies, political economy, critical pedagogy studies, and ecocriticism as well as relevant others.

Deadline for submission of articles (maximum of 8500 words) is 18 June 2012.

Note to contributors: ESC normally accepts black and white images, up to a limit of six per article. Contributors are responsible for securing permissions.

Please forward completed essays, in MLA format, along with a 100-word abstract and a 50-word bio to Nat Hurley, Assistant Professor, Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. Please send electronic submissions to nhurley@ualberta.ca. The journal’s style sheet is available at http://www.arts.ualberta.ca/~esc/submit.php.

ESC: English Studies in Canada is a quarterly journal of scholarship and criticism concerned with the study of literature and culture. Recent special issues include “Traffic” (Eds. Cecily Devereux and Mark Simpson), “Guilt” (Ed. J. Faflak), “Sound/Poetry/Event” (Eds. L. Cabri, A. Levy, P. Quartermain), and “Skin” (Ed. J. Emberley).


For queries/ submissions: nhurley@ualberta.ca

Website: www.arts.ualberta.ca/~esc
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08 June 2012

Call for Submissions for Queer Online Publication: The Qouch

The Qouch, an on-line publication of The Queer Psychoanalysis Society, is looking for submissions from scholars, writers, and artists who do work in the fields of queer studies, gender studies, and/or psychoanalysis. We welcome proposals or finished works that explore the psychology of sexuality and gender in the form of scholarly essays, well-informed opinion pieces, creative writing, and any other expressive media. The Qouch publishes articles on a continuing basis and there is no deadline for submissions. We will also consider previously published essays and previews of larger works in progress.

We encourage all interested writers to visit our site at theqouch.com and to feel free to contact us with any questions and inquiries at theqouch@gmail.com


For queries/ submissions: theqouch@gmail.com

Website: http://theqouch.com/
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07 June 2012

Deadline June 15 | Call for Films, Art Workshops/ Panels: Gender Reel Festival (Philadelphia)

Deadline: 15 June 2012

Gender Reel, the east coasts only multi-media festival dedicated to enhancing the visibility of gender non-conforming and transgender images, experiences and artists will be accepting submissions starting 3/15/12 until 6/15/12.


This year, Gender Reel will be held at the William Way Community Center in Philadelphia, PA on 9/7/12-9/9/12.


Anyone who identifies as a gender non-conforming, gender variant or transgender person, non-GncGVTG indivduals who are doing work about GncGVTG issues, or anyone who's work challenges the gender binary.

This includes, but is not limited to: Transgender people, genderqueers, gender non-conformers, butches, femmes, bois, AG's, queens, kings, men, women, studs, grrls, transsexuals, FTM's, MTF's, trans men, trans women.......

  • Art
  • Photography
  • Film
  • Hands on art related workshops
  • Panels discussions about art, film, photography, etc.,
  • Performance pieces
  • Art installations

No more than 5 pieces will be accepted from any one artist.

Films can be short or feature length from any genre; documentary, narrative, experimental, animation, etc.,....

All submissions should be made directly through our online submission form at http://genderreelfest.com/?page_id=32.

Decisions regarding acceptance into Gender Reel will be made by our Organizing committee by the end of July, 2012.

Because of funding limitations, GR is unable to cover the cost of travel to and from Philadelphia for artists. Also, we cannot afford to pay shipping costs for individual pieces. However, we are committed to doing what we can do work with artists regarding hardship situations, as well as helping artists from outside the area find a free place to stay when attending the festival.

Any artist who's work is accepted into GR will receive a festival pass, which grants you free admission into the festival, as well as any other festival related event.

Gender Reel is not responsible for any loss or damage to art work and/or films that are sent to us, and/or displayed at the festival itself.

Questions regarding the submission process, attending the festival, placing an ad in our festival program guide and/or tabling at the event should be directed to genderreelfest@gmail.com.


For inquiries: genderreelfest@gmail.com

For submissions: via their online submission form

Website: http://genderreelfest.com/
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Deadline June 15 | Call for LGBT-Themed Speculative Poems: Eye to the Telescope

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.

Via: pawablog


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

Website: http://eyetothetelescope.com
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