We are thrilled to announce our nominations for the Best of the Net 2020 anthology. We have been lucky to publish a lot of exemplary work this year, but these pieces really stood out to us for their talent, power, intention and control. Congratulations to these wonderful poets and writers. We wish them the best in being selected for this anthology.
Our next issue focuses on the theme of HAIR.
Everyone has an opinion on hair: family, lovers, partners, friends, religion, culture, society. It has been a tool of oppression, a form of control, or an impossible beauty ideal that excludes most of the population. It has also become an extension of our identities— a form of protest, of self-expression, of finding our communities.
Tell us your hair stories: the color, the texture, the choices you make, how you feel about your hair. Has it always been in control? Have others’ opinions influenced how you wear it? What does your culture say about your hair? What’s a good or bad hair day for you? What makes you feel desirable? What makes you self-conscious?
We want fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art that intersect with broader issues or specific moments. Show us your stunning up-dos, your hair revelations, your hairy leg and sweaty armpit stories. Show us your fresh-haircut confidence and your bad hair hide-under-the-covers days.
Submit a single piece of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org. Add a short bio (<50 words) with your pronouns and social media handles. Don’t forget to mention the theme “HAIR” in the subject of your email. We welcome experimental and hybrid forms. Please read our general guidelines here before submitting.
Submissions will be open until 10th September.
Issue 4 will be out on 1st October, 2020.
This Pride month we want to celebrate queerness by creating something wholesome and positive— an escape from our crushing realities. We also want to highlight the beautiful parts of queer narratives that often get overshadowed. (Give us more queer stories with happy endings, amirite?) We know queerphobia exists. We know the queer experience is fraught with rejection and abuse. We don’t want it to define us.
We also support #BlackLivesMatter. People are fighting for their basic rights. People are starving, fighting, dying. Being queer does not excuse us from being complicit in these oppressive systems. There are queer victims, survivors, protesters, apologists, and perpetrators.
We have decided to go forward with our issue on Queer Loving while also elevating Black and queer voices and creating a space of love, courage and solidarity. So, we are creating a QTBIPOC issue. We especially want to publish Black queer experiences . We hope to provide a space of tenderness, healing and courage. Where we can find the strength to fight. Where we can examine our privilege and stand in solidarity.
Queer loving encompasses all forms of love: love for same or different genders, love for one or more people, sexual or kink-based bonds, platonic loves, friendships, relationships, love from supportive families or from the new families we create for ourselves, and finally, self-love. We’re looking for prose, poetry, hybrid and visual art. Share with us your objects of desire, your moments of connection, your stories of support and belonging. Tell us about the bodies you love and the bodies that love you.
How to Submit:
- Send a single piece of your work to email@example.com.
- Add a short bio (<50 words) in your cover letter with pronouns & social media handles (this is optional).
- Mention Pride 2020 in the subject.
Submissions will be open from 1st to 25th June.
The issue will be published on 30th June, 2020.