Queer Enough seeks illustrations and non-fiction stories or essays that reflect on experiences in different-gender relationships while being out as queer, for issue #2!
Different-gender partners of queers who may not necessarily identify as queer are also welcome to share their thoughts and perspectives.
Submissions can address any of these points or propose another topic that relates to queer different-gender partnerships:
- challenges specific to queer different-gender relationships
- feeling queer enough in a different-gender relationship
- queerness as encompassing more than sex or gender identity
- maintaining outness in a different-gender relationship
- defining your own queerness
- trans experience with changing gender dynamics in a relationship as one's own gender identity changes
- relationships where one person is queer-identified and the other isn't
- monogamy/non-monogamy in queer different-gender relationships
- being accountable for the straight privilege you might benefit from
- Is one partner's identity affected by the other's identity?
- queer visibility/invisibility in a different-gender relationship
- Does your behavior in public differ in a different-gender relationship (for example, hand-holding and other displays of affection)?
- how your private sexual practice is actually queer as can be
- how "opposite-sex" fails to describe your relationship, as if there was an opposite to your identity anyway! But to most of the world you probably look like a boy and a girl.
FAQ: What does "different-gender" mean?
I use "different-gender" as a more inclusive alternative to what some people might call "opposite-sex." I use "different" instead of "opposite" because "opposite" implies that there are only two genders. "Different-gender" could mean male/female, but it also includes people who have more varied gender identities, such as androgynous or gender-neutral, or something else beyond the gender binary.
I use "gender" instead of "sex" based on the suggestion of someone with a trans history who contributed to the first issue. His view is that people define sex in different ways (sometimes based on physical body parts, sometimes based on self-identified sex), but that there is generally a more clear understanding of gender.
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Submissions of any length will be considered, but the length of the submissions included in the first issue (approx. 300 to 1750 words) is a good guideline to follow.
Please include a unique title, a 1-2 sentence bio, and any contact info such as a website or email address that you would like published in the zine. Anonymous submissions will be accepted also. If there is any information included along with your submission, such as your name, that you do not want published please make this very clear.
Deadline is ongoing. Issue #2 is tentatively imagined for November 2011, but is entirely dependent upon your submissions to exist. Send them in, the sooner the better!
Send writing as .doc or .rtf files (NO .docx files!!) and illustrations as high-res .jpg or .tiff files (minimum resolution 300dpi). If you would like to submit both artwork and writing, please send these as separate submissions. There is no guarantee that your art will be included with your writing and vice versa. Submission does not guarantee inclusion in the zine, but do not let this deter you from sending something in!
Page size is 8.5" tall x 5.5" wide, including a small unprintable margin. Illustrations can be made to fit within that size, or be made for a 2-page spread (8.5" x 11" minus margin). Illustrations that aren't that size will be re-sized to fit, and put in with the text (or maybe on the cover) in whatever way works best.
Submissions and questions should be directed to email@example.com.
Issue #1 is available online here.