CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Transcendence: A Positive Trans*, Non-Binary, and Genderqueer Fiction/Art Zine
Edited by Marilyn Roxie and Jacob Milnestein
Release Date: 1st Quarter/2nd Quarter 2013
As achievements in increased awareness of the spectrum of gender identities continue to be made, there is also a growing need for positive representation of trans*, non-binary, and genderqueer people in fiction and artwork; stories and images that can uplift and inspire those in the community, and enlighten our allies. The purpose of the Transcendence zine is to showcase the diversity of our identities and the varied ways in which we celebrate ourselves. We are currently seeking fiction and art submissions.
The zine will be also serve as an effort to generate interest for the anthology on the same topic we plan to release later on in 2013 - any submissions to the zine may be considered for the later anthology. The anthology, unlike the zine (which will be freely available online) will have a cost with all proceeds donated to a charity that works with the trans* community.
- Fiction Guidelines: Short stories - 4,000 to 8,000 word length. All genres welcome - seeking magic realism and speculative fiction in particular. Science fiction, historical, fantasy, straight lit are all acceptable, although perhaps it might be easier to steer away from direct horror due to the positive nature of the anthology. Please feel free to contradict this if you desire, whether it is through the the most breathtaking and life-affirming ‘Final Girl’ scenario within the context of a tale that deals with affirmation regarding gender, or another subversive approach.
- Art Guidelines: Art of uplifting nature (define positivity as you see fit) concerning trans*, non-binary, and/or genderqueer identity. The theme is entirely up to you. Art may be submitted along with or entirely independent of fiction piece.
- Fiction submissions: Submit your fiction work according to guidelines with a short bio and, if available, link to your website / online portfolio to email@example.com as a .doc or .rtf attachment. with the subject TRANSCENDENCE ZINE SUBMISSION. Please include your author name and title of the piece. Content of text files should be presented in 12 point Times New Roman with 1 inch margins
- Art submissions: Submit your artwork according to guidelines with a short bio and, if available, link to your website / online portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org as a .jpg or .png attachment with the subject TRANSCENDENCE ZINE SUBMISSION. Please include your artist name and title of the piece, as well as any notes on medium or background information you may wish to include.
- The deadline to submit is January 20th, 2013. Authors and editors will not receive monetary compensation for their zine contribution - this will be a free release.
- Queries about the anthology can be directed to email@example.com or tweeted to us @GenderqueerID on Twitter.
ABOUT THE EDITORS:
Marilyn Roxie blogs at Genderqueer Identities (http://genderqueerid.com/) and is a library tech and webmaster for the Center for Sex and Culture (http://sexandculture.org/) in San Francisco.
Jacob Milnestein writes stories. Like most people, he has a website.
I had previously posted about the availability of my Genderqueer History and Identities project, prepared for an LGBT American History class, on Google Docs. Now it is available as a direct PDF link as well as on the Genderqueer Identities Tumblr itself via the sidebar. Follow the links!:
What is “Genderqueer”?: Defining genderqueer
Genderqueer History: Includes Beginnings (late 1980s, early 1990s, up to 2001), Popularization and Community (2002 through 2006), Recent Developments (2007 to 2010), and Criticism.
Beginnings focuses on what set the stage genderqueer communities, including postmodernism, transgender and feminist writings challenging and expanding upon the concept of gender, and authors such as Leslie Feinberg, Kate Bornstein, and Riki Anne Wilchins, up through the formation of communities like Genderqueer Boyzz in 1997 and GenderQueer Revolution in 2001.Popularization and Community chronicles the publication of the anthology GenderQueer: Voices from Beyond the Binary (2002) which allowed the word to slip into more mainstream usage and understanding, and news stories throughout the 2000s highlighting self-identification with the term and genderqueer issues (such as gender neutral bathrooms). Recent Developments briefly looks at Kate Bornstein’s revisiting of Gender Outlaws with Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation, some news coverage, Jess Five’s genderqueer seahorse symbol, and Internet community activity.Criticism covers some of the relation of genderqueer to politics and feminism.
Identities and Concepts: Quotes sources such as the Trans and Queer Wellness Initiative to provide definitions for terms / identities commonly associated with genderqueerness, including androgyne, bigender, gender fluid, and neutrois.
I will be posting ‘bite-sized’ excerpts from my project and material cited in the project from time to time via Tumblr in the coming days.
Please use the GQID ask box to make suggestions on information to potentially add to the project, particularly if you think that something major was missing! To my knowledge there has not been a thorough resource for genderqueer history compiled - we’re making history by chronicling this history! I’ve become so passionate about this particularly because if this kind of information was out there when I was struggling to figure my own gender and sexual identity out, I would have been joyful and relieved to know that I was not alone, and that there was a history of non-binary identity stretching back farther than I could’ve ever previously imagined.
This is a project that was, and is, very important to me that I recently finished. If you’re interested in queer / genderqueer / trans issues and people at all, please do check it out!
As no standard GQ flag appeared to exist (though there are gay/lesbian pride, bisexual, and transgender flags), I decided to create one! The lavender color is to represent the combination of blue and pink (included in the trans flag and also traditional male and female colors), the green is the inverse of this color and meant to represent those who go beyond gender binary identities, white stands for androgynous, as well as neutrality.
The lettering is a GQ symbol (Futura Bk Bold font) I made so the letters intersect. If you like the design of this flag, please like and reblog! I have other ideas about it’s usage (such as how the white strip down the side could be used for individuals / groups of people to insert gender and orientation symbols), though these are still in development. Send your questions, suggestions for alternative designs, and comments to: http://neonsigh.tumblr.com/ask