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Call for Submissions—LGBTQIA Anthology

Author Megan Volpert is seeking 75 queer writers in all genres to contribute to Closet Cases, a forthcoming anthology on queer fashion (Et Alia Press, spring 2020). Submission guidelines here: http://www.meganvolpert.com/closet-cases.html

As a verb, "fashion" is exceedingly queer. Our queer community learns to fashion its identity out of the clothes we wear, the costumes we choose, the fabrics we desire--and the statements these make. No other community of people allows clothing to serve as such a primary, dominant marker of subjectivity, both individually and collectively. And we don't simply permit it; we rely upon it. Queers communicate through what we put on our bodies. So this is not merely a "fashion book." It's a collection of artifacts that testify to the power of fashion as a verb, to the complex and lovely strategies that govern what we do in the LGBTIQ community to build authentic selves that are both comfortable and seen.

Each contributor will get a two-page spread with photo of their clothing and accompanying text explaining its significance. This gorgeous, full-color coffee table book will be published by Et Alia Press in spring 2020. Deadline July 15.

PHOTO SUBMISSIONS:

-Photograph must include item of clothing
-Author may or may not be pictured with item
-Hi-resolution files preferred, pixelated photos will be rejected
-Square-shaped photos preferred, photos may be cropped
-Full-color, relatively unfiltered/unedited photos preferred
-All-ages appropriate background, no drugs/violence

TEXT SUBMISSIONS:

-Text must address item in photo
-All genres & mixed/experimental genres welcome
-Must fit on one standard page, about 350 words max

GENERAL INFO:

-Simultaneous submissions welcome
-Multiple submissions welcome, just fill out separate form for each
-Expect notification of your submission status by August 1, 2019
-Direct any other inquiries to the editor, Megan Volpert

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