Call for Submissions: In Another World

As we head into the crisp, fresh beginning of 2020 and a new decade, we want to hear about your queerest, wildest dreams. For our theme issue, In Another World, tell us what you still believe in and what continues to fill you with hope.

We’re looking for stories about people who are planting the seeds for a totally different future, who are actively pushing for changes in their communities, who are imagining who they would be in another time and place, if they didn’t have to define themselves against stereotypes, systematic injustice and a dominant culture that excludes and harms them. Show us these visions.

We want to explore the alternatives to a world that’s already disappointed us: queer parenting approaches to raising radical children; models for money lending or home ownership that go beyond one family and a bank; survival strategies that have historically served marginalized groups of people (and whether they’re still relevant today); technology that helps people support each other IRL; city and transportation planning that’s actually functional for all abilities; wealth redistribution and reparations plans; clothing and fashion that acknowledges the total fluidity of gender.

You’ve been in this world, you know what it’s like, give us a peek into a better version.

Some examples in the realm of this theme that we like:


We are an independent publication currently hanging on for dear life! So our rates aren’t the best out there, but relative to our budget they’re quite good. Depending on the piece (length, edits required, reporting involved if relevant), payment is between $50 – $300.

We are, as always, especially interested in submissions from trans women and people of color. We also accept multiple submissions from the same author.

The deadline for submissions is January 31, but we will be accepting things on a rolling basis, and will respond to you either way by February 7.

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  1. Ok I have literally said this FIVE TIMES before and this will be the last. I am disabled and don’t always have net access and CANNOT submit by the above method. I have asked twice in comments in two different submission calls, twice on fb, and once by email if there are ANY OTHER WAYS people can submit. all five cannot have gone astray. I could see my own comments and ”you” responded to people above and below me.. but NOT ME. One of the many things ”you” said you were going to do better at, as a collective, was around disabled people, not just at A Camp but here in general because you ”recognized you’d let us down”. Well this would be a really good start!!

  2. I’m curious about what happens to submissions in general. I submitted back in March of last year and I didn’t hear anything, not even a ‘no’. There’s no way to follow up on this because the submission page doesn’t generate a confirmation e-mail and none of the ‘contact us’ links are relevant to chasing submissions. I appreciate that you guys have been very busy this last year! Just wondering if there’s a way to make it easier to contact someone regarding that kind of thing.

  3. I love reading all the articles in these call for submissions,,, but god i wish that ‘ew Pete B isn’t gay enough’ piece would disappear from my life

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