Call For Submissions: Queer/Here

Michelle and Deborah in Austin, Texas via

Last month we announced the introduction of Theme Months and kicked off with February’s “Art Attack.”I bet you’re wondering what fascinating theme we’ll be taking on in March and luckily I have that information for you.

This month’s theme is “Here/Queer.” We wanna hear stories of queer life with a really strong sense of place — a profile of a community leader or group, a history of lesbian life in a particular city, how it was to grow up in [x] place  — anything that relates to being gay in a specific place (or places).

Perhaps this is most easily illustrated with examples!

Examples of Here/Queer-appropriate material from Autostraddle:

Texas Is Not the Only State: Confessions of a Lesbian Exile in New York
+ Deanne Smith and The Lesbian Invasion
In “Gay Friendly” Philippines, Lesbians Still Forced to Keep it in the Closet
+ I Am Alike: A Nigerian Boi’s Reflection on Pariah
+ 10 Great Places to Meet Lesbians If You Have a Time Machine
My First Christmas As A Man In Kansas
Lesbian Sydney’s Sly Foxes and Snatches
+ Photographs: New York City The Night We Won Same-Sex Marriage
+ Maro Hagopian, Photographer of Choice Cunts, Celebrities & Characters, Threw a Party

Examples of Here/Queer-appropriate material from other websites:

+ One Town’s War on Gay Teens (Rolling Stone)
+ Queer in Palestine (Curve)
+ I Wish I Knew How to Depict You: Yes, Hollywood, There Are Gay Texans. (Texas Monthly)
A Day in Gay America (Advocate)
+ Queer Eye for New Hope (Philly Mag)
+ Same-Sex Family Values (Salon)
+ Friends and Lovers
+ Guy Walks Into a Bar Car (The New Yorker)
+ Queer Thinker: How Jon-Henri Damski chronicled the history of Gay Chicago (The Chicago Reader)

Send your pitches to Laneia [at] Autostraddle [dot] com and cc Rachel [at] autostraddle dot com by February 28th. Include a resume and three samples (either PDFs from print publications or link to your work published online).

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  1. This sounds amazing.

    Hopefully it’ll make up for the bitch that told me Lesbos Island was never an island full of lesbians (I sounded like a total winner throughout that entire convo. “So then why is it called LESBOs Island??”). She crushed all of my hopes and dreams.

  2. Is Autostraddle going to be doing themes and asking for submissions every month? I don’t really have any ideas for this particular topic but it is pretty much my dream to write for Autostraddle. And I have writing samples and all that stuff!

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