submissions / Closet Cases: LGBTIQ Writers on What We Wear, edited by Megan Volpert (Et Alia Press, spring 2020)
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.

SEEKING 75 QUEER WRITERS, ANY GENRE. 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. SUBMISSIONS CLOSE JULY 15, 2019.

Et Alia Press is a small press for big voices in Little Rock, Arkansas with publishing interests in three areas: local histories, health and wellness, and emerging artists.

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

-Simultaneous submissions welcome
-Can submit more than once, just fill out this form for each submission
-Expect notification of your submission status by August 1, 2019
-Direct any other inquiries to the editor, Megan Volpert

This section asks for basic information about you. The biographical note will be published in the book itself. Your address will not be published; you're providing that so we can send you a contributor's copy if your submission is accepted for publication.

We may publish social media handles alongside the biographical note, or we may just use them to include you in publicity for the book. You are not required to provide your social media handles; providing them constitutes consent to be tagged in publicity related to this book.

your last name *
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Please include your last name in both the image and text file names. Submissions that do not meet this requirement will be rejected automatically. The maximum size for each file upload is 10MB.
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