So a lovely lady who happens to work at one of the sex shops where I regularly present just recently made a very intriguing suggestion to me. She said it might be cool if I were to turn my “10 Realistic Rules for Good Non-Monogamous Relationships” into a zine that she could stock and sell at her fine establishment. I will admit that I’ve been sitting on those 10 rules for quite some time now, with vague aspirations of turning them into a book, but the recent glut of non-monogamy books on the market, in combination with the fact that as a newly minted grad student I’m about to spend the next two years of my life writing a wholly different kind of book, sorta put the kibbosh on that plan for the near future. But zines are short and cute and don’t require a ton of beefing up or editing or the whole tracking-down-a-publisher thing, so I think this little idea has lots of potential.
Now this is where you come in, dear reader. Zines are not just about words. They are also about visuals. And while I’ve got a penchant for creating artwork myself, the one thing I’m currently lacking is the time to invest in making art for a project like this one.
But you! Perhaps you are artistically inclined. Perhaps you would like to submit a piece of your artwork for minimal financial gain but for the maximum enjoyment of seeing it published in a little zine along with a few words of sex geeky non-monogamy advice. Perhaps, if you were so inclined, you would send me a note at veryqueer3 at yahoo dot ca stating your interest – even better if you have gleaned inspiration from a specific rule, so’s I can match art up with text! – and let me know what you have in mind! Perhaps, if I were to receive a sufficient number of such e-mails (or comments here, for that matter) by June 30, I would decide to either go ahead with this plan and request that you send me your actual artwork (format TBD; along with your nom d’artiste and other details for proper credit); or I would realize that I need to get all artsy and do it myself; or I would give up entirely and bury myself in Judith Butler and thesis proposals for the forseeable future.
The fate of this possible-project is in your hands, ladies and gentlefolk! Let me know what you think! Again: a comment here or a quick e-mail to veryqueer3 at yahoo dot ca would be the way to go.
(Now why do I feel like the girl sitting by the phone on Saturday night, hoping to get a date? Hm…)
While we’re on the topic of calling for submissions, the gender outlaws among you might be intrigued by the following very exciting project from my good friend Bear and the lovely Kate Bornstein…
Call For Submissions
GENDER OUTLAWS: THE NEXT GENERATION
Kate Bornstein & S Bear Bergman, eds
Deadline: 1 September 2009
In the fifteen years since the release of Gender Outlaw, transgender narratives have made their way into cultural locations from the margins to the mainstream and back again. Today’s trannies and other sex/gender radicals are writing a radically new world into being. GENDER OUTLAWS: THE NEXT GENERATION (Seal Press) will collect and contextualize the work of this generation’s most forward-thinking trans/genderqueer voices—new voices from the stage, on the streets, in the workplace, in the bedroom, and on the pages and websites of the world’s most respected mainstream news sources. Edited by that ol’ original Gender Outlaw herself, Kate Bornstein and writer, raconteur, and theater artist S. Bear Bergman, GENDER OUTLAWS: THE NEXT GENERATION will include essays, commentary, comic art and conversation from a diverse a group of trans-spectrum people who live and believe in barrier-breaking lives.
*What we’re looking for*
GENDER OUTLAWS: THE NEXT GENERATION wants to collect work that represents a quantum leap forward in thinking and talking about gender and the gender binary, in the same way Gender Outlaw did almost twenty years ago. So blow us away. Bring the smart, bring the sexy, blind us with science, break the gender barrier, shine a bright light (or a disco ball) on the whole gender situation. Tell us about your future, what you imagine, how you want things to go and what you (and your friends) intend to do about it. Think big.
We’ll look at whatever you have for us – essays, graphic art, interviews/conversations, haiku, rants – as long as you’re thinking smart and fresh about sex and gender (and being an outlaw, of course).
People of any identity are encouraged to submit work. This means you – yes, you!
We intend to privilege non-normatively gendered/sexed voices in the book but will include all the good stuff we can, regardless of current identifiers of the author.
Deadline: Sept 1 (early submissions are encouraged). Submissions should be unpublished; query if you have a reprint that you think we’ll swoon for. While we hesitate to list a maximum, please query first for pieces over 4,000 words. If you have an idea and need help writing it out, contact us to discuss an interview-style piece or other accommodations.
Submit as a Word document or black/white JPEG (no files over 2MB). Please include a cover letter with a brief bio and full contact information (mailing address, phone number, pseudonym if appropriate) when you submit. Submissions without complete contact information will be deleted unread. Payment will be $50 and 2 copies of the book upon publication in Fall 2010. Contributors retain the rights to their pieces. Send your submission as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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