LGBTQ Lit Mags
By Rachel Peterson
There are many publishing options in the literary world today. You can find magazines that cater not just to a literary viewpoint or form, medium, but also convey a political stance, a regional area, or showcase the work of particular groups of people. All of the following journals actively encourage submissions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and/or trans-gender authors. While these these magazines are specifically interested in promoting GLBT writers or related content, what is also mighty fine is that everyone, regardless of orientation, can find someplace to submit to and show the love.
All information is taken from the journals' websites. If you know of any magazines not included, please let us know.
Assaracus is the only print journal in the world dedicated to poetry of gay men. Each issue of Assaracus features a substantial portfolio of work by ten-to-twelve emerging or established gay poets.
BLOOM does not discriminate against the imagination. Gardeners must identify as Queer (LGBT), but the flora of their labor need not serve any pre-conceived notion of beauty. Peonies, sweet williams, ragweed, and gladiolas–every shade & shape of blossom–are all welcome. Let the garden grow. BLOOM has two submission periods a year. Since we’re still reading the work sent in last fall, our next submission period will begin in September. All submissions are electronic through Submittable, and a link will be provided when we are accepting new submissions.
Cactus Heart seeks new and original poetry, fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, art & photography for Issue #6 (e-Issue) and Issue #6.5 (print), both due out in December 2013. We want spiny writing & art—sharp, relentless, coursing with energy and able to thrive in the harshest of places, all while maintaining a vulnerable, succulent interior. Make us swoon. Open: August 10 – October 10. Keep in mind that we publish a lot of Queer content, but that isn't our exclusive aim.
Femme Dreamboat is a zine edited by three Jersey femmes to centralize femme experiences in LGBT/queer culture. We strive to create spaces for femmes to create accurate representations of our lives, looks, relationships, and bodies. We at Femme Dreamboat are dedicated to radical inclusivity and want the project to speak openly and accountability on issues of race, gender, class, disability, transmisogyny, documentation status, ageism, cissexism, fatphobia, and all systems of power, privilege, and oppression. We encourage femmes who are willing and able to engage with this framing to submit work.
The Gay & Lesbian Review is a bimonthly magazine targeting an educated readership of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered (GLBT) men and women. Under the tagline, “a bimonthly journal of history, culture, and politics,” the G&LR publishes essays in a wide range of disciplines as well as reviews of books, movies, and plays. Its mission is to provide a forum for enlightened discussion of issues and ideas of importance to lesbians and gay men; to advance gay and lesbian culture by providing a quality vehicle for its best writers and thinkers; and to educate a broader public on gay and lesbian topics.
Gertrude, the annual literary journal of Gertrude Press: Gertrude accepts manuscripts from new and established writers and artists. Subject matter need not be LGBTQA-specific and we welcome writers and artists from all backgrounds. We accept simultaneous submissions with notification. We do not accept previously published work. Please note that we do not publish novels. We read chapbook manuscripts ONLY through our annual competition.
ImageArt invites you to participate in “Wish You Were Queer 4,” the fourth annual show and benefit sale of original postcard-sized artworks that supports the yearly ImageArt exhibition. Postcard-sized artworks should be no larger than 4x6-inches in any 2-D medium. Artists are encouraged, but not required, to link their works to this year’s exhibition theme that addresses the national and international debate over marriage equality.
The Ink and Code. We are proud to announce that after a successful Issue: Zero, The Ink and Code is beginning it’s fall submission process. There is no set deadline or theme and we will consider the spectrum of submissions. Just be sure to read what we publish and what we’ve blogged about to make sure your submission jives with what we’re doing. We want: awesome, cool, weird, ugly, bizarre, amazing, sad, funny, dark, shocking, pretty, grouchy, intelligent pieces of writing. Oh, and everything in between.
Lavender Review was born on Gay Pride Day, June 27, 2010. LR is an international, biannual e-zine dedicated to poetry and art by, about, and for lesbians, including whatever might appeal to a lesbian readership. Remember: Any art from a marginalized group is first dismissed as necessarily trivial or lesser because it doesn’t value the same ideals as the mainstream. It is only through iteration and resilience that the markers used to keep us out become the elements for which we are prized. That’s why a journal devoted to lesbian poetry and art is vital. This e-zine is free, and open to everyone.
Mary, a literary magazine published quarterly, is currently seeking submissions for both our print and web publications. Submissions are welcomed in prose, poetry, or essay format. Our mission is to showcase Queer/Gay writings of artistic merit. Mary is seeking to capture and examine queer moments; to offer a surfeit of gay writings of artistic value and give them the showcase they deserve. Mary’s goal is to highlight writings that strive to reveal a perfect homosexual moment without any rationalization other than to skillfully reflect: this is the gay world or this is the gay world as we imagine it to be. Mary is dedicated to gay writing that is not simply art for art’s sake, but art as a demonstration of life.
qu.ee/r is an online literary magazine founded to feature great work by awesome LGBT writers and artists. Please head on over to our website and see what we’re all about. If you’re so moved (and we hope you are), you can upload your work using our online submission tool. If you’re an LGBTQ writer or art-maker of any stripe at all, we want to publish you! We’re interested in truly solid work that deals with just about anything, even if the thingisn’t explicitly queer. You wrote it, so that’s queer enough for us. Please adhere to the following guidelines, as they make our lives easier!
RFD is a reader written journal for gay people which focuses on country living and encourages alternative lifestyles. We foster community building and networking, explore the diverse expressions of our sexuality, care for the environment, radical faerie consciousness, nature-centered spirituality, and share experiences of our lives. RFD relies on it's readers to stimulate ideas and themes for future issues of the magazine as well as responding to our call for articles and artwork for each issue.
Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal that publishes three issues each year. Publishing since 1976, Sinister Wisdom works to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space. Sinister Wisdom seeks to open, consider and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues. Sinister Wisdom recognizes the power of language to reflect our diverse experiences and to enhance our ability to develop critical judgment as lesbians evaluating our community and our world. Material may be in any style or form, or combination of forms, but we only publish the work of Lesbians.
Skin to Skin is a quarterly coffee table magazine for women of the LGBT community. The publication mixes poetry, prose, essays, and fiction/nonfiction with the artistry of the female art form. It is a platform that promotes unity, freedom of expression, and the sharing of ideas.
THEM is a literary journal of trans* writers. As such only authors that identify within the trans* umbrella will be considered. THEM accepts poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, experimental writing, and pretty much anything in any genre. Basically, if you’re trans* and making things, submit. For each issue of THEM we also are looking for cover art. There are really no guidelines for this. Surprise us. Check the website for when we will be accepting submissions again.
Weave is a bicoastal literary organization and print publication. We seek to create a space for a cross-section of writers and artists to meet on the page, on the stage, and in workshop. We celebrate diversity in both the creator and their works and strive to showcase both novice and established writers and artists. Weave promises to publish the under-represented: women voices, voices of people of color, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender voices and more. But most of all, Weave seeks to publish the best artistic and literary works available.
Wilde Magazine. We have an aim towards the LGBTQ community, but we don't solely want writing about the struggles of being a part of the community - anyone in the community knows that being queer is a strange balance between surreal abnormality and even more astounding normality - the fact that love is love, family is family, heartbreak is heartbreak, and life is simply life. In the end, I can't tell you what we're looking for specifically because we seek something so intangible, a flow that bonds not only those in the community, but humanity in general. We seek something honest but comforting, destructive but creative. We seek to represent ourselves in the best way we know how - through art.
Born in Bloody Harlan, Kentucky, Rachel teaches college near Springfield, Ohio. Her academic adventures have led to an MFA in Poetry and MA in Religion. She also has had the good fortune to travel widely and participate in service work both in the US and abroad. A poem from manuscript is featured in Literary Imagination. More poems can be found in Arsenic Lobster, Midwestern Gothic, and The Los Angeles Review. “Elegy of the Gun,” published by LAR, was just nominated for Best New Poets.