Our Queer Planet: A Summer Celebration From Strange Horizons

Call for Submissions

15 February 2016

We at Strange Horizons believe that twenty-first-century speculative fiction must be a global, inclusive tradition, fully aware of and working against the influence of historical marginalisations in both the stories it tells and the voices it enables to tell them. As part of that work, we are pleased to open submissions for a month-long celebration of queer SF from around the world, to be published in July 2016 and to include approximately 20,000 words of fiction (almost twice our usual amount), at least eight poems, and related non-fiction.

Submissions for Our Queer Planet are now closed.

General guidelines

For this special, across all departments we are looking for work that explores intersectional queer imaginaries and experiences around the world. We are looking for work by queer authors, especially those from outside North America, the UK, and Australia as well as queer indigenous writers from those regions and migrants to those regions.

We have a preference for stories and poems that are tied to our (queer) planet: works that take Earth as their setting (whether in the past, or the future, or an alternate reality), or works that explore a diaspora from Earth. We are not looking for secondary-world fantasies for this special. (Send us your secondary-world queer fantasies to consider for other months!)

But most of all we want your stories, from your experience; we want to see the possibilities of speculative literature through your eyes. We do not (nor do we expect you to) deny the difficulty of many queer lives, past and present, but we are not looking to reiterate the familiar, often tragic narratives of queerness that have so often confined our stories.

Our definition of queerness is as varied as the people to whom it applies: gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, intersex, transgender, non-binary, genderqueer, agender, and all the unmapped spaces around and between these identities. If you’re queer and we didn’t name you, your perspective is welcome.

We know that queerness is not the sole definition of your identity, and welcome stories that explore the intersections of queerness with race, class, gender, disability, neurodiversity, and other common axes of marginalisation.

If you have any questions, please contact management@strangehorizons.com. If in doubt: please do not self-reject. We look forward to reading your submissions!

Additional department guidelines

Fiction

We are looking for stories of up to 10,000 words, previously unpublished in English. For this special only, submissions should be sent to queerplanet@strangehorizons.com, with "QUEER PLANET" and the title of your story in the subject line as noted above. (Regular submissions should still be sent via our normal portal.) We welcome completed English translations of stories previously unpublished in English. Translations will be paid at 8 cents/word, with payment split between author and translator at their discretion.

Poetry

We are actively interested in bilingual or multilingual poetry as well as non-Western and genre-bending forms. We recognize diversity in language as well as perspective—break, subvert, repair, or reinvent it however you need to tell the story truly.

Non-fiction

We are interested in standalone columns (1,000 to 2,000 words) exploring aspects of queer representation in SF, or experience as a queer reader or writer of SF. We are looking for individual perspectives and points of view; we are not looking for journalistic summaries or overviews. You can submit proposals or finished pieces.

We are interested in proposals for critical essays and round-tables (both up to approximately 5,000 words) exploring queer speculative writing from around the world. These could focus on specific works, authors, and/or traditions, or take a broader and more contextual view.

We welcome submission of works by queer writers and creators for review (in all media, from books to film to games), to reviews@strangehorizons.com. Works will be assigned to reviewers by our editorial staff. Submission of a work for review does not guarantee a review.

We are seeking artists to create original, commissioned work. We especially invite those with experimental styles and non-traditional approaches to speculative art. Interested artists can submit their portfolios for consideration via our guidelines.