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Shelf Lives: Queer Writers on Queer Bookshops
An anthology celebrating queer bookshops, past and present. We’re looking for stories and non-fiction pieces about what goes on (or went on) in queer bookshops. We prefer personal accounts of a specific moment in time, rather than a general history of a bookshop. Stories about the first time you went into a queer bookshop, or about setting one up. A memorable reading you attended or gave at a queer bookshop. Another writer you met there. A love affair. A rivalry. Maybe (like us) you worked in a bookshop. Tell us the story of that memorable client, or the first time you saw your own book in the window. What other events and activities went on in the bookshop: discussion groups, consciousness-raising meetings, a backroom, writing workshops. Through individual stories, we want to keep the wonderful world of queer bookshops alive. We’re looking for stories from around the world. It doesn’t matter if the bookshop lasted only a few months, or whether it’s still in business thirty years on. We want the anthology to be as diverse and global as possible. Reprints are fine, as are extracts from previously published novels and books of non-fiction.
Please send a query in the first instance, just to be sure we don’t have too many writers writing about the same bookshop. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Deadline for submissions: November 30, 2011.
Payment: £25 and 2 copies of the anthology.
Publication: May 2012.