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We are taking submissions for #Trans: An Anthology Collection about Transgender and Nonbinary Experience Online.
What we’re looking for: creative non-fiction, personal narrative, or an academic hybrid. You can use theory and outside resources, but try to fold it into the text so it supports the narrative at the core. Many of us first found out about transgender identity reading books or inside classrooms, so it may be completely relevant to quote from Julia Serano, Dean Spade, or even Judith Butler. But this isn’t the place for an analytical, argumentative essay disproving one theory over another. We want to hear about you, ultimately, and how the internet, technology, or other tools have shaped your identity. Your audience is other trans people; think of this as a conversation at a dinner table, where we’re all telling our stories of how we’ve gotten this far. If you do cite something in your essay, please include an MLA works cited!
What we don’t want: fiction, generic autobiographies about coming out (though ‘coming out’ may certainly be part of what you write for us, we don’t want to publish another Transitions by Chaz Bono), and no poetry. You can work your own poetry into your essay–say, if you’re a trans slam poet and the poetry community helped to form who you are–but make sure the personal story is the focal point
Some ideas/scenarios to get you started:
How has YouTube and the community online helped you to come out?
Tell us the first time you heard your new singing voice on a recording.
How did self-publishing your autobiography allow you to take back control from doctors?
Tell us about your first video game avatar that made you realize you didn’t fall into one category or the other.
What about that night you went lurking on the #realtransadult tag and found a former friend from elementary school, and reconnected?
Tell us about how much fanart you sold on your RedBubble page so you could afford surgery, and all the awesome friends you ended up meeting from that experience.
What about meeting your favourite band member/author/actor when you were young, then meeting them again years later and getting them to re-sign your merch with a new name?
We would love to see essays that combine the theme of technology, online communities, and the internet in with other intersectional identities. Talk to us about using Grindr as a gay trans guy. Talk to us about how doing/watching queer porn allowed you to come to terms with your different body type. If it has to do with technology, gender, and framed around a personal story, we want to see it.
Deadline: Please send the full essay (no more than 3,500 words) by December 1st 2015. We will get back to you by January 1st 2016. From there, the final anthology will come out on July 1st 2016.
Compensation: copy of the anthology, honorarium (to be determined).
Rights: We want essays that have not been published before. If you’ve previewed sections (no more than 1,000 words) on your Livejournal, your YouTube, or something similar, that’s totally fine. Be sure to let us know if you have, and send a link if you can. We would like exclusive rights for one year after the publication date; after that, you can do whatever you want with your work.
Art: If you want to send in images to be considered for the cover, please do so. If selected, we would send you a contract for non-exclusive cover rights and negotiate a price. This essay anthology will focus on text over photo, but if there is an image central to your essay that you want to send along, we will also consider it for non-exclusive rights.
Submission instructions: Please tell us your name (preferred name is fine, but we will need to use legal names for contracts), your final word count, what technology/app/internet website you focus on, if this has been published before, if you have been published before, and a small bio (no more than 75 words). Please paste your submission in the BODY of the email and send to [email protected] We will respond with a confirmation email within 48 hours.
Questions & final words: If you’re unsure if your essay falls under our guidelines, please send it anyway. Don’t self-reject on a hunch that we won’t take it. On that note–please don’t query us with ideas. We only want to see final essays, no abstracts or pitches. Please see our website for more details: hashtagtransanthology.tumblr.com.