Breaking Through: LGBT Poets Respond to Violence Against LGBT People
Editor: Shane Allison
Publisher: TBA
Deadline: August 1, 2015

Rights: non-exclusive right to publish the poem in this anthology in print, eBook and audiobook form. Authors will retain copyright to their stories.

I thought about the idea of this anthology when I began gathering poems about growing up black and gay in the south for a new collection. A majority of those poems consist of my experiences of being a victim of bullying and ridicule. I knew I was not alone, that there are poets and writers with stories of their own to share. I am in search of poetry that answers the call on the theme of violence in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Poems on not only physical violence, but the mental, emotional and psychological violence we endure in our lives.

Give me your best work I’ll consider up to five poems. One poem per page, per author. No simultaneous submissions. I’ll consider reprints, preferably, but hope to be seeing more new, unpublished work.

I want a variety of themes, voices, and tone. A diversity of ages, ethnicities, cultures, and physical attributes and abilities is welcome.

The central figures must be LGBT.

I love fiction and non –fiction as much as the next gay editor, but this will be a poetry only anthology.

Send your submission as an attachment in .doc, .docx. or .rtf format, Times New Roman black font, with name, email and mailing address on the first page of each poem, to Queries can go to that address as well.

About the Editor:

Shane Allison’s editing career began with the best-selling gay erotic anthology Hot Cops: Gay Erotic Stories, which was one of his proudest moments. Since the birth of his first anthology, he has gone on to publish over a dozen gay erotica anthologies such as Straight Guys: Gay Erotic Fantasies, Cruising: Gay Erotic Stories, Middle Men: Gay Erotic Threesomes, Frat Boys: Gay Erotic Stories, Brief Encounters: 69 Hot Gay Shorts, College Boys: Gay Erotic Stories, Hardworking Men: Gay Erotic Fiction, Hot Cops: Gay Erotic Fiction, Backdraft: Fireman Erotica, and Afternoon Pleasures: Erotica for Gay Couples. Shane Allison has appeared in five editions of Best Gay Erotica, Best Black Gay Erotica and Zane’s Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava 3. His debut poetry collection, Slut Machine is out from Queer Mojo and his poem/memoir I Remember is out from Future Tense Books. His debut novel You’re the One That I Want is forthcoming from Strebor Books in 2016. Shane is hard at work on his next novel and currently resides in Tallahassee, Florida.


One Response to “Call for Submissions: LGBT Poets Respond to Violence Against LGBT People”

  1. 14 July 2015 at 3:08 PM #

    hey shane! i know you via my buddy michael hathaway/chiron.
    not clear with your forthcoming anthology if “reprints” is the same as “previously published”? please clarify…
    on words and UP words,

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