Shifting Traditions

STORYTELLING IS ONE OF THE OLDEST AND MOST ACCESSIBLE TOOLS USED TO SHARE CULTURE AND EXPERIENCES OVER GENERATIONS.

But telling our own stories, and sharing our own experiences in our own words, is also a means of empowerment and self-affirmation – especially when our voices have been marginalized for as long as we can remember.

call for submissions

With this call for submissions we aim to gather queer narratives from all around the world, seeing that freedom of expression for people that don’t conform to the majority’s gender norms is still relatively or completely absent in some parts of our planet and underrepresented everywhere. See some of the stories we’ve published so far.

We work with a team of experienced volunteer editors so that each story can be read and enjoyed by as many people as possible. Right now we can only accept submissions in English, but if you write in another language, you can get in touch as well and we will see what we can do.

Accepted submissions will be published online. A selection of the accepted submissions will also be published in a printed anthology in 2020.

We work with very talented illustrators who will make an illustration for each accepted story.

shifting traditions – call for submissions

You do not live in the same environment that you were born into. Your surroundings have changed, your body has changed, the way you are perceived, the way you are treated, the way you perceive and treat yourself is subject to constant change.

Whether you’ve stayed in the same place, but the political system, and family relations, or the climate changed around you, or whether you live with the memory of a place or situation you have left a long time ago or just yesterday – there are certain aspects of past and present within you or shared with the people around you that come together in harmony, struggle, or somehow don’t come together at all. They are traditions in transition.

With this call for submissions we want to explore moments and places where these shifts in traditions take place and how we deal with them. We’re asking questions like:

How and why do you hold on to certain traditions and cultural aspects and disregard others?

What is dear to you and why?

How do you re-appropriate, mix- and match?

(How) do you experience power structures affecting this?

Are there certain topics or rituals that you feel you can’t question at all?

Are there certain things that are not there anymore but you wish would come back?

We accept fictional and biographical work. Submissions can be written, short stories, poems, drawn, photo essays, made into a film, song, or installation. Please get in touch if you have a certain idea, but are not sure if it fits the topic or if the form will work.

TQU WANTS TO HIGHLIGHT VOICES THAT ARE AND HAVE OFTEN BEEN SILENCED. YOU’RE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT IF YOU HAVE NOT PUBLISHED ANYTHING BEFORE. SUBMISSION IS FREE OF CHARGE AND WE ACCEPT UP TO THREE SUBMISSIONS PER PERSON.

Reprints are okay, so are anonymous submissions. 

Call for submissions is open until December 31st, 2019.

Submission form

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You can also submit via email.

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Transnational Queer Underground brings together and supports diverse queer voices. Art, music, film, writing or activism – we believe that we’re all in this together and we can only grow strong if we support each other.

If you find joy and value here – let us know.

Donating = Loving

Make a donation so that we can continue to find and publish the most interesting queer perspectives for you.

Support queer art & activism ❤︎

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