call: shifting traditions

CALL: 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. You can submit your story at any time as we publish stories all year around. After July 31st we will simply shift to a different topic.

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

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage by Samuel Matteo SchloeglImages by the author. Edited for publication by Verena. 1. I feel like an impostor. 
 Maybe, a voice keeps whispering in the back of my head, maybe this is the last time. The last time they let you into their house at all. The...

The Cutter

The Cutter

The Cutter by AdibaImage provided by the author. Modified for publication by Verena.When I was eighteen, I was forced to roll dough every Saturday. A big circle of dough - thin enough to see the kitchen table’s fine grey cage pattern, or, as they say, “thin enough to...

Naa’hor Pa-at

Naa’hor Pa-at

by Chroma Chola // illustration by Marko Emigrantov_na Kvirenko /// A coffee cup lay on a stack of charts, its contents spiraling outwards. Computer screens nearby were beeping rapidly. One of the scientists picked up the coffee cup, emptied it in one gulp and wrote a report on his iPad.