Micah, at NeutroisNonsense, made an exciting announcement a couple of weeks ago: Â Transgress Press had chosen them to be the co-editor on an anthology entitled Letters For My Siblings. Â Here’s some info, for more look to Micah’s post.
Deadline:Â February 1, 2014
Word Limit: 2500
Publisher:Â Transgress Press
The Lambda Literary FinalistÂ Letters for My BrothersÂ asked transsexual men to pass on to their pre-transitionÂ selves any important advice that they had as post-transition men. Â In Letters for My Siblings, we wish toÂ capture short pieces of a similar spirit from people who areÂ non-binary, genderqueer, gender non-conforming,Â bigender, agender, or who simply donâ€™t fit nicely into the boxes of â€œmanâ€ and â€œwomanâ€.
What To Write
Your submission should be betweenÂ 500 and 2500Â words and address one or more of the prompts below.
(Not all prompts will apply to all writers. Â Your submission should be about your own lived experience â€”Â please avoid delving too far into the theoretical, or making broad generalizations about any group (even one that you belong to).
- What does it mean to transition as a non-binary identified person? How have you transitioned medically,Â legally, socially, or otherwise, and why? Â Has your transition been an important part of your identity and/orÂ experience? Â How and why?
- Where do you fit in the larger trans* community? Â Have you found friendship and connection among otherÂ trans* people, binary or non-binary? Â Have you encountered discrimination or resistance to your identityÂ within the trans* community?
- Have you been able to find or create language to describe your gender/experience? Â Are you intentionalÂ about using (or NOT using) particular words for your gender / experience? Â Why do you use (or not use) these?
- How has your non-binary identity intersected with other parts of your identity, such as your race, class,Â ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, physical ability/disability, or age? Are there times when these otherÂ parts of your identity come in conflict with your gender? Â If so, how do you manage these conflicts?
- What do you like about being non-binary? What is your biggest frustration? How do you navigate a world setÂ up only for men and women?
- Who are your mentors? Who has guided you on your journey / transition? Â Who do you look up to?
- What advice would you give to genderqueer/gender non-conforming/non-binary people who are at theÂ beginning of their journey?
And as you might have guessed, I am definitely going to work on a piece to submit for this.
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