Foglifter is a biannual compendium of the most dynamic, urgent queer and trans writing today. It’s a space where LGBTQ+ writers celebrate, mourn, rage, and embrace.


Foglifter welcomes daring and thoughtful work by queer and trans writers in all forms, and we are especially interested in cross-genre, intersectional, marginal, and transgressive work. We want the pieces that challenged you as a writer, what you poured yourself into and risked the most to make. But we also want your tenderest, gentlest work, what you hold closest to your heart. Whatever you're working on now that's keeping you alive and writing, Foglifter wants to read it.

What does that look like? Check out some writing we love from our recent issues:


Editorial Statement

We provide a path to representation for a broad selection of LGBTQ+ voices, centering queer and trans literary artists of color, youth, elders, and those beyond traditional LGBTQ+ cultural centers so that our readers and audiences can see their own experiences authentically represented through queer and trans literary arts.

We believe that queer and trans people must curate our own artistic discourses and we curate with a commitment to not perpetuate harm in our communities and recognize our responsibilities as editors to uplift the voices of queer and trans people while not punching down on those of us who live at the intersection of multiple oppressed identities.


Writers in Need Fund

Foglifter is excited to launch the Writers In Need fund to support sliding scale payments for our contributors. While we have been deeply fortunate to be able to compensate contributors for their important and incredible writing with a modest honorarium, Foglifter recognizes the many intersections of our queer and trans artistic communities, and that members of our community may be differently impacted by financial insecurity and historical disenfranchisement. This fund is an attempt to address those inequities. Please see the Submit page on our website for details. 


Guidelines

Title your submission with the title of the work(s) you are submitting (separated by commas).

Include a 50-word or less bio (with pronouns after your name, please!) in your cover letter. (If accepted, we will request an author photo; JPG or PNG files are best.)

We accept the following unpublished unsolicited submissions:

  • 3 to 5 poems
  • up to 7500 words of fiction or nonfiction (up to three flash fiction pieces)
  • up to 20 pages of cross-genre work, text-image hybrids, or drama

All submissions must be in one DOC or DOCX file. 

  • We accept simultaneous submissions; however, please withdraw your piece immediately if it is accepted elsewhere (or, if you only need to withdraw part of a submission, send us a message in Submittable).
  • Only one submission per genre is permitted.
  • We do not accept previously published material.
  • If we've recently accepted your work, please wait two reading periods (1 year) to submit again.
  • Contributors receive two copies of the issue in which they appear and a $50 honorarium (via PayPal).


Submission periods are:

  • March 1 to May 1 (Fall Edition)
  • September 1 to November 1 (Spring Edition)
  • We are always open for cover art! Reach our production manager, Jason Lipeles, at production@foglifterpress.com. (All other submissions, please use the applicable form below.)

Foglifter is looking to add a Digital Production Manager to our small, all-volunteer staff. The responsibilities are as follows:

  • The Digital Production Manager collaborates with the production team and the web team to design digital publications. They communicate with the Print Production Manager to consider how print and digital interact. They liaise with print/digital contributors, managing publication content; procuring bios, contracts, final agreements from contributors; and confirming final versions of pieces with contributors. They manage the copy-editing of digital publications. They deliver the final version to the web team. And they support the Print Production Manager with print publications.

This role requires familiarity with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign (access provided).

The estimated time commitment for this role is 2–4 hrs per week during non-production times, and 8–10 hrs during production times. It includes a yearly honorarium of $2,250. 

Residence is the San Francisco Bay Area is not required, but would be ideal. 

Multi-marginalized individuals are encouraged to apply.

Foglifter is looking for a Managing Hybrid/Nonfiction Editor for our small, all-volunteer staff. The responsibilities are as follows:

  • The Managing Genre Editor is responsible for managing and communicating with the hybrid/nonfiction team to ensure that each issue of Foglifter features excellent writing that represents the richness and breadth of our diverse queer literary community. To that end, they create editorial discussion frameworks that emphasize antiracist and decolonial practices, and facilitate editorial discussions to push for antiracist and decolonial lenses. They select a contributor to serve as a guest editor on their team during each reading period. They oversee hybrid/nonfiction solicitations, communicating with team members as to their progress during the reading period, updating/populating the Solicitations sheet in Drive, and planning ahead to ensure an appropriate number of solicitations for upcoming issues. They also manage genre-specific contest submissions—eliciting nominations from staff, organizing voting, and nominating our final choices for consideration. They set editorial timelines, organize decision meetings, and reject/accept all unsolicited work via Submittable at the end of the reading period. And, along with the other genre editors, they have a responsibility to supervise editorial interns, as necessary.

The estimated time commitment for this role is 7–10 hrs per week during reading periods, and 3–5 hrs outside of reading periods. It includes a yearly honorarium of $3,000.
Residence is the San Fransisco Bay Area is not required, but would be ideal.
Multi-marginalized individuals are encouraged to apply.

Foglifter is looking for a Managing Hybrid/Nonfiction Editor for our small, all-volunteer staff. The responsibilities are as follows:

  • The Managing Genre Editor is responsible for managing and communicating with the hybrid/nonfiction team to ensure that each issue of Foglifter features excellent writing that represents the richness and breadth of our diverse queer literary community. To that end, they create editorial discussion frameworks that emphasize antiracist and decolonial practices, and facilitate editorial discussions to push for antiracist and decolonial lenses. They select a contributor to serve as a guest editor on their team during each reading period. They oversee hybrid/nonfiction solicitations, communicating with team members as to their progress during the reading period, updating/populating the Solicitations sheet in Drive, and planning ahead to ensure an appropriate number of solicitations for upcoming issues. They also manage genre-specific contest submissions—eliciting nominations from staff, organizing voting, and nominating our final choices for consideration. They set editorial timelines, organize decision meetings, and reject/accept all unsolicited work via Submittable at the end of the reading period. And, along with the other genre editors, they have a responsibility to supervise editorial interns, as necessary.

The estimated time commitment for this role is 7–10 hrs per week during reading periods, and 3–5 hrs outside of reading periods. It includes a yearly honorarium of $3,000.
Residence is the San Fransisco Bay Area is not required, but would be ideal.
Multi-marginalized individuals are encouraged to apply.

Foglifter Press