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 writing we love here, here, and here!


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We accept the following unpublished unsolicited submissions: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 prose (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 send one submission during each reading period.
  • We do not accept previously published material.
  • Contributors receive two copies of the issue in which they appear and a $25 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!

In response to rapid gentrification and displacement of QTBIPOC+ literary artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in celebration of these communities’ revolutionary history, Foglifter Press, RADAR Productions, and Still Here San Francisco are pleased to announce Start a Riot!—a chapbook series for local emerging queer and trans black writers, indigenous writers, and writers of color. Each year, the prize will honor one author with chapbook publication, a $1,000 prize, and promotion, as well as a spot on the Sister Spit tour.

Judges: 

  • tanea lunsford lynx
  • Venita Blackburn
  • Tina Bartolome
     

Eligibility: 

  • Submitter is a QTBIPOC+ literary artist
  • Submitter is a current resident of the larger San Francisco Bay Area
  • Submitter does not have a previous full-length publication in their submission genre


Manuscript Details: 

  • Fiction, nonfiction, or graphic novel
  • 25 pages (maximum)
  • Remove all identifying information, including acknowledgements. There should be one title page with the name of the chapbook only.
  • Microsoft Word doc preferred, PDF also accepted

 

Important Dates:
 

  • Submissions: September 1 to November 1, 2020
  • Results Announced: March 2021
  • Chapbook Release: Fall 2021

In response to rapid gentrification and displacement of QTBIPOC+ literary artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, and in celebration of these communities’ revolutionary history, Foglifter Press, RADAR Productions, and Still Here San Francisco are pleased to announce Start a Riot!—a chapbook series for local emerging queer and trans black writers, indigenous writers, and writers of color. Each year, the prize will honor one author with chapbook publication, a $1,000 prize, and promotion, as well as a spot on the Sister Spit tour.


Judges: 

  • Anastacia Renee
  • librecht baker
  • K-Ming Chang


 Eligibility: 

  • Submitter is a QTBIPOC+ literary artist
  • Submitter is a current resident of the larger San Francisco Bay Area
  • Submitter does not have a previous full-length publication in their submission genre


Manuscript Details: 

  • Poetry or hybrid
  • 25 pages (maximum)
  • Remove all identifying information, including acknowledgements. There should be one title page with the name of the chapbook only.
  • Microsoft Word doc preferred, PDF also accepted


Important Dates:

  • Submissions: September 1 to November 1, 2020
  • Results Announced: Spring 2021
  • Chapbook Release: Fall 2021

Send three to five poems for consideration. Please include all poems in a single Word document (and put the titles of your poems, separated by commas, in the title field).

The guest poetry editor for this issue is TC Tolbert, who was published in Volume 4 Issue 2, and subsequently won 2021 Pushcart Prize for the poem "untitled." I like walking up a mountain more than walking down; on the Enneagram, I'm a 1; I'm also a Capricorn; learning is infinitely more interesting to me than knowing (and scarier, too); along with my partner, I am wildly blessed to have two pit bulls who are willing to cuddle any time day or night; I am white; I was born and raised a girl in Hixson, TN as a speaking-in-tongues Pentecostal and I eventually came out as queer, feminist, anti-racist, and trans-masc; I wrestle-duet with these complicated and often contrasting social geographies every day; I never cease to experience a simultaneous horror and deep love any time I pay attention to the world. If you want to learn more about my writing, teaching, or collaborations, here's my website.

Please send a single Word document with up to 7500 words of fiction (up to three flash fiction pieces). Make sure it is in standard double-spaced formatting and a font that we don't need a microscope to read.

The guest fiction editor for this issue is Milo Todd, who is forthcoming in Volume 5 Issue 2. Milo Todd’s (he/him) fiction focuses on trans and queer history, with additional works on the trans experience and the trans body. His fiction has appeared in Foglifter, Home is Where You Queer Your Heart (Foglifter Press), and Emerge: The 2019 Lambda Fellows Anthology (Lambda Literary Press). His other works have appeared on Writer Unboxed, Dead Darlings, GrubWrites, and Everyday Feminism, among others. He was selected as a 2019 Lambda Literary Fellow in Fiction for his novel SNUFF and received a fellowship to attend the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. He is an alum of GrubStreet’s Novel Incubator Program, where he received a Pechet Fellowship for his novel THE FALCON OF DOVES. Milo has presented regularly at the Boston Book Festival and The Muse & The Marketplace. He curates Writing Beyond Binaries, a panel series celebrating trans and nonbinary writers’ experiences in various stages of their careers. Milo currently teaches writing at GrubStreet and he consults on fiction manuscripts and transgender inclusion in the classroom. Learn more about Milo at his website.

Please send a single Word document with up to 7500 words of nonfiction (up to three flash nonfiction pieces). Make sure it is in standard double-spaced formatting and a font that we don't need a microscope to read.

The guest nonfiction and hybrid editor for this issue is Natasha Dennerstein, who was published in our very first issue, Volume 1 Issue 1 as well as Volume 2 Issue 1. Natasha Dennerstein (she/her) was born in Melbourne, Australia. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University. Natasha has had poetry published in many journals internationally. Her collections Anatomize (2015), Triptych Caliform (2016) and her novella-in-verse About a Girl (2017) were published by Norfolk Press in San Francisco. Her trans chapbook Seahorse (2017) was published by Nomadic Press in Oakland. She lives in Oakland, California, where she is an editor at Nomadic Press and works at St James Infirmary, a clinic for sex-workers in San Francisco. She was a 2018 Fellow of the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat. Learn more about Natasha at her website.

Send up to 20 pages of cross-genre work or text-image hybrids. (PDFs are accepted in this category.)

The guest nonfiction and hybrid editor for this issue is Natasha Dennerstein, who was published in our very first issue, Volume 1 Issue 1 as well as Volume 2 Issue 1. Natasha Dennerstein (she/her) was born in Melbourne, Australia. She has an MFA from San Francisco State University. Natasha has had poetry published in many journals internationally. Her collections Anatomize (2015), Triptych Caliform (2016) and her novella-in-verse About a Girl (2017) were published by Norfolk Press in San Francisco. Her trans chapbook Seahorse (2017) was published by Nomadic Press in Oakland. She lives in Oakland, California, where she is an editor at Nomadic Press and works at St James Infirmary, a clinic for sex-workers in San Francisco. She was a 2018 Fellow of the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat. Learn more about Natasha at her website.

Send up to 20 pages of drama. (PDFs are accepted in this category.)

We are always on the lookout for great cover art. If you have something that speaks to Foglifter's aesthetic and mission, please send it our way.


Note that we accept work in this category on a rolling basis.

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