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

Foglifter welcomes daring and thoughtful queer work, 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!


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) 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We accept the following unpublished unsolicited submissions: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!

It has often been a matter of survival to leave home and a matter of thriving to make it anew. LGBTQ+ people have a tradition of creating “logical” homes, to borrow Armistead Maupin’s term, when biological families, and therefore the states and territories that legitimize them, have failed to recognize, accept, and protect us. Yes, liberation movements have led to progress, to gay rights, however, with our changing economies, environment, and technologies, what was more equitable then is less so now. How do queer writers negotiate feelings of home when their nation has further precluded them from a place of comfort?

Narratives of departure and arrival have chronicled the formation of present-day communities built on radical acts of queer homemaking. Coastal cities like New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco are queer sites in our imaginary, but what if such places are inaccessible—you can’t make it there, you’ve been priced out or displaced, or you’re homeless? Because home is not “where you’re from, it’s where you’re at,” says rapper Rakim, we’re reminded of the mental and spiritual energies we harness to be present in the here and now. How are the conditions of the times affecting the way we make and write about home?

Foglifter Press is looking for the variant ways queer writers are exploring these questions and themes of home for an anthology to be released during the 11th hour of the 2020 Presidential election. We seek poets, essayists, storytellers, and writers delving within and in between these spaces. We are especially excited for work that experiments with form in relation to themes of home. Most importantly, we are not interested in a particular style. In fact, we desire to show how complicated these questions of home can be—we celebrate the multiplicity of definition with this anthology. 

  • Prose: up to 8000 words, or 3 flash pieces (under 1000 words)
  • Poetry: up to 5 poems, any length
  • Hybrid: up to 20 pages, in any combination of form, including text-image work

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.

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

Ends on November 1, 2019

Please send a single Word document with up to 7500 words of prose (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.

Ends on November 1, 2019

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).

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