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:


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We accept the following unpublished unsolicited submissions: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 send one submission during each reading period.
  • We do not accept previously published material.
  • If you've recently appeared in the journal, please wait two reading periods (1 yr) to submit again.
  • 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! Reach our production manager, Miah Jeffra, at fabulous@foglifterpress.com. (All other submissions, please use the applicable form below.)

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

  • The Community Assistant assists the Community Manager in the successful planning and execution of social media campaigns. They schedule social media posts on Later, assist in crafting engaging and exciting captions for Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and collaborate with the Community Manager to develop content ideas and design for social media campaigns. The Community Assistant aggregates ongoing contributor surveys for social media post creation. They also assist in gathering assets/drafting content for our quarterly newsletter.

The estimated time commitment for this role is 5–7 hrs per week. It includes a yearly honorarium of $750.
Residence is the San Fransisco Bay Area is not required, but would be ideal.
Multi-marginalized individuals are encouraged to apply.

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

The Development Assistant is responsible for supporting the Development Director in much of their work. 

  • They conduct grant research, delivering new prospects to the Development Director. 
  • They review grant applications and guidelines and attend foundation webinars alongside the Development Director. 
  • They assist the Development Director in drafting and editing grant narratives. 
  • And they prepare supplementary materials for grant applications and reports.

The estimated time commitment for this role is 5–7 hrs per week. It includes a yearly honorarium of $750.
Residence is the San Fransisco Bay Area is not required but would be ideal.
Multi-marginalized individuals are encouraged to apply.

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: 

  • Gabriele Christian
  • Chekwube Danladi
  • Reid Gomez

Eligibility:

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



Manuscript Details:

  • Prose—fiction, nonfiction, graphic novel, hybrid, cross-genre (and ​anything that falls under the prose genre that isn't listed here—we want your wild experiments!)
  • 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, 2021
  • Results Announced: March 2022
  • Chapbook Release: Fall 2022


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

This issue's guest poetry editor is Mimi Tempestt (she/they). Mimi is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and daughter of California. She has a MA in Literature from Mills College, and is currently a doctoral student in the Creative/Critical PhD in Literature at UC Santa Cruz. Her first book, the monumental misrememberings, is published with Co-Conspirator Press//The Feminist Center for Creative Work (2020). She was chosen as a finalist in the Creative Nonfiction Prize for Indiana Review in 2020, and is a creative fellow at The Ruby in San Francisco. She was selected for participation in the Lambda Literary Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices & writers in 2021. Her works can be found in Foglifter, Apogee Journal, Interim Poetics, and The Studio Museum in Harlem.

Foglifter aims to reflect the vibrant diversity of the LGBTQ+ literary community in our award-winning journal. Fill out the anonymized Demographics Survey linked here to be considered for publication—your responses help us ensure that we are serving our community!

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.

This issue's guest fiction editor is K-Ming Chang (she/her). K-Ming is a Kundiman fellow, a Lambda Literary Award finalist, and a National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree. She is the author of the New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice novel BESTIARY (One World/Random House, 2020), which was longlisted for the Center for Fiction First Novel Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award. In 2021, her chapbook BONE HOUSE was released by Bull City Press. Her short story collection, GODS OF WANT, is forthcoming from One World on July 10, 2022.

Foglifter aims to reflect the vibrant diversity of the LGBTQ+ literary community in our award-winning journal. Fill out the anonymized Demographics Survey linked here to be considered for publication—your responses help us ensure that we are serving our community!

Nonfiction:

  • 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.

Hybrid/Drama:

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

This issue's guest nonfiction and hybrid editor is Dez Deshaies (he/him). Dez is a writer, game designer, and youth advocate from Chicago. His writing has appeared in Foglifter, The Heartland Review, Menacing Hedge, and elsewhere. His multimedia/games work has been exhibited at the Orlando Museum of Art and the Adler Planetarium. Currently, he's at work on a novel about boy bands. He is on Instagram and Twitter @dezdeshaies.

Foglifter aims to reflect the vibrant diversity of the LGBTQ+ literary community in our award-winning journal. Fill out the anonymized Demographics Survey linked here to be considered for publication—your responses help us ensure that we are serving our community!

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