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Queer monsters anthology: call for submissions

By Arsenal Pulp Date: March 18, 2021

Editors David Ly (Mythical Man) and Daniel Zomparelli (Everything Is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person) are looking for submissions of poetry and short fiction for a new anthology dedicated to the queerness of monsters, to be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in fall 2022.

Monsters in pop culture have become LGBTQIA2S+ icons over time, and queer writers have long infused them into their work. The Babadook, Pennywise, Ursula, Freddy Krueger, King Kong, Medusa, witches, demons, and more have been queered to different degrees since their inception, and this anthology aims to showcase this and all things monsters. 

Daniel and David are looking for poems and short stories that subvert the horror gaze, allowing writers and readers to celebrate monsters that have once been feared, and even question who the real monsters are and what makes something horrific or monstrous.

They want writing that explores the impact and meaning of monsters to you. Submissions don’t need to revolve around or be about a famous monster. Poems can be funny, poignant, or scary, or odes to your favourite monster (or ones we may not know about!). Stories can be about real or imagined monsters, demons, and/or witches with a queer bent. 

Contributors will receive an honorarium and a copy of the book.

Guidelines:

Poetry: up to three poems, or three pages of poetry (whichever comes first)
Fiction: stories between 1,000 and 5,000 words. No fan fiction.

Contributors must be LGBTQIA2S+.

Send submissions to mymonsterwriting@gmail.com, with a subject line of either POETRY or FICTION. Please ensure documents are sent as Word attachments (no PDFs, please). We can’t wait to read your monstrous stories and poems!

DEADLINE: May 15, 2021

About the Editors:

David Ly is the author of the poetry collection Mythical Man (Palimpsest Press/Anstruther Books) and the chapbook Stubble Burn (Anstruther Press). His poetry has appeared in PRISM international, Arc Poetry Magazine, The /temz/ Review, carte blanche, and elsewhere. He is the poetry editor of This Magazine and sits on the editorial collective of Anstruther Press. In 2020, the CBC named David on their annual Writers to Watch list.

Daniel Zomparelli is the founder of Poetry Is Dead magazine and co-creator of the Can’t Lit podcast. He is the author of Davie Street Translations (Talonbooks) and Rom Com (Talonbooks) co-written with Dina Del Bucchia. His first collection of short stories, Everything Is Awful and You’re a Terrible Person (Arsenal Pulp Press) was nominated for the 2018 Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize. He is an executive producer and host of the podcast I’m Afraid That, produced with Little Everywhere.