THE PLACES THAT NEVER BARRED US

Dear readers, we’re five weeks away from the most crucial presidential election of our lifetimes. Simultaneously there seems to be a never ending tsunami of police-inspired violence against people of color. With no lack of regard for either of those topics, I’m going to use my once-a-month blog space here on Women and Words to announce an important book project and invite writers to participate. If you have a short story, an essay, or a poem (related to the subject matter at hand) living within you, consider committing your thoughts to paper/the screen and submitting it as per our directions.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

TITLE: HAPPY HOURS – OUR LIVES IN THE GAY BARS

STORY CURATORS: S. Renee Bess and Lee Lynch

PUBLISHER: Flashpoint Productions

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 1, 2017

WORD COUNT LIMIT (PROSE): 5,000

The days and nights following the massacre at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, we listened as various spokespersons attempted to explain to the general public exactly what the gay bar/club meant to LGBTQI people. We heard the words “safe place,” “refuge,” “free to be ourselves.”

Some of us posted pain-filled messages on the social networks. Others took the time to remember past experiences and write about them. All of us thought about the significance of having places to go where we didn’t have to hide who we were.

You are invited to create a piece of work that explores the role the gay bar’s culture has played in your life or in the lives of LGBTQI people in general. Your work may be either fiction or non-fiction/essay/memoir. It can be prose or poetry. Your work must be original and not previously published. Please note that we are not looking for erotica at this time.

Understand how much we value diversity and inclusion. We hope to receive pieces from writers who represent various generations and a variety of nationalities and ethnicities. We are determined to include work written by women of color as well as by white authors.

If you wish to send us a submission, it must be presented in MS Word, Times New Roman, 12 pt. font. Send it as an attachment in an email to both S. Renee Bess: levrb1 AT aol DOT com and Lee Lynch: greenhat66 AT gmail DOT com.

In the subject line write: Bar Stories, Fiction, or

Bar Stories, Non-fiction, or

Bar Stories, Poetry

In the body of the email, please include the title of the submission, your full author’s name, your mailing address, and your telephone number.

Then attach your submission to the email.

If your work is accepted, we will send you a contract. You will receive a free copy of the anthology upon its publication. All royalties will be donated to two non-profit agencies that serve LGBTQI youth, the Attic Youth Center in Philadelphia, PA and the Ali Forney Center in New York City.

 

S. Renee Bess is the author of LEAVE OF ABSENCE, BREAKING JAIE, RE:BUILDING SASHA, THE BUTTERFLY MOMENTS, and THE RULES. Her website,  www.reneebess.com, desperately needs to be updated, but she invites you visit it in its present state.

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