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Asexuality and Pride

Amidst Pride Month 2018, The Asexual announces its upcoming issue on Asexuality and Pride, to be released October 1st, 2018. When ace people think of "pride," what unfortunately comes to be centered is the recurring exclusion of ace voices from queer pride, but how else may this concept of pride function in our lives? In a society that devalues how we experience intimacy, attraction, and connection, how do we as ace people feel pride or value in our identities? How do we express pride in our asexuality in a sexual world? Is expressing pride even important to you at all? Should it be? How do symbols, such as the ace flag, come to represent pride in your ace identity? Are symbols important to you in expressing pride? The Asexual welcomes submissions on this subject, both including analyses of ace exclusion or inclusion from queer pride/spaces as well as examinations of pride extending beyond this phenomenon.

Deadline: September 5th, 2018


WHAT TO SUBMIT:

On the above theme(s), The Asexual is currently accepting poetry, prose, fiction, nonfiction, personal essays, academic essays, abstract written pieces, and any other form of writing. The Asexual also accepts photography, recorded videos, music, speeches, recited poetry, sketches, drawings, paintings, comics, abstract artistic work, and any other form of visual and/or recorded media. 

Submissions can be under a pseudonym. Submissions can be in languages other than English.

FORMAT:

Poetry should be under 50 lines and all writing should be under 3,000 words (if you would like to submit a longer piece, please send an email to asexualjournal@gmail.com or a DM on Twitter prior to submission for confirmation). Please note that music or video submissions will not be included in the print edition of the journal. Instead, a link to these sources will be included in the print journal with your bio. You may also choose to include a description of the media.

If you are submitting written work, your submission should be in Microsoft Word or PDF format. If you are submitting images, your submission should be in .jpeg/.jpg, .png, .bmp, .gif, .tiff, or any widely-used image format. If you are submitting music or video, your submission should be in any widely-used audio or video format.

Also, you must include a short bio, 50-150 words written in 3rd person (this may include your location, how you identify, previous publications, education, any social media links or website links you would like to share, and more).

PUBLICATION:

  1. Your submission may undergo a short editing process. You have the choice for final approval.
  2. All publications are paid at the current rate of $2.50 for poems and $5.00 for essays/artwork/other, as per the most recently surpassed Patreon goal. Payments will be distributed electronically via Paypal following the publication of the issue online and in print. You may also choose to opt out of payment if you so wish.
  3. You retain copyright of your work upon publication.
  4. You agree to give The Asexual first serial/electronic and print rights, and electronic and print archival rights. You agree to allow your work to be published online and in print/physical release and to be promoted on any social media of The Asexual. You agree to allow your work to be available for download in PDF format and on the TheAsexual.com upon release for free as well as for purchase in physical format. You also agree that if the work is published subsequently, either online or in print, credit to The Asexual is provided.

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