SUBMISSIONS OPEN MAY 1st -JUNE 14th. Email email@example.com for any inquiries.
I am seeking poems written by self-identified lesbians+queer women+nonbinary sapphics for my BFA thesis illustration project: OPENHEARTED.
The book will be roughly 80-100 full-color pages and organized into three parts: childhood, adolescence, and adulthood + beyond. Openhearted will first be presented as a soft-cover artist's prototype in December of 2019 to meet my graduation criteria. After this, I will begin the next steps to making this book real, be it DIY or through a publisher.
WHAT IS THE PROJECT?:
The poems will be used as a way to create a broader narrative about exploring the many experiences of being a sapphic person. It is aimed to present a diverse range of experiences all dealing with concepts of growth and understanding oneself. I want to do right by my younger self, desperately needing lesbian representation but never able to find something in media that I could relate to. Hopefully, my art and your poetry are going to be what fills that void for someone else.
In addition to the poems submitted, I'll be including works by Sappho, Wu Tsao, Akiko Yosano, Angelina Weld Grimké, Amy Lowell, and more!
The book’s images will be my own interpretations of each poet’s work with additional historical or cultural context when applicable. The book will be a collection of richly emotional and vibrant illustrations of lesbian life.
HOW IT WORKS:
- Submit a .jpg, .pdf or .doc of your poem (please format as you wish it would be displayed in the book: for reference, each page will be 8”x10”) to firstname.lastname@example.org .
- Additionally, if there's any context you'd like me to know please send me a sentence or two about yourself (such as your history, gender identity, race, or background info that is relevant to the poem). I will keep this in mind when sketching the layouts - this helps make the book more diverse and inclusive!!! ***
- I will send out acceptance emails when I choose the poems, along with a usage contract: basically, I can't use poems that you have published somewhere else, and I will pay a stipend of $50 per author which I will source from a crowdfunding campaign initiated in early 2020.
- ***I especially encourage submissions from people of color, transfeminine people, nonbinary and genderqueer people, neurodivergent people, and people of all body types in order to reflect the diversity seen in the lesbian community and celebrate the importance of underrepresented voices. This is an opportunity for us to collaborate and share what you wish others could see about your experience. I am committed to making this book as intersectional and respectful as I can. Your voices are so, so important right now!
As I am a soon-to-be college grad creating this 100+ page book by myself, I cannot offer payment up front like most open calls. However, I want to ensure that all contributors receive payment for their works. I will get the resources to fund the author stipends through Kickstarter, Gumroad purchases, or (maybe) having it picked up by a publisher!!! I would never use your writing in ways that are not agreed upon in the usage contract and respect your work.
I also will use a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest.
The initial artistic creation phase of this project will end in December, after which point I will begin to promote the project and get it funded! I’d be honored if you would like to go on this journey with me.
This will hopefully be a wild ride and I can't wait to start this process!