Black Inc. is calling for submissions to a new anthology, Growing Up Queer in Australia, to be published in 2019.
The anthology, which will be edited by Benjamin Law, will be aimed at general readers and high-school students.
The anthology is seeking submissions that deal with any aspect of growing up as a member of the queer (LGBTIQ) community: ‘We are looking for first-person pieces . . . in any manner, tone or style, but we are not looking for scholarly works. What we hope to receive is honest, original and personal nonfiction from people of all ages and backgrounds. We are particularly interested in pieces that defy, question or shed light on the stereotypes that currently exist about our vibrant extended community.’ Editor Benjamin Law says: ‘If in doubt, write the story you wish you’d read growing up.’
‘Part of the reason why Australia’s LGBTIQ story is fascinating is because you can’t pin it down. Our stories encompass so many experiences, and this anthology will only be successful if readers come out of it realising that as much as we have shared history and humanity, there’s no such thing as a definable queer experience in Australia.
‘I’m looking for stories that speak across generations, from queer elders and ’78-ers to Gen Z-ers currently at school. I want to read stories from people who didn’t come out of the closet until later in life and people who never had to come out, period. I’d especially love to hear from queer Australians who are disabled, Indigenous, non-Anglo and from migrant or refugee backgrounds.’
Black Inc. publisher Kirstie Innes-Will says she is ‘honoured to publish what will be a revealing snapshot of many different experiences of growing up queer’. ‘Storytelling has long been a vital aspect of the LGBTIQ community. Sharing our lived experiences with each other and with the wider community is powerful. For those in the process of coming out it can be transformative. I believe this anthology will be a invaluable contribution to that legacy.’
Submissions of between 1000 and 4000 words must be received by Friday, 1 September. For more information, click here.