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As the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus presents Southeast Asian Queer Cultural Festival 2021: Be/Longings, we are looking for works of short fiction from South East Asia that reclaim indigenous magic and LGBTQIA+ identity for an aspirational anthology of both emancipation and belonging. Growing up colonized and queer means many of us prayed to be someone other than our true selves. This anthology wants to speculate at a time and space where our native societies welcomed our identities and placed us among those whose spirits are tied more closely to nature and our ancestors.

Both indigenous magic and LGBTQIA+ identities were vilified in recent history by the assertions of the patriarchy and colonialism. This anthology seeks to assert that the LGBTQIA+ identities have always had roots within the South East Asian cultures as manifested by its deep roots in faith, tradition, hearth wisdom, and mysticism. Meaning to say, a thoroughly researched story might come off as exoticized and not be as representative of South East Asian LGBTQIA+ identity as something pulled from one’s own neighborhood folk stories and urban legends.

Submissions of short stories between 1000 to 5000 words should be e-mailed as .docx attachments to sea.wing.anthology@gmail.com with a cover letter in the body of the email until December 1, 2020.

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Growing up colonized and queer means many of us prayed to be someone other than our true selves. This anthology wants to speculate at a time and space where our native societies welcomed our identities and placed us among those whose spirits are tied more closely to nature and our ancestors.

Eligibility

South East Asian writers are eligible. By South East Asian writers, we refer to writers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam as well as writers across the globe with lineage from those countries.

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Format

Submissions must be MSWORD (.docx) attachments, double spaced in Times New Roman font 12.
Short stories between 1000 to 5000 words.
Short stories must be in English; we encourage writers and translators to use local versions/dialects of English in their stories. Stories may also be English translations from another language; the translator is responsible for securing permissions from the author, if it is not a self-translation. Words in the mother tongue will not be italicized, though accent marks to distinguish them from homographs in English are helpful.
The Subject line must read “Submission_SEA_Wing_Author’s Name”
On the body please include an author bio of 150 words or less. Only one submission will be considered from each writer.
Special consideration will be given to represent writers of each South East country and gender identity. Please state in your cover letter your country of origin and how you would place yourself in the identity spectrum.
We also acknowledge that in many places in South East Asia, being LGBTQIA+ comes with certain risks, people who wish to remain anonymous may submit under a pseudonym.
Previously published work in print or online may be considered but the author is responsible for securing written permission from the original publisher. Simultaneous submissions will be considered but please inform us immediately if the story is accepted elsewhere.

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Compensation

A modest honorarium of 30 USD will be paid to contributors via PayPal (only) for non-exclusive rights. Copyright of each work will remain with the author. The anthology will be distributed and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 International License.

This Anthology will be distributed for free online.

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Deadline for Submissions [UPDATED]

Submissions of short stories between 1000 to 5000 words should be e-mailed as .docx attachments to sea.wing.anthology@gmail.com with a cover letter in the body of the email until December 15, 2020

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