On June 15, 2020, SFWP released a statement of change. Not a solidarity statement, but a commitment to do its part to diversify its catalog and online journal. We can't keep saying Black Lives Matter and only publish white people.
"Lazy and racist are the same thing if we keep pretending that the best way to support marginalized communities is to put out solidarity statements and pretend race doesn’t play a factor in publishing."
Keeping with this promise, the SFWP Quarterly Issue 26, released July 1, 2021, will only feature writers with disabilities, perceived or hidden, especially writers who also identify as writers of color, as part of the LGBTQ++ community, or both! In fact, every issue of 2021 will feature writers of intersecting marginalized identities.
We invite writers with disabilities, perceived or hidden, to submit their poetry, prose, and hybrid works for this issue. We especially encourage writers with disabilities who also identify as writers of color and/or as part of the LGBTQ++ community. We usually don't publish poetry, but we also usually don't publish more than 10 pieces per issue, and usual is what landed us here in the first place, right? (At SFWP, we believe that a disability doesn't have to be obvious or documented to exist. Whether you receive academic accommodations or government assistance for your disability, or simply live life differently due to its presence in your life, your experience is valid and it matters.)
Submission window: October 24, 2020 - May 31, 2021
(If you miss the deadline for this, just submit to one of the other issues! We're looking for diverse writers for the entire year!)
What do we mean by ownership? Think about buying a home or advocating for yourself. Quitting an unpaid internship or freeing enslaved people. Starting a nonprofit or finishing a project. Go as big as owning a nation to as precise as owning a pet. We believe in your imaginations.
What are we looking for:
- Poetry -- no more than 3 poems, any length, form, style, written in (mostly) English. No translations at this time. If you're unsure if your poems follow these guidelines, submit anyway.
- Prose -- no more than 5,000 words, any form, style, genre. We love science fiction, fantasy, literary journalism, memoir, personal essay, literary fiction, fractured fairy tales, retellings, written in (mostly) English. No translations at this time. If you're unsure if your prose follows these guidelines, submit anyway.
- Hybrid -- no more than 3,000 words, any form, style, genre, written (mostly) in English. No translations at this time. We love comics (graphic essays/short stories, poem comics, works that use illustration, etc.), choreopoems, and even ten-minute plays. If you're unsure if your submission follows these guidelines, submit anyway.
Collaborations welcome! (As long as all collaborators identify as living with a disability.)
Help us shift the landscape of the literary industry by bringing writers with disabilities to the forefront, and not because it's fashionable or the woke thing to do -- but because it's the just thing to do, the right thing to do, and honestly, the thing we want to do more than anything else.
Please send all questions regarding this issue to managing editor, Monica Prince at email@example.com, who, by the way, is a Black cis woman whose beloveds live with disabilities. Any harassing, racist, or violent messages will be deleted (or kept for potential investigation).