Submissions are due by April 1st, 2021 at 11:59pm EST
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Issue 9 - Awakening
Deadline: April 1st, 2021
Issue 10 - Hot Queer Summer #2
Deadline: August 1st, 2021
Issue 11 - TBD
Deadline: October 15th, 2021
Inspiration for this Issue (aka "themes")
(Not to be entirely confused with the controversial celebration of a patriarchal take on sexuality that is "Spring Awakening")
Springtime brings us a reawakening of the earth and nature. The return of sun and warmth and breeze primes our bodies for lust and mating. We are not immune to our animal desires. We do not get to choose to be separate from the earth.
Flowers and bodies and ideas in bud or bloom. Things that have been dormant and frozen in the long winter burst forward with life.
This issue calls for creations of life and living. Nature and lust. Pastels and earth tones. Bodies in movement, stillness, orgasm, exploration, and more.
For musicians/film creators:
UnBound is currently experimenting with ways to include video, audio, and gif formats in conjunction with UnBound Zine and other projects. If you would like to help us as we explore these options, please feel free to submit your work to us!
Not sure about something?
These themes are here as a guide, not an absolute blueprint or restriction of your work. You're free to interpret the issue themes and incorporate them into your work at your own discretion. If you are unsure whether your work meshes with the theme OR you have content you would like us to consider (such as music or video files), pitch us your ideas or submit your fully crafted and complete works.
If you have questions, concerns, or comments, please reach out to us at email@example.com.
We currently accept LIMITED submissions from cismen (individuals assigned "male" at birth who also identify as "men"). We aren't here to be the gender police, but we also don't take too kindly to folks who try to bullshit us about this. You can be cool about it or you can complain about it. Doesn't change our policies.
Dimensions for visual art/images: our pages are 8.5 in width x 11 in height and may appear in browsers as a 2-page spread (17in W x 11in H - landscape). Please limit to no more than 8-10 smaller works or no more than four 17 x 11 works.
We do accept works with transparent backgrounds.
Written submissions: .docx or google docs only. please limit to no more than 3500 words for fiction and no more than 4 poems. We also accept nonfiction and articles of higher word counts on a case-by-case basis. If your written work will exceed this limitation (such as short stories or novel excerpts) please consider submitting your work as a series, a link on our resources page, or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*In accordance with copyright compliance, we are unable to use custom fonts unless you are the sole owner and creator of said font.
What to Send
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Please submit all work via Google Forms here
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Please email with any questions
racist, sexist, xenophobic, homophobic, ableist, or other works targeting specific groups of people will not be accepted. If you will be using content that features slurs or other degrading words/imagery and you are not sure if it will be acceptable under our terms, don't hesitate to email with any questions. We understand artistic freedom and respect groups' rights to reclaim and repurpose words that have been meant to hurt and oppress them, but bigotry doesn't really pass the vibe check.
WHY DO WE HAVE TO SAY THIS: do NOT under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES email us artwork depicting abuse of a child or animals. We will permanently ban you and your works from ever appearing in our publication, blog, or social pages. Depending on the severity/content, we may also report you to the authorities.
All written works will be subject to editing/proofreading. If your writing is illegible, contains majority errors, or would strain our editing calendar, we reserve the right to deny your submission or request that you regroup for the next issue (we make exceptions for language barriers/if English is not your first language just let us know!). However, if you disagree vehemently with any edits made, you may opt-out of the submission process at any time. We will only kind of take it personally.