Calls for Submissions

Calls for Submissions

Important Update on Compensation

All submitters, please take note: as of 2020 we have changed our payment model. For all anthologies to be published after January 1, 2020, we will no longer be paying $5 per printed page. Instead we will be instituting a royalty system, whereby we share a book’s profits with all of that book’s contributors. Read more about this under Compensation below.

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Click on the call for submission below to go straight to its guidelines or scroll down to peruse them all.

Email us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com with any questions.

Editorial Feedback

Our Senior Editor Sage Kalmus is now offering Editorial Feedback on your submissions for a small fee.

Sage Kalmus is  Adjunct Faculty in Lesley University’s MFA in Creative  Writing Program, was published in The Writer Magazine, Spine Magazine, Sanctuary Anthology and others, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has been a full-time freelance writer, editor and ghostwriter for over 15 years.  

Read more/Order Editorial Feedback.

Note that ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE STILL FREE.

Compensation

Payment for writers and artists contributing to any anthologies will published will be a split of the net income from sales of that book with the publishers and other contributors, as follows:

Net income = Retail price – costs of printing and distribution

Printing and distribution costs vary depending on which of the two printers/distributors we use (Amazon & Ingram) processed the sale. 

Of the net income from each book, the Publishers will keep 50% and the other 50% will be split evenly among all the writers and artists who contributed work to the book. Generally, each of our anthologies have between 14 and 40 contributors. 

Because we are a tiny company, royalties will be calculated once per year on the anniversary of the book’s publication date and payments along with documentation of sales will be distributed within 30 days afterward. 

* Please note: If you have already submitted work to us for an upcoming anthology, and you wish to withdraw that piece from consideration due to this change in payment structure, just let us know.


Pan’s Ex²: Queer Sex Poetry

Deadline EXTENDED: December 31, 2019

Seeking erotic LGBTQ+ poetry for the follow-up to our first all-poetry series.

See full Pan’s Ex²: Queer Sex Poetry submission guidelines.


Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Volume 4

Deadline: January 31, 2020

Seeking fiction, non-fiction, poetry and scripts by & about LGBTQ+ people and lives for the fourth volume of our flagship publication.

See full Hashtag Queer submission guidelines.


Queer Theater series: LGBTQ+ Ten-Minute & One-Act Plays for Students & Adults/General Audiences

Deadline: February 28, 2020

Seeking ten-minute plays (10 pages) and one-act plays (15-30 pages) for students (grade, middle & high school), and ten-minute plays and one-act plays for adults & general audiences.

See full Queer Theater series submission guidelines.


Queer Youth: LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology

Deadline: March 31, 2020

Seeking short personal memoirs in prose, poetry and dramatic form up to 3,500 words (for prose) or 5 pages (for poetry or scripts) for our LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology written exclusively by and about young people, ages 17 and under (high school and under).  The only other rule is it must be a true life experience that happened to you.

See full Queer Youth submission guidelines.


Queer Around & Around the World: LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology

Deadline: April 30, 2020

Seeking short personal memoirs in prose, poetry and dramatic form up to 3,500 words for our third volume on the themes of travel, immigration and multiculturalism from a LGBTQ+ perspective.

See full Queer Around & Around the World submission guidelines.


Geek Out! III – Queer Pop Lit, Art & Ideas

Deadline: May 31, 2020

Seeking the following, up to 7,500 words (or 5 pages for art), from LGBTQ+ writers and artists:

  • Genre fiction (scifi, fantasy, western, romance, thriller, horror, etc.)
  • Nontraditional/experimental poetry
  • Creative nonfiction, opinion essays, topical articles and reviews (non-memoir)
  • Scripts for stage, screen or audio
  • Comics and graphic short stories
  • Visual Art

Whatever you geek out about, we want to see it.


Even More Queer Families: LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology

Deadline June 30, 2020

Seeking short personal memoirs in prose, poetry and dramatic form up to 3,500 words for our third volume on the theme of family from an LGBTQ+ perspective.

See full Even More Queer Families submission guidelines.


 

Funny Queer: LGBTQ+ Humor

Deadline EXTENDED to September 30, 2020

Are you a funny queer? Do people find you queerly hilarious? Prove it!

Seeking LGBTQ+ humor, be it fiction, nonfiction, poems, jokes, B&W comics — the only criteria is that it makes us laugh.

See full Funny Queer submission guidelines.


Queer Faith: LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology

Deadline: October 31, 2020

Seeking short personal memoirs in prose, poetry and dramatic form up to 3,500 words (for prose) and 5 pages (for poetry or scripts) for our first LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology on theme of religion and faith from a queer perspective. Positive portrayals preferred.

See full Queer Faith submission guidelines.


*VISUAL ART*

Ongoing

Seeking cover art for all books we publish and visual art for the interior of certain ones.

See full details on our calls for visual art.

*STANDALONE BOOKS*

Ongoing

Now open to submissions of completed, standalone works. Seeking all genres, lengths and formats. Must be by &/or about LGBTQ+. Must be previously unpublished and must be edited.

Full submission guidelines for standalone books.

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