Are you a creative writer, journalist, political or social commentator with an interest in LGBTQI issues? A queer fashion designer, make-up artist, or hairdresser? An LGBTQI relationship guru, fitness guru, or health care provider?
Are you an artist or entertainer with an interest in illuminating LGBTQI lives and concerns? Are you a queer person of any background or persuasion who wants to talk about the experiences that shaped your life or the issues that matter to you?
Are you ready to get published? We are seeking your work.
Q-zine will feature articles, news, editorials, fashion shoots, art pieces, reviews and creative writing on a wide range of topics directly relevant to the lives and experiences of sexual minority communities and their allies in Africa.
Q-zine is a bilingual (English and French) quarterly online magazine by, for and about sexual minority communities in Africa. We aim to provide an inspiring and creative outlet for queer Africans to celebrate, debate and explore the creativity and cultural richness of queer life in Africa.
Q-zine’s overall goal is to encourage African sexual minority communities to decide for themselves how they should be represented in the media and popular culture. The first issue of Q-zine went online in September 2011.
WHAT Q-ZINE IS LOOKING FOR
- Features, opinion pieces and news on politics, human rights, and social issues
- Fiction, non-fiction (e.g. autobiographical essays, personal essays) and poetry
- Profiles and interviews of activists, writers, artists and other public figures
- Illustrations and cartoons
- Fashion, make-up and hairstyle shoots
- Book and art reviews
- TV, movie and music reviews
- Reviews of queer-friendly bars, restaurants, resorts and hot spots in your community or in places you’ve visited.
HOW TO SUBMIT TO Q-ZINE
1. All work must be original, unpublished and accompanied with a cover letter including a short biography of the author with contact information. Please include word count at the top your piece.
2. Fashion, make up and hairstyle shoots should be in colour. They should include the name of the designer, the models, the make-up artist and photographer. Please provide a short description of the work, your contact address (including Facebook page), boutique address and prices of your work.
3. Submissions may be in English or French.
4. All written content should be submitted as Word (.doc) files. All images should be submitted as TIFF or JPG files with a resolution of 100 ppi.
5. Q-zine is accepting submissions for the following sections and formats:
News & Politics
Word count: 500-600 words
Arts, Culture, & Entertainment
Word count: 500-600 words
Fashion, make-up and hairstyle shoots should be in colour. They should include the name of the designer, the models, the make-up artist and photographer. Provide a short description of the work, your contact address (including Facebook page), website, boutique address and prices of your work.
Illustrations, paintings, cartoons and photography on any LGBTQI-related theme are welcome. Each image should have a caption (max. 100 words) commenting on the work. In the case of photos the location and date should also be given.
Short stories and poetry: Max 1,000 words
Word count: 1,000-1,200 words
Commentary & Editorials
Word count: 400-500 words
Material should be submitted using Q-zine’s online submission form, which can be accessed via the Queer African Youth Networking Centre (QAYN) http://www.gayn-center.org/call-for-submissions
If you cannot access the online submission form, you may also email your submissions to the Lead Editor at: email@example.com Or to Mariam Armisen @firstname.lastname@example.org