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Southern Fried Queer Pride is excited to announce the call for submissions for our first literary mag/zine, KUDZU.

KUDZU seeks to uplift and centralize the unique experiences and culture of Southern queer and trans folks. This mag/zine envisions what community can look like when Southern queer and trans folks have the space to share our stories, lives, pain, love, and bodies on our own terms.

The theme of our first issue will be “SOUTHERN QUEERNESS.” According to The Williams Institute, thirty-five percent of the queer and trans population in the US make their home in the South. KUDZU seeks original, unpublished work that grapples with what it means to be a queer and/or trans person living, loving, creating, and persevering in the South. Submissions can be, but are not limited to:

  • Prose, short essays (up to 2000 words)

  • Journalistic essays (up to 2000 words)

  • Interviews, spotlight features, event coverage (up to 2000 words)

  • Poetry (up to 3 poems)

  • Photos/selfies (high resolution 150-300dpi)

  • Paintings, collages, sculpture, other mixed media (must include artist statement and be photographed or otherwise documented for print)

All submission files must be in .doc, .docx, JPEG, or PNG format. Please include a short bio with your cover letter as a separate document from your submission.

Send your submission as an attachment with title, legal name/pseudonym, mailing address, and email address to: contact@southernfriedqueerpride.com. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis until January 31st, 2018. Please allow 2 weeks from time of submission to receive a response. Please notify us as soon as possible should you need to withdraw your submission for any reason.

Payment: $50 and 3 copies KUDZU within 30 days of publication.

KUDZU is a project grounded in the very same principles of SFQP. We seek work deep fried in liberation and soaked in the oils of our forequeers of the Compton Cafeteria Riots, the Stonewall Riots, ACT UP, and the many radical uprisings of years past. Please submit works based on your own experiences that are anti-oppressive.