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PROUD LGBTQ+ Anthology
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Posted On 2018-02-13 15:50:10 |  Last Update 2018-02-13 15:50:10 |  Read 15083 times | 0 Comments

We are thrilled to announce that in March 2019, Stripes will publish PROUD, an anthology of short stories and poetry for young adults written by LGBTQ+ authors. Author and activist Juno Dawson will curate the anthology and write the foreword. Contributors will include established writers: Dean Atta, Fox Benwell, Caroline Bird, Tanya Byrne, Moïra Fowley-Doyle, Simon James Green, David Levithan, and Jess Vallance, alongside as yet undiscovered new talents.


Contributors to PROUD have been asked to produce a piece of original fiction responding to the theme of ‘pride’ however they are inspired to do so, showcasing pieces varying in style and genre. The overall feeling is to be one of celebration. Our aim is to increase visibility for LGBTQ+ teen readers, and to share their stories with the supportive YA community at large.

Open Submission for Unpublished and Unagented Writers

We are also launching an open call for submissions from unpublished and unagented writers, with room for a number of new authors to be added to the line-up. We see this project as an opportunity to discover and nurture new LGBTQ+ writers. Our hope is that the anthology will launch several long and successful careers, as has been the case with previous anthologies I’ll Be Home For Christmas and A Change Is Gonna Come. Stripes encourages authors under the extended LGBTQ+ umbrella, including those with intersectional minority experiences, to send in short stories interpreting the theme of ‘pride.’

Further to being published in PROUD, and marking the format of this anthology out from its predecessors, individual illustrations will be created in response to each story, with artists including best-selling illustrator David Roberts, graphic design illustrator and YouTuber Alex Bertie, illustrator and print maker Saffa Khan of Tender Hands Press and Adelaide-based fashion illustrator and creator of the Small Victories project, Leo Greenfield, already confirmed.

How to submit:

Any writer who is unagented and unpublished by a major publisher for a novel or single-author short-story collection, who identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community may submit a story for consideration.

Submissions must be made via email with PROUD SUBMISSION in the subject line. A word document or PDF of the story should be addressed to Rachel Boden and sent to editorial@stripespublishing.co.uk and the email should include: entrant’s name, address, telephone number, email address, the title of the story being submitted, the story’s word count and a short biography of the author including a brief reference to how the entrant identifies as part of the LGBTQ+ community. This personal information will not be shared publicly without the entrant’s permission.

Submissions must be complete short stories between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length, responding to the theme of ‘pride’, and must be written in the English language and be suitable for a Young Adult readership.

Submissions must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been previously published, in print or online, or broadcast, or won a prize in a writing competition. Submissions that are under consideration for publication elsewhere are not eligible.

Submissions will be read by the publishing team at Stripes, and a panel of judges. Stripes will contact successful authors to discuss publication of their story in PROUD. The panel will not comment on or give feedback on individual stories that are not selected for publication.

Successful authors will achieve publication in the anthology PROUD in paperback and eBook and payment of £150. Authors will retain copyright to their work, but Stripes Publishing will have exclusive worldwide publishing rights in all languages for three years, and non-exclusive rights to the same after the initial period has expired. Authors must agree to editorial corrections of their story before publication in the anthology. All changes will be subject to author approval.

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 30th March 2018 at midnight GMT.



Editorial Experience Opportunity for Aspiring LGBTQ+ Editor


Stripes is also offering the opportunity for an LGBTQ+ aspiring editor to shadow the book’s editor during the editorial process.

This opportunity is intended to give the successful applicant real insight into the editorial process and exposure to working with a commercial publisher. Applicants could be currently studying, or have recently graduated but must not currently be employed by a publisher, literary agency or consultancy.

Applicants must be over 18 and resident in the UK.

This is not an internship and is intended to fit around other commitments. The successful applicant will not be required to be physically present at the Stripes office on a daily basis, although they may be asked to come in for a small number of editorial meetings over the course of the process, for which Stripes will cover travel expenses.

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter explaining why they are interested in the opportunity and what makes them the best candidate to
editorial@stripespublishing.co.uk with PROUD SHADOW in the subject line.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 28th February 2018.

Best of luck, and thank you for your interest in #ProudBook




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