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Looking for Southeast Asian queer stories

The stories that will qualify to “reclaim indigenous magic and LGBTQIA+ identity for an aspirational anthology” will be published in 2021.

Roel Hoang Manipon



The ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, a regional organization of human rights defenders and LGBTQ+ advocates in Southeast Asia, is calling for short stories that “reclaim indigenous magic and LGBTQIA+ identity for an aspirational anthology” to be published in 2021.

The fiction anthology aims to speculate at a time and space where native societies welcomed LGBTQ+ identities and placed them among those whose spirits are tied more closely to nature and our ancestors.

The project is part of its Southeast Asian Queer Cultural Festival 2021: Be/Longings.

Both indigenous magic and LGBTQIA+ identities were vilified in recent history by the assertions of patriarchy and colonialism. The anthology seeks to assert that the LGBTQIA+ identities have always had roots within the Southeast Asian cultures as manifested by its deep roots in faith, tradition, hearth wisdom, and mysticism.

It means a thoroughly researched story might come off as exoticized and not be as representative of Southeast Asian LGBTQIA+ identity as something pulled from one’s own neighborhood folk stories and urban legends.

Writers from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam as well as writers across the globe with lineage from those countries, are welcome to contribute.

Short story submissions must be between 1,000 to 5,000 words and typed double-spaced in 12-size Times New Roman font. Stories must be in English or in English translations from another language. The translator is responsible for securing permissions from the author, if it is not a self-translation.

Words in the mother tongue will not be italicized, though accent marks to distinguish them from homographs in English are helpful.

Submission must be accompanied by the writer’s bio of 150 words or less. Only one submission will be considered from each writer. Special consideration will be given to represent writers of each country and gender identity. The cover letter must state the country of origin and how the writer would place self in the identity spectrum.

A modest honorarium of US$30 will be paid to contributors via PayPal (only) for non-exclusive rights. Copyright of each work will remain with the author.

The anthology will be distributed and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 International License and will be distributed for free online.

E-mail submissions in MSWORD (.docx) attachments to [email protected] with the subject “Submission_SEA_Wing_Author’s Name.” Deadline is 1 December. R. H. Manipon