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Please Welcome to the Stage…: A Drag Literary Anthology House of Lobsters Literary

Please Welcome to the Stage…: A Drag Literary Anthology is an independent anthology of literature celebrating the art of drag. We are seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art that celebrates this subversive art form that has become more mainstream and accepted in the last few years thanks to shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race and The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula.

What is drag? Drag is many things. It’s the art of playing with one’s gender. It’s performance. It’s pageantry. It’s comedy. It’s acting. It’s dancing. It’s singing. It’s lipsynching. It’s cabaret, vaudeville, and burlesque. It’s cosplay. It’s horror. It’s a cornerstone of the LGBTQIAP+ community. Drag is for anyone who wants to tap into their inner self or to become someone new entirely, whether they want to be a queen, a king, something in between, or something new entirely. Drag has no limits, and we’re excited to see literature that shows the full range.

Submissions can be any genre and style, with specifics listed below in the respective categories. Your pieces do not have to be entirely about drag, but drag should be a notable or major aspect of your submission. We encourage authors to play with the theme as they see fit, although we will not publish any pieces that are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise offensive. Pieces may discuss these subject matters, but we will be reviewing them carefully and we reserve the right to reject pieces if we feel they do not handle these subjects appropriately. You may message us if you have any questions about the content of your submission.

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Please Welcome to the Stage…: A Drag Literary Anthology is an independent anthology of literature celebrating the art of drag. We are seeking poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art that celebrates this subversive art form that has become more mainstream and accepted in the last few years thanks to shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race and The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula.

What is drag? Drag is many things. It’s the art of playing with one’s gender. It’s performance. It’s pageantry. It’s comedy. It’s acting. It’s dancing. It’s singing. It’s lipsynching. It’s cabaret, vaudeville, and burlesque. It’s cosplay. It’s horror. It’s a cornerstone of the LGBTQIAP+ community. Drag is for anyone who wants to tap into their inner self or to become someone new entirely, whether they want to be a queen, a king, something in between, or something new entirely. Drag has no limits, and we’re excited to see literature that shows the full range.

Submissions can be any genre and style, with specifics listed below in the respective categories. Your pieces do not have to be entirely about drag, but drag should be a notable or major aspect of your submission. We encourage authors to play with the theme as they see fit, although we will not publish any pieces that are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or otherwise offensive. Pieces may discuss these subject matters, but we will be reviewing them carefully and we reserve the right to reject pieces if we feel they do not handle these subjects appropriately. You may message us if you have any questions about the content of your submission.

All submissions must be emailed to us at [email protected] to be considered for this anthology.

Submission Guidelines:

  • All submissions must be submitted as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf. No other file types will be accepted.
  • All submissions must be 12 pt. font, a standard font type, double spaced (for fiction and nonfiction), and with 1-inch margins.
  • For poetry submissions, submit up to 5 poems or 10 pages of poetry per submission.
  • For fiction submissions, please send us no more than 5 pieces per submission, with a total of 8,000 words maximum per submission.
  • For nonfiction submissions, please submit no more than 3 nonfiction pieces in your submission with a total of 8,000 words maximum.
  • For art submissions, please submit no more than 5 pieces per submission. Art submissions can be any style, whether it’s paintings, photographs, sculptures, collage, etc., but must be submitted digitally as a .pdf or .jpg.
  • Please submit all work in a single file to [email protected] with the file name: AUTHOR FIRST NAME_AUTHOR LAST NAME_PWTS[insert category here].

    Ex. AUDREY_RUGBURN_PWTSPOETRY.doc

  • Please submit no more than one time per category until you’ve heard back from the editorial team. Once we have sent a decision, you may submit again until our deadline. You may submit for multiple categories at a time, but only one submission file per category at a time
  • You may submit reprints or simultaneous submissions. Rights for reprints must be back to the author and the author must include information about prior publication when they submit. Simultaneous submissions are encouraged, but please message the editorial team if the piece has been accepted elsewhere so we can withdraw it from consideration.
  • Please also submit an author bio of no more than 150 words with your submission. Please let us know of any past publication history and any author websites and social media you want to promote. Also, please include what your drag name would be in your bio.

We are also currently querying this anthology for publication. As we learn more, we will update with our publisher and tentative publication date. Please see our News page or check our social media for any updates on this.

Deadline to submit is November 30, 2021, although we may extend the deadline for further submissions. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information. We highly encourage LGBTQIAP+ authors, BIPOC authors, female authors, and international authors for this anthology. You can also email us at [email protected] if you have any other questions.

Thanks for submitting!

Sincerely,

Alex Carrigan and Rachel Head (co-editors)
a.k.a. The House of Lobsters