Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Call for contributions to SCRIPTS

This is the last call for SCRIPTS. The deadline for submissions has been extended to 7th Oct 2004. Looking forward to your contributions.

Call for contributions to SCRIPTS, the queer zine by Lesbians and Bisexuals in Action Issue No. 6 "Body, Appearance and Identity"

Dear Friends,

It is that time of the year again when our rain drenched bodies begin to get out of the somnolence they had been creeping to and we sit up and realise that September is upon us, will indeed have soon passed us over if we did not get up and seize the day and all that sort of stuff. To get to where we are going: it is the time when we open our shop for the second time this year for contributions for the next issue of SCRIPTS, the magazine which we are very fond of and committed to!

So, dear friends, the next issue of SCRIPTS is scheduled to be out in the latter half of October and we take great pleasure in inviting your musings, writings, poetry, fiction, letters, snippets, drawings, cartoons, doodles and scribbles, artwork, photographs, sketches, anything in a printable format that you would like to share with some of the rest of the world.

This will be the sixth issue of the magazine and in this issue we are especially keen to invite contributions that, in diverse forms and degrees, explore, explode, confuse, and engage with our ideas, experiences and lived realities of our bodies, appearances and identities.

We invite you to share work on the experiences of living in our bodies, our rational theorizing around it, our passionate explorations, the boundaries that exist, their movement, transformations and changes, our relationships with our own bodies and that of the world around us, anything that you wish to share or have a conversation about. Send us material on our interface with the world through our appearances – the mix-ups, the missed opportunities, the humour and the trauma of it. Pieces that deal with our confusions, realities, shifts and transformations of identities, the chosen identities, the labels, the non-labels, our constant pull and push within and without them.

We invite work from all, however you may identify or choose not to – QUEER, GAY, LESBIAN, TRANSGENDER, BISEXUAL, KOTHI, EUNUCH, QUEEN, DRAG KING, HIJRA,…. Everybody is welcome to submit their work. You don't have to identify in any category. Only the work needs to reflect any of these sensibilities!

From this issue on, we especially invite submissions in Indian languages other than English. We would like to reserve at least 20% of the pages of each issue for different languages and thus invite you to send us original works with English or Hindi translations. We have a small editorial team, which absolutely refuses to edit any of your submissions but will be part of selecting the pieces for the issue. We are here to make sure that a variety of issues, genres, styles and outrageousness are represented in this issue.

Guidelines for Submissions

For Literary submissions: Poetry, prose, essays, letters, scribbles, fiction – all are welcome. Submissions must be sent by email as text, or as word document attachments. We welcome hand written works to be directly submitted as such. You can send us hand-written documents by post mail or scan them and send them to us as TIFF files. Submissions must not exceed 1000 words.

*We are especially seeking literary contributions in Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Urdu or any other regional languages. We would, in fact, like to reserve 20% of the pages of this issue towards work in Indian languages other than English. Works will be printed in their original language. Where ever possible please send us an English translation transcript along, especially if you would like it printed along with the original language piece.

*Safety. Many people may not feel comfortable or safe publishing their writings under their names. If you so wish we will be willing to publish your work under your pseudonym as well. If there are any other precautions that you would like us to take, kindly alert us of the same.

For Visual arts submissions: Photographs, sketches, drawings, paintings, doodles – are all welcome. Kindly send us your work scanned as TIFF files in high resolution by e-mail, burnt on CD-R's, as Xeroxes or copies by post-mail. PLEASE DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ARTWORKS.
*Safety. Again please specify under which name the artworks should be printed.

What other info do we need from you?

*Kindly send in your submissions clearly marked with the name of the writer/artist. In case of Visual arts submissions, we encourage you to send a brief write up along with the work if you would like to give it some background. *Do send us a very brief 2 line Bio which we can publish at the end of the book as a note on contributors. Again, if for issues of anonymity and safely you chose not to send this to us, we will understand. *Some kind of postal address so we can send you a copy of the printed zine.

What we can do in return for your precious contributions? *Copyright for all accepted contributions will remain with the
authors. We do not reserve any right to place any of the accepted material for any other publication without the prior written
permission of the authors/artists.

*Accepted submissions will not be paid for, but all contributors are guaranteed a wide motley readership. All contributors whose work has been accepted for publication will receive ONE free copy of the zine.

Where and When to send your Contributions:
Last date for submission: 30th September, 2004
Please send all material to:
Postal address:
LABIA/Stree Sangam
P. O. Box No. 16613
Matunga, Bombay 400 019.

Lesbians and Bisexuals in Action (LABIA), formerly known as Street Sangam, is an autonomous, non-funded collective of lesbian, transgender and bisexual women. LABIA is a campaign and activist group with a focus on queer and feminist activism. We have been in existence in Bombay since 1995. Our activities have included networking with individual queer women as well as queer groups in India and in other countries, campaigning for the rights of peoples and communities of marginalised genders and sexualities with other like minded groups, and organising jointly with the struggles of other marginalised groups, feminist and people's movements. LABIA intends to further this activism and sees SCRIPTS as a vibrant space for multiple conversations of  queer/feminist/activist/creative voices.


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