Archive for June, 2011

Submit: Plans for the Apocalypse

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Do you have plans for the end of civilization? Did you ever? Is it possible to prepare for the ultimate catastrophe? Leave it to humans to try…

Being part of a religious group preparing for Armageddon
How to can up and store food
Living off the grid & hoarding water for environmental disaster
Urban post-civilization survival
Changing relationships for post-apocalyptic times
How to meditate your way to salvation
Parenting for an unpredictable future
Spending the family savings on an underground bunker
Armed to the teeth or raising chickens for the final catastrophe…
Or?

We’re seeking short literary memoir, fiction, childhood memories, d.i.y. instructions, how-to, to-do lists, preparations, photographs, diagrams, comics, illustrations, letters, philosophical truths and tales on the theme of… planning and preparing for the end of civilization as we know it.

Send us your stories.

Write with any questions.

Prefer 2,500 words or less. Consider up to 5,000 words.

Deadline: August 7, 2011

Editors Jenny Forrester and Ariel Gore
Submit via email or snail mail

anthology@theforrest.org

Jenny Forrester/Ariel Gore
P.O. Box 40513
Portland, OR
97240

Call for Submissions: Gayrabian Nights

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Ariel Gore, editor of the Lambda Award-winning Portland Queer has a new project –

SUBMIT YOUR GAY FABLES, SUSPENSEFUL TALES & QUEER BEDTIME STORIES

Yes, it’s a queer retelling of The Thousand and One Nights

The Thousand and One Nights

In those original Arabian Entertainments, the king is on a killing spree–marrying a new woman each night and killing her in the morning. Enter the learned Scheherazade. She volunteers to marry the king and tells him a compelling story each night. Each morning he agrees to let her live one more day. With her stories, she saves her own life and the lives of all the women in the kingdom. Her stories are not overtly persuasive, but rather entertaining (buying time), suspenseful (how could he kill her before he finds out what happens next?) Or stealthy/subversive/heart-opening (quietly influencing the king’s domination-consciousness through the magic of storytelling).

(If you want to read the original Arabian Nights, check out the Husain Haddawy translation–excerpts can be found on Google).

The Queer Retelling’

The power dynamics of the original text come through in the queer retelling. The concept: In a hotel room in an unnamed state capital, a young gay rent boy tells stories to his regular John, a Republican state senator, in order to delay the introduction of anti-gay legislation.

The interior stories in this collection will consist of new work and retold fables by contemporary writers. (Maybe you?)

The stories can be literal retellings of the original 1,001 stories–or have parallels–but neither is required. I’m just looking for queer fabulist stories, suspenseful stories, Luis Jorge Borges-style shorts, and/or stories you’d truly want to read to your lover at night (even if he’s not a senator). What kind of story would convince a closeted senator to delay introduction of his bill?

Stories can be 1,000 to 5,000 words — longer stories should be suspenseful so they’ll lend themselves to be told over several nights.

Deadline: September 1st.

Ariel Gore

arielgore at earthlink dot net
If you email your submission, be sure to write “submission” somewhere in the subject line

Or sent it snail mail:
Ariel Gore
5 Bisbee Ct. #109 PMB 21
Santa Fe, NM 87508

My interview with Susie Bright

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

On storming the gates of the status quo, becoming a dirty old lady, and other ways to be happy: at Psychology Today

Weekend Writing Retreat in Portland

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

Come on,

Sign up for the three-day (August 6-8th) writing retreat right here.