Three queer speculative fiction magazines to discover!
You can find queer speculative fiction writers at various magazines and online sites these days, but if you’re not sure where to start, let me point you to three platforms that might interest you. These three online sites feature marginalized and international queer writers whose efforts deserve to be noticed and praised.
The push for more queer speculative fiction writers and stories in professional and semi-professional magazines takes more than just searching for them and posting them. There are experiences and backgrounds that do not fit the mainstream narrative (i.e. majority, white, cisheteronormative, etc.) and are woefully under-represented in the mainstream. So, for this Pride Reads feature, I want to highlight three places of speculative fiction that publish queer writers from crossed identities and backgrounds.
Created in October 2016 by Michael paramo (Queer aro, as and Mexican agender) to elevate writers of the ace / aro and agender spectrum, AZE Journal explores the intersectionality between asexuality, race, ability and gender. Originally titled The Sexual, this platform has changed its name to AZE Journal in 2019 to reflect the inclusiveness of people who identify as demisexual, gray-asexual and anywhere else on the ace / aro spectrum. AZE, or azeness, defines the marginalization of ace / aro and agenres both in the general LGBTQ + public and under cisheteropatriarcat (especially in western and colonized countries). AZE Journal accepts submissions from ace, aro and agender writers. Most of these writers come from institutions like the University of Southern California and The new school. Since its first issue, AZE Journal published over 300 plays.
The newspaper May 2021 (vol 4, number 3) the pieces include personal essays, works of art and poems on intimacy and gender identity. Sarah Goodman’s trial Unconditionally and irrevocably asexual offers a unique angle to Bella and Edward’s relationship in the dusk saga. that of Kyla Frank Family tea time conveys a message of acceptance and self-esteem through a drawing of a person having tea with a shadow being. M. Stawler’s essay Three first kisses explains how societal expectations and heteronormativity do not match one’s level of sexual and / or romantic attraction.
AZE Journal is open to submissions on the topic of asexual masculinities. You can support the place on their Patreon.
A quarterly speculative fiction magazine (2017 est.) That publishes short stories, poems and personal essays from Queer BIPOC writers. Even with more speculative fiction venues opening doors for under-represented voices, there is still work to be done. Anathema strives to do this work by providing a space for marginalized writers.
Anathema May 2021 issue contains amazing and imaginative works from new and emerging authors to watch. Every issue is worth a look, but the content from May 2021 impressed me. Really, I don’t know where to start. Mechanical Circus through Kel Coleman, To assemble, blown open through Jen brown, and Wild is another word for witch through Donyae Coles are among my most recommended, but take the time to read all the content and then the back issues.
This platform is a bimonthly (2015 est.) Podcast of original and previously published SFF shorts by LGBTQ + authors. Transcripts are available, so if the audio format is fine for you, you can still read the stories. Even if Glittering vessel hasn’t been updated since March 2020, the abundance of wonderfully written stories deserves to be recognized. Sequins most recent history, The quiet kingdom of the black queen through Jenny blackford (first published in the anthology Dreaming of Djinn), will transport you to a world inspired by Sumerian mythology. Another story that I highly recommend is Zora Mai Quỳnh The soul chamber (first published in the anthology The Sea is Ours: Tales from Southeast Asia Steampunk), which takes place in a fantastic post-apocalyptic Vietnam.
If you know of any Queer speculative fiction magazines not mentioned here, feel free to comment below. I would love to hear from you!
Author: Brahidaliz Martinez
Brahidaliz (pronounced Bra-da-leez) graduated in 2019 from the Masters program in Creative Writing at American University. They are Submission Writers for Uncanny Magazine and Intern for Entangled Publishing. Their various areas of interest include intersectionality in apocalyptic and disaster films, artificial intelligence, writing for animation, YA SFF, and LGBTQ + portrayal in children’s media.
Pronouns: he / they
Location: DC Metropolitan Area
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