Queer Around & Around the World

Queer Around & Around the World

LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology

We are everywhere!

That is the message of the Queer Around the World: LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology series, celebrating travel, immigration and multiculturalism from a LGBTQ+ perspective. This upcoming third volume, Queer Around & Around the World, continues in the tradition started with its predecessors, Queer Around the World and Queer Around the World Too.

Queer Around & Around the World will be published in print & ebook. It will be made available in paperback on Amazon, the Barnes & Noble website, QommunicatePublishing.com and wherever books are sold (available to booksellers and libraries through Ingram.) Ebook versions will be compatible with the Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, iOS, Android, MacOS, and Windows devices, in addition to PDF and other downloadable formats and web-viewable digital formats.

Submission Guidelines

Please read the following submission guidelines carefully before submitting your work to Queer Around & Around the World. If you have any questions not answered below, please write us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com and we will be happy to answer.

Theme

  • True Stories – this means the author must attest that the events described actually happened to him/her/them.
  • Queer Around the World – all contributions must somehow fit with the theme of travel, immigration or multiculturalism from a LGBTQ+ perspective.

Genres

  • Genres: Creative non-fiction (essay, memoir)
  • Flash non-fiction of 1 page or less is also welcome.
  • Poetry will be considered, provided they also qualify as “true stories”.

We will NOT consider:

  • Erotica
  • Work aimed at children.

Length (all word/page counts are loose)

  • Prose: up to 3,500 words
  • Flash Non-fiction: 1 page or less
  • Poetry: Up to 5 pages
  • Please number submissions of longer than 10 pages.

Formats

  • All submissions must be typed. No handwritten submissions will be accepted.
  • PLEASE EDIT YOUR WORK.
  • If you send your submission in, please do NOT mail us your only copy of your work. We can not be responsible for returning submissions.

Multiple Submissions

  • Multiple submissions (submissions of more than one work) are fine. Send us what you’ve got!

Simultaneous Submissions

  • Simultaneous submissions (submitting work you’ve already submitted–or are planning on submitting–elsewhere) are fine too.
  • Please just be sure that if your submission gets accepted elsewhere, you contact us at submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com to withdraw it from consideration for Queer Around the World (& Back Again): LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology.

Reprints

  • Reprints will NOT be considered.

Rights

  • We are seeking First English Anthology Rights and First World Anthology Rights in print and ebook formats.
  • NOTE: These rights only allow the material to be used in the anthology and its reprints, and the writer retains all rights to their work not specified here (i.e. in the contract), including copyright to their work.
  • We are also seeking, for all material, Non-exclusive Excerpt Rights (for the purposes of promoting the Anthology on the website).

Compensation:

Please note: as of 2020 we have changed our payment model.

For all anthologies to be published after January 1, 2020, we will no longer be paying $5 per printed page. Instead we will be instituting a royalty system, whereby we share a book’s profits with all of that book’s contributors.

  • Payment for writers and artists contributing to any anthologies will published will be a split of the net income from sales of that book with the publishers and other contributors, as follows:

    • Net income = Retail price – costs of printing and distribution

    • Printing and distribution costs vary depending on which of the two printers/distributors we use (Amazon & Ingram) processed the sale. 

    • Of the net income from each book, the Publishers will keep 50% and the other 50% will be split evenly among all the writers and artists who contributed work to the book. Generally, each of our anthologies have between 14 and 40 contributors. 

    • Because we are a tiny company, royalties will be calculated once per year on the anniversary of the book’s publication date and payments along with documentation of sales will be distributed within 30 days afterward. 

If you have already submitted work to us for an upcoming anthology, and you wish to withdraw that piece from consideration due to this change in payment structure, just let us know.

What to Submit

  • Your submission
  • A brief bio telling us something about you and (if applicable) any publishing experience
  • At least one form of contact information (phone number, email, or mailing address. Please do not give a social media account handle as your only form of contact information.
  • IMPORTANT: Pen names are acceptable. However, for contractual purposes, all submissions must also include the author’s legal name.
  • Please identify in the subject line or cover letter the publication to which you’re submitting, though keep in mind we may consider your work for other books we publish too if we find them appropriate. If you only want your work considered for this one book and no others, please indicate as such.

Where to Submit

Submissions may be emailed to us at: submissions@qommunicatepublishing.com

or mailed to us at:
Qommunity
PO Box 798
Becket, MA 01223

AGAIN, MAILED SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED

Submission Deadline

  • April 30, 2020

Response Time

  • We do our best to respond to all submissions within 3 months of receiving them. If you haven’t heard from us in that time, please feel free to reach out.

To read some examples of what kind of work we’re looking for, check out the first volume: Queer Around the World: A LGBTQ+ True Stories AnthologyQueer Around the World Too: LGBTQ+ True Stories Anthology releases September 21, 2019.

Of course, fresh voices and perspectives are always welcome!

We look forward to reading your work!

Editorial Feedback

Want editorial feedback on your submission? Our Senior Editor Sage Kalmus now offers honest, constructive & respectful editorial feedback on submissions. Learn more here about how to request editorial feedback.