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We're reading pitches and submissions for our Queer Life series. Pieces in this series feature queer writers examining the experience of what it means to be a queer person in the world today. Often, the essays we publish are a mix of memoir, cultural criticism, and/or reporting, though we welcome new formats as well.

Examples include s.e. smith on what it means to be trans in a small town; John Paul Brammer on leaving Oklahoma for New York; Naib Mian on his identity as a queer Muslim; Jeanna Kadlec on Christian music and coming out; and Elanor Broker on raising her son as a trans mother.

If you are pitching, please tell us the narrative arc of your story; the context/conversation with which you’re engaging and why (i.e. What's been written on this topic before? How will your essay talk about it differently/push the conversation forward?); links to relevant clips; and your sources and level of access, if you are reporting.

If you are submitting a full draft, please do share the narrative arc, the cultural conversation with which you're engaging, and links to clips. We will only read submissions of 4000 words or less.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.