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22 November 2008 @ 10:16 am
Submissions Call for Charity anthology  

Submissions Call


For a charity anthology to benefit the Lambda Legal Fund http://www.lambdalegal.org/


The Lambda Legal fund is currently fighting Prop 8 in an effort to get it overturned by the California Supreme Court.  If you believe in marriage equality and the right of LGBT people to marry the person they love, you can help by submitting a story to the charity anthology; 'I do' now being put together to raise funds in support of the fund.


The anthology is being published by MLR Press http://www.mlrpress.com/


We're looking for stories between 1,000 words and 10,000 words long.  M/M, F/F and transgender stories are welcome.  There is no strict theme, but our readership are primarily interested in romance.  We also have certain things we do *not* want to see:


No stories which undermine the purpose of the anthology, please – ie, no stories which are about how gay people do not want to get married or do not deserve to get married.  We do not want anything that reinforces negative stereotypes of LGBT people.  We don't want snuff fiction, scat, golden showers, necrophilia or under-age sex. 

No fanfiction please.


As long as your story doesn't contain any of those things and comes within the word-count, please do send it to alex@alexbeecroft.com


As long as you possess the copyright for your story and it is not currently under contract to anyone else, we are happy to consider stories which have been published before.


Extra consideration will be given to romantic stories with happy ever afters, or stories which have particular relevance to the issue of marriage equality.


This is for a charity anthology, so you will not get paid.  All profits will go straight to the Lamdba Legal fund.


Deadline for submissions 18th December 2008


Thank you!

she's a tramp, she's a tramp, she's a vamp: shakespeare-bootytacky_tramp on November 22nd, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
I would like to point out that there are no copyright issues with works in the public domain, so slash based on stuff published before 1922 is fair game. >:)
Gileonnen: Silly in Lovegileonnen on November 22nd, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)
Pretty much all of my fandoms are public domain, too ... >=)

... Imean. vashtan mentioned this anthology idea to me, and I'd be honored to contribute original fiction.

Are there any restrictions on, say, historicals/fantasy/sci-fi? How much license do we have to play with the cultural context in which these stories take place? Would it undermine the purpose of the anthology if we wrote fiction set in places and times with different concepts of sexuality/relationships from the one(s) we have here and now: classical Greece, or feudal Japan, or a fictional planet?
alex_beecroft: Alex Balex_beecroft on November 22nd, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
Original fiction is fantastic, please do :)

There are no restrictions as to genre or historical era. We prefer stories which are supportive of the idea that long term committed relationships are a good thing, but within that very broad framework you can pretty much do what you like :)
alex_beecroft: Ice Queenalex_beecroft on November 22nd, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
We are not including *any* fanfiction in this submissions call, public domain or not. I will re-word to make that clearer.
she's a tramp, she's a tramp, she's a vamp: hp-fanfictacky_tramp on November 22nd, 2008 06:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification!
Tavam: writernekonexus on November 22nd, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
What format should submissions be in? RTF? .doc?

And just for clarity, explicit sex is okay, as long as it doesn't include any of the "not wanted" above?

Thanks! This sounds like a great idea.

Edited at 2008-11-22 03:30 pm (UTC)
alex_beecroft: Alex Balex_beecroft on November 22nd, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC)
I'm fine with either rtf or doc format. No html coding though please (so no [i][/i] for italics and so forth.)

All ratings are good, from G to NC17. And thank you!

Edited at 2008-11-22 06:07 pm (UTC)
witchdragonwitchdragon on November 24th, 2008 08:47 pm (UTC)
Does it need to be beta-ed/edited before we turn it in? My grammar and spelling are both iffy things. I'm starting on something, but if it needs to beta-ed first I'll work faster to make the deadline. himself as he
alex_beecroft: Harlequinalex_beecroft on November 24th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
First of all, thanks for being interested in submitting and going so far as to start on something. That's fantastic, thanks! :)

Secondly, your story would need to be as perfect as you can make it. So yes, get it beta read/corrected first, please. We're on a very tight timescale, so we're probably not going to be able to take things that look as though they need a lot of work from our end. Sorry about that!