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Following the success of We Are Flowers, the Nigeria-based creative collective called 14 is planning a new edition. Like the debut edition, the new issue, set for publication in August, explores various aspects of LGBTQ life. The theme for this year’s anthology is Sex!

See below for more details on how to submit your work.

The August (Sex) Issue

The theme for this year’s August anthology is ‘Sex’. The editors at 14 are looking for poems, short stories, creative nonfiction/memoir pieces, tweets and art works that are artistically homoerotic in nature or explore issues of sex and the politics of the body. Just to clarify: Queer Bodies.

Everybody is welcome to the party, regardless of sexual orientation or nationality. However, our focus is Nigeria, which means that we will be publishing more works by LGBTQ Nigerians. Please bear with us.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions should be made as Word documents and should contain a brief author’s bio. (With the exception of My Life In Tweets.) Because we are receiving works for both our August 2017 and January 2018 anthologies, documents should be named thus: Issue, Genre, Title of work, Author’s name. For example: August/Sex_Poetry_Labyrinths_and_others_Christoper_Okigbo.

Please include a brief bio on the last page of your submission.

Submissions should be made to The 14 Team at rainbowanniversarynigeria@gmail.com

Poetry: We accept up to three poems from a single person. All poems by one person must be in one Word document, with each poem properly titled and acknowledged.

Fiction: We are accepting very little fiction. Fiction can be in the form of flash fiction or short story. Short stories must not be more than 3,000 words.

Creative non-fiction/memoir/essay etc: We want non-fiction pieces written in language that resembles that of fiction. Which means that we do not accept pieces that read like newspaper reporting or sermons. Non-fiction pieces can range from 1000 to 3,500 words, although we’ve published more, depending on the strength of the prose.

Art / Photography: An artist/photographer is free to send up to 3 art works or photographs. For the August anthology, we would love pieces that are connected, even though this is not compulsory. Artworks/photographs should be titled and accompanied by short notes on the pieces.

My Life in Tweets: For the August (Sex) anthology, tweet @naijaqueerart using the hashtag #QueerSexNaija. For the January (Unthemed) anthology, tweet @naijaqueerart using #IAmQueer, but not until August 1.

Deadline: The deadline for the August (Sex) anthology is June 15 2017. For the January anthology, the deadline is November 15 2017.

We encourage you to submit so as to contribute to the all-important conversation about acceptance and sexual equality.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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