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Co-curated with Get YA Words Out, and edited by Seth Malacari, Fremantle Press is seeking stories from the LGBTIQA+ community for an anthology of YA literature, An Unexpected Party, to be published in 2023.

This is a chance for around 20 new and emerging LGBTIQA+ writers, who have not yet had a full-length book traditionally published, to share their work. We are particularly interested in encouraging submissions from writers who identify with the ‘TIQA+’ end of the acronym (trans, intersex, queer, asexual, aromantic and other identities not represented), plus intersectional stories from the BIPOC and CALD communities.

About Seth Malacari

Get YA Words Out founder, Seth Malacari (he/they) is an award-winning writer, whose work has appeared in Underdog: LoveOzYA Short Stories (2019). He has a Masters in Writing from Deakin University specialising in Queer YA and was the former chair of LoveOzYA. 

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: 30 November 2022

More information: If you require assistance with your electronic submission or for any other queries, please contact admin@fremantlepress.com.au

Guidelines 

We are seeking submissions written for young adults, from stories containing a smidge of magical or supernatural elements, all the way through to science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction.

Submissions will only be accepted from LGBTIQA+ people. We are searching for own voices queer stories. You will not be asked to prove this, but we do expect honesty.

This anthology is open to those who live in so-called Australia or hold Australian citizenship living overseas.

Submissions from writers who have not yet had a full-length novel traditionally published, are all welcome.

You may submit one piece of fiction of 3,000 to 5,000 words. You may also submit an oral submission as an MP3 audio file or as an MP4 video file. This will still need to be a piece of fiction of 3,000 to 5,000 words. Materials will need to be sufficient quality in order to allow for transcription into a written format. Please note that Submittable only accepts files of up to 400mbs.

One submission per person. 

The submitted work must be previously unpublished. 


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