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. Fremantle Press is 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.
Editor and founder of Get YA Words Out, Seth Malacari, says he is looking for stories with a touch of magic or supernatural elements all the way through to works of science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction.
Seth says, ‘This anthology represents a shift away from coming out stories and contemporary meet-cutes to uncover stories that explore the uncanny and the fantastical elements of the queer experience’. Seth says, ‘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.
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.
Closing date for submissions: Wednesday 30 November 2022.
For more information, and to submit, head to Fremantle Press’s Submittable page.