Monstering is a new online magazine, written by and for disabled women and nonbinary people. Please help spread the word on this important and needed project. To learn more, read their Mission Statement. They also have a fantastic FAQ page with even more information.
They are taking an approach to Tip Jar submissions I’ve not seen before that’s quite admirable. Donate to one of the notable charities listed and receive a faster response to your submission. A small donation of only $5 gets you a response within 72 hours, $10 in only 48 hours, and $20 within 24 hours.
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked Editor-in-Chief Brianna Albers a few questions to find out. See my interview with Albers and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Monstering.
ALBERS: Monstering speaks to the idea—if not the reality—that disabled women and nonbinary people are considered “monstrous” by the rest of society. But instead of lamenting it, we celebrate it. We see our monstrosity as unique and powerful, and thus use Monstering as a platform to reclaim disability itself.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Monstering originally started?
ALBERS: I’ve been involved in the literary community for years, and yet, in all that time, I’ve never once seen a publication that was by and for people like me—that is, disabled women and nonbinary people. So Monstering was birthed from this deep, vibrating desire for a place to call our own. I put out a call, just to gauge people’s interest, and was utterly overwhelmed by the response, so I put together a group, and things kind of just snowballed from there.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
ALBERS: We’re working on our inaugural issue, so we’re currently looking for work that speaks to the concept of monstering, and in particular, the relationship between monstrosity and disability. We accept all forms of writing, but are also interested in work that goes beyond the traditional—art, audio-visual, etc.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
ALBERS: I worked at Winter Tangerine for several years, so the stuff they put out will always be close to my heart. I also love WILDNESS, and fellow #crip journals Wordgathering and The Deaf Poets Society!
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
ALBERS: We accept all submissions sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our submissions guidelines can be found here.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
DEADLINE: April 1, 2017
SUBMISSION FEE: None
PAYMENT: Contributors receive 10 USD in compensation.
FORMS: writing, artwork, and audio-visual