Bald Woman is a new online zine seeking submissions of poetry, short stories, essays, art, or photos for their first issue, from trans people, non-binary people, people who are genderfluid, people who don't really know how to identify yet, people who are questioning gender, people who are agender, bi-gender.
“Bald Woman was created because trans bodies are beautiful. Bald Woman was created so that trans voices could be heard. Bald Woman was created because we're here, and we're not going to let bigots steal what makes us fabulous.”
I wondered how and why this lit mag came to be, so I asked founder Rex Emerson Jackson a few questions to find out. See my interview with Jackson and a link to their submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Bald Woman.
JACKSON: In a nutshell, this is about trans bodies. This is about how trans bodies are beautiful. Still in infancy, we will let them choose how to identify. Will they be a blog? A zine? a play? Performance art?
Never mind the word "woman" in the title, for this issue I am looking for submissions from trans people, non-binary people, people who are genderfluid, people who don't really know how to identify yet, people who are questioning gender, people who are agender, bi-gender.
HOPKINSON: How/why was Bald Woman originally started?
JACKSON: Bald Woman came from an interaction I had on Facebook. I'm transgender/non-binary and I was looking for advice on accessing hormones. One member of the group seemed offended at the very existence of transgender people and sent me a private message. He told me how ugly I was, how he would never recognize me as a man, and that I was just a "bald WOMAN LOL". I don't even know this guy so I was a little bit surprised at how personal he was taking it. I also thought that calling me a bald woman was funny. I was like, "well yeah, sometimes I am. Thanks for noticing." I mean, out of any insult, he came up with that? At that point, I figured I could either be offended, or do something with the title. I always look for ways to create community, so I want to put together the work of other bald women out there.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
JACKSON: This is the first edition of Bald Woman so my scope is kind of wide. I'm looking for work specifically from people who are non-binary, transgender, genderfluid, questioning gender, two-spirit, etc. Transgender people are just starting to get some media attention but I feel like non-binary people and gender fluidity are subjects that are still in the dark. So I'm really looking for anything that says "yeah, we're out there." Poetry, art, photography, flash fiction, short stories. There's no set length limit, just looking for things that are reasonable. That could be two words or it could be two thousand.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
JACKSON: I'm from Canada, and I have some Canadian favourites, like Broken Pencil and Forget Magazine. I also enjoy really visceral type stuff like The Fat Damsel, especially their section Poems To Survive In.
HOPKINSON: Where can folks send submissions?
JACKSON: The e-mail is email@example.com.
JACKSON: firstname.lastname@example.org is the best way, but for more info you can also check out https://www.facebook.com/wearebaldwoman/ for our new facebook page and the website at https://wearebaldwoman.wordpress.com/
DEADLINE: August 12, 2017
SUBMISSION FEE: None
NOTES: Submissions from trans people, non-binary people, people who are genderfluid, people who don't really know how to identify yet, people who are questioning gender, people who are agender, bi-gender
FORMS: poetry, short stories, essays, art, or photos
Categories: Call for Submissions