Tipping the Scales is a new lesbian literary and arts journal by lesbians/for lesbians. They offer print, e-book, and PDF versions of their issues published quarterly. They are currently open for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, flash fiction, photography, and art. Feminist leaning lit mags and journals are some of my favorites, so I interviewed founders and Co-editors Natascha and Lori Graham to find out more. See the interview and a link to submission guidelines below.
For my updated list of feminist lit mags, check out: Feminist lit mags & journals.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about Tipping the Scales and how/why it was started?
EDITORS: Tipping the Scales was started in our back garden at the end of Summer 2020 in an attempt to “tip the scales”, and create a place where lesbian writers are not marginalised, or seen as the minority.
Our aim was (and still is) to create a journal dedicated to celebrating and promoting the creative works of lesbians worldwide.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
EDITORS: We publish work by, and for lesbians, but the literature we publish is relatable and can be enjoyed by all!
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
EDITORS: We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, art and photography by lesbians. We also have a YouTube Channel and anthology(?) entitled She Speaks, which publishes spoken word (and the matching text) poetry, fiction and flash fiction by ALL women writers.
Natascha: I am particularly looking for incredibly well-written short fiction and flash fiction with gorgeous description and brilliant, believable dialogue between well-fleshed-out characters.
Lori: Flash fiction that is concise and creative nonfiction that tells a real story in a creative way.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
Lori: Creative nonfiction and flash fiction. We also need art and photography.
Natascha: What Lori says! I would also be extremely excited to see some great literary fiction come tumbling into our inbox.
HOPKINSON: What are some of your favorite lit mags/journals?
Lori: Horrified Magazine, The Bitchin Kitsch, Analogies and Allegories, Shorts Magazine, The Adriatic, Open Culture Collective and Mslexia
Natascha: Litro, (mac)ro(mic), The Fictional Cafe, BlazeVox, The Bookends Review, Ponder, Twenty Two Twenty Eight, The Nervous Breakdown, Havik.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with Tipping the Scales?
Lori: I get excited over every single submission. I love to send out acceptances and it hurts my heart to send out rejections. I see something I like in almost everything that is sent to us. I think that making nominations for The Pushcart Prize was one of my best moments.
Natascha: Discovering, encouraging and publishing writer’s who have never sent their work out to anyone before, along with publishing and promoting previously published writers, and creating anthologies of brilliant work that are also works of art in themselves, that give the reader not only a fantastic literary experience but a place of community that reaches out to the reader to say, “You’re not alone.”
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
EDITORS: All of our submission guidelines can be found on the submissions page of our website, here: https://tippingthescalesjo.wixsite.com/mysite/submissions Once you’re ready to send us your work, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org We (very excitedly) await your submissions!
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
EDITORS: The best way to contact us is through our e-mail: email@example.com You can also contact us through the contact page of our website: https://tippingthescalesjo.wixsite.com/mysite/contact and our Twitter DM’s, which are checked regularly – @TTSLitJournal You can also send us a message through the aforementioned contact form on our website to ask to be added to our mailing list so that you can keep up-to-date with submission windows, competitions and other TTS News.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 4, 2021
THEME: Snapshots of a Moment (Zoom in)
FORMAT: Print, ebooks, PDF
SUBMISSION FEE: None
FORMS: poetry, prose, and artwork
ISSUE FREQUENCY: Quarterly
SUBMISSION METHOD: Email
SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: Yes
AVERAGE RESPONSE TIME: 3-4 weeks
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