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The Project: QueerLit Contest

suspect thoughts: a journal of subversive writing
Issue 17: The Still Life Issue
Marshall Moore, guest editor

Drag Kings
Amie M. Evans and Rakelle Valencia, editors

Velvet Mafia

Suspect Thoughts Press

is a terrible infant hell-bent to burn the envelope by publishing dangerous books by contemporary authors and poets exploring provocative social, political, queer, spiritual, and sexual themes.

Suspect Thoughts Press is NOT ACCEPTING UNSOLICITED MANUSCRIPTS from authors, poets, or editors at this point, but queries are welcome via email. Email your query to both Publisher Greg Wharton and Editor-in-Chief Ian Philips.

Queries should contain a detailed synopsis, a short excerpt, and an author biography, all within the body of an email. No attachments please.

First-time novelists are encouraged to submit their novels to Project: QueerLit (below) instead of direct to Suspect Thoughts Press.

The Project: QueerLit Contest

Thanks to Bloom, Blowsquish Creative, Books to Watch Out For, Chroma, Damron Company, Lodestar Quarterly, Nightsweats and T-cells, Other, Outsider Ink, Publishing Triangle, Suspect Thoughts Press, TLA Video, and Velvet Mafia, for sponsoring the second Project: QueerLit contest.

The Project: QueerLit contest celebrates and brings media attention to unpublished authors of queer writing and opens doors for publication of their work. The contest is open to any unpublished author of an English-language novel with queer and/or bent worldview content.

We recruit…and print the best of tomorrow's queer lit.

The second contest is now closed for submissions.

Read more about the contest here.

suspect thoughts: a journal of subversive writing

is an online magazine that features exciting alternative writing and artwork that blurs the lines between genres and isn't afraid that it might frighten, cause laughter, or confuse, while perhaps arousing sexual desire.

Issue 17: The Still Life Issue

The online edition of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines still life as a picture consisting predominantly of inanimate objects, or the category of graphic arts concerned with inanimate subject matter. In other words: exquisite paintings in which nothing happens. Too much contemporary fiction is similar: beautifully wrought, ultimately inert. Character-driven work is great, if the characters have things to say and do, if events occur, if action unfolds… if the story has a plot.

There, I said it: I'm looking for a plot, or at least something that resembles a narrative arc. I'm not looking for literary lemons and skulls and apples and candles decaying gorgeously on the page. I want you to subvert genre. Turn literature inside out, darkly. And maintain the reader's interest.

Although the story doesn't have to be about art, I want you to title your slice of subversive creative brilliance something along the lines of "Still Life with __________" or "Landscape with _____________". Start with one of those traditional painting titles, have your way with it, and make it your own.

Original work preferred
500 – 5000 words, query for longer
suspect thoughts: a journal of subversive writing is not a paying market
Submission deadline April 15, 2006

Email submissions only: violetmonster@gmail.com
Include your name and contact info on the first page of the manuscript
In your subject line: SUSPECT THOUGHTS, [first & last name], "Title"
Use a serif font like Courier, Times, or Book Antiqua

Marshall Moore is the author of two novels, The Concrete Sky (Haworth, 2003) and An Ideal for Living (Suspect Thoughts Press, forthcoming), and a collection of short fiction, Black Shapes in a Darkened Room (Suspect Thoughts Press, 2004). He lives in Korea.

Drag Kings Short Story Erotica
Amie M. Evans and Rakelle Valencia, editors
Suspect Thoughts Press

We want to create an anthology of realistic stories involving drag kings on or off stage. In a dressing room, a parked car, a hotel room. All the glamour, or lack there of, that dressing up like a man, performing for a screaming (or lame) crowd, traveling in intimate circumstances with other performers, or meeting all those fine women and bois who yell to take it off, that leads to sex, sex, sex. Or tell us tales of the hooking up that happens at these gigs between co-performers or lusty fans looking to bed their favorite kings. And make your story HOT.



1) Submissions should be fictional short stories, lesbian in content, no less than 1,500 words and no more than 6,000 words, and must be typed (preferably in Times New Roman, 12 font), double-spaced, and printed on one side of the page only.

2) Submit TWO HARD COPIES, INCLUDING TWO COVER LETTERS. All manuscripts must be disposable. (If accepted, final manuscript must be submitted on disk.)

3) Name, address, phone number, email address, and word count should appear on the first page.

4) SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope must be provided if you wish to be notified by "snail mail". Others will be notified through email.

5) Unpublished and previously published materials will be considered at a pay rate of $75 for originals and $25 for reprints. Contributors will receive two copies of the book.

Submit stories to:
Amie M. Evans/Rakelle Valencia
33 Campbell Street
Woburn, Ma 01801

Amie M. Evans has the inside dope on drag kings. A white girl, confirmed femme-bottom who lives life like a spontaneously choreographed performance, she is a well-published literary erotica and creative nonfiction writer, experienced workshop provider, and a burlesque and high-femme drag performer. Her most recent published works have appeared in Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2005, I Do/I Don't: Queers on Marriage, The Best of On Our Backs 2, Back to Basics: A Butch/Femme Erotica Reader, and Up All Night. She also writes gay male erotica under a pen name.

Rakelle Valencia is a seasoned erotica anthology coeditor and writer of short story erotica. Currently she celebrates the tremendous success of Rode Hard, Put Away Wet, also published by Suspect Thoughts Press, and wishes to thank all of the contributors. Her short stories have most recently appeared in BLE 05, ULE 05, On Our Backs 2, Naughty Spanking Stories A-Z, Hot Lesbian Erotica, and Best Lesbian Love Stories.

Velvet Mafia

The best gay fiction contains an element of the erotic, the adventure of sexual conquest, and the mystery of unexplored territory. Velvet Mafia seeks alternative gay literary fiction and erotica for future quarterly issues. We want work that dares to step over the line, fiction with teeth. It can be sensual, dark, sexy, indecent, experimental, hard or raw, so long as the story makes us sit up and pay attention.

Our best piece of advice, read the current issue and know your audience. This holds true for any publishing venture so it is a good thing to remember.

Keep it under 4,000 words, longer work will be accepted, but it better grab our attention. We prefer short and riveting.

Work must be gay male focused. Does this mean that all the characters must be gay men? No. Does this mean that the author must be a gay man? No. Does this mean we will publish fiction by women? Yes, as long as the story is focused on a gay man.

We request Electronic Serial Rights, which allows you to republish your work after the three-month run of the issue. We will maintain your work in our archive for the run of the site.

Compensation? Not yet, but we're working on it. Right now we can offer banner space to advertise your site and offer global exposure for your work.

Send work as the body of an email or as a Microsoft Word or Rich Text File (RTF) attachment. Make sure to include your name, an email address where you can be contacted, your mailing address and a short bio.

Email submissions to Editor Sean Meriwether.

To find more queer themed projects check out Suspect Thoughts Process.


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