None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa
Edited by: Notisha Massaquoi & Selly Thiam
WE are collecting stories of Africans from the continent and within the diasporic communities that identify as queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (QLGBT).
One of our biggest challenges as QLGBT Africans globally is forced invisibility. Human rights violations in many countries on the African continent are at an all time high for QLGBT Africans who speak out publicly.
In order to identify ourselves rather than be defined by others we must first see ourselves, create discourse and story. And only we can write it. We must no longer cooperate in the maintenance of our own invisibility. Our voices must be heard. We do exist.
It is the goal of None on Record to link the struggles, triumphs, joy and pain of QLGBT Africans everywhere. We aim to add to the exponential growth of histories and stories being told by queer Africans all over the world.
We invite QLGBT Africans to submit original, unpublished essays, poems, short stories, plays, creative non-fiction, and visual art. We’re looking for work that explores the lives of QLGBT Africans and how your experiences have shaped you emotionally, politically, socially, and culturally. We are interested in the ideas and language that make you African and QLGBT.
We accept work from QLGBT Africans from the continent and those who have immigrated to other parts of the world. We also accept submissions from first generation QLGBT Africans born outside the African Continent. If you self-identify as a QLGBT African but do not fit the criteria written above and would like to submit work for consideration, please write us at: NORsubmission@gmail.com
ALL WORK NEEDS TO BE TYPED in 12-point font, double-spaced. All submissions should include your name, address, titles, phone number and email address. Please include a short biography with your work.
All submissions must be unpublished work.
Fiction should be one short story or an edited piece from and larger work. 15pg maximum
Non-fiction should be one essay or an edited piece from and larger work. 15pg maximum
Poetry: Maximum of three poetry submissions per author. 6 pg maximum.
Playwriting should include one complete work or one act from a larger work. Please limit submissions to 15 pgs.
Photos and artwork must be reproducible in black and white. Do not send originals. hi-res digital files on CD or ZIP, or high quality photocopies of line art
All pieces must include a short bio, including age, gender, sexual orientation, nation of origin and/or ethnicity, adopted country, and any other biographical information which is important to understanding your work. This demographic information will not be published. Please indicate the name(s) you would like to use for publication. Don’t forget to include your contact information!
Please note that due to space limitations there is no guarantee that submissions will be included in the anthology. However, you will receive confirmation that your submission was received. We greatly appreciate all submissions, and will handle them with care and respect. We look forward to seeing your fantastic work!
Please submit work to: NORsubmission@gmail.com.
Notisha Massaquoi is a queer identified researcher, educator and activist originally from Sierra Leone. She is currently the Executive Director of a health centre for black women and women of color in Toronto, Canada and a doctoral candidate at OISE/University of Toronto. Her most current publications include the anthology Theorizing Empowerment: Canadian Perspectives on Black Feminist Thought.
Selly k. Thiam, is a queer identified Senegalese woman born in Chicago. She is an independent journalist and oral historian. She is currently the Associate Producer for the StoryCorps Griot Initiative in New York City. Selly is the founder of the None on Record: Stories of Queer Africa oral history project.
None On Record Stories of Queers Africa was originally created in 2006 as a sound documentary project that collects the stories of Africans from the continent and within Diasporic communities.
Plug; do check out the amazing website and consider submitting work!