Gertrude is a queer literary and arts journal accepting submissions from new and established writers and artists. We believe all literature written by LGBTQ people is LGBTQ literature, subject matter need to be specifically themed. We welcome anyone identifying as LGBTQA to submit. We do not accept previously published work.
Please note that we do not publish novels. We read chapbook manuscripts ONLY through our annual competition.
The journal is on-line only. We accept fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and all forms of art for the journal. Please contact EditorGertrudePress@gmail.com for book review and interview pitches.
Gertrude likes to publish literary short fiction that delights and surprises us; well-crafted work that takes readers on a journey, that shows us something about the world in unexpected ways. We want to read intelligent short works that are smart, rich in voice, strong in POV, lyrical, poetic and singular in language, vivid in detail, and swooning with atmosphere. We like to publish short fiction by and for—and uplifting of—queer/trans people and literatures. We like to see work that expands or transcends the possibilities of what queer/trans fiction can do. We like to read work that queers fiction in form, not merely content (however, content does not necessarily need to be overtly queer). We like dark work, funny work, experimental forms, hybrid forms, and traditional narratives. It just has to be amazing, especially considering that less than 3% of what is submitted is accepted (we typically only publish up to three fiction selections per issue). We aren't generally seeking genre fiction works, but if you happen to have a literary and well-crafted genre or spec-fic piece that aligns with the qualities described above, submit it. We aren't particularly seeking “coming-out” stories at this time.
We do not want to read work that involves gratuitous violence (sexual or otherwise) toward children, women, people of color, trans/non-binary people, any vulnerable people, or animals. For more info on what we are looking for, read our DUOTROPE interview here.
Submissions must adhere to the following criteria:
- Maximum Word Count: 3,000 words. Please include a word count in your cover letter.
- Document must be double-spaced, in 12 pt. Font, and with 1” margins
- Submit only one piece at a time
- We accept simultaneous submissions, but please notify us if your piece is accepted elsewhere by withdrawing it via Submittable.
- We do not accept previously published work.
- Include a short (50 word bio) in your cover letter
- In your cover letter, please note in one sentence why your work is a great fit for a queer lit journal like Gertrude
Submit up to five poems of any subject matter. There is no line limit; however, poems less than 40 lines are preferable since we are now an on-line journal. Submit all poems in a single PDF or MS Word document. Please read our back issues to get familiar with our tastes.
Subject matter need not be LGBTQA-specific; we welcome writers from all backgrounds. We accept simultaneous submissions because life is too short.
Work need not be LGBTQ in nature. We appreciate a full range of art, from installations to cartoons to video to multi-media and traditional 2D and look forward to seeing your work!