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Please note that we do not publish novels.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.

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Poetry Chapbook Guidelines:

·       Submit 25-30 pages of poetry.

·       Indicate which poems have been previously published and by whom. Unpublished poems are welcome.

·       Poetry may be of any subject matter and writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.

·       Include a cover letter.

·       Indicate how you learned of the contest in your cover letter.

·       Contest is blind judged. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on your manuscript.

·       Online submission fee $17.


The winner will receive $250 and 25 copies.

Submissions accepted June 1-August 15. 

GUEST JUDGE:
This year's judge is Duy Doan, author of We Play a Game, which won the 2017 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. His work has appeared in PoetryPoetry NorthwestSlateTriQuarterly, and elsewhere. A Kundiman fellow, he received an MFA in poetry from Boston University.

Submit one to two pieces, double-spaced, up to 3000 words, of any subject matter in any CNF form: essay, memoir, etc. Please include a word count for each piece in your cover letter.

For Book Reviews and Interviews, please query the editor by email at EditorGertrudePress@gmail.com with your proposal.

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. 

Gertrude showcases one visual artist on the cover of each annual chapbook. We will also be featuring art as galleries on our website. Please upload images or include links to website URLs in your submissions. 

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!


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This year's CNF judge is Jessica Jacobs is the author of Pelvis with Distance, winner of the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and Take Me with You, Wherever You're Going, forthcoming from Four Way Books in March 2019. Her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared or are forthcoming in publications including Orion, New England Review, The Missouri Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and the Oxford American. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock climbing instructor, bartender, editor, and professorand is now Associate editor for Beloit Poetry Journal and faculty for American Jewish University's Brandeis Collegiate Institute. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown. 

Guidelines:

* Submit 8500-10000 words of short CNF, multiple essays, or a self-contained manuscript excerpt. 

  * Submissions must be in 12pt font and double-spaced.

* Indicate which selections have been previously published and by whom. Unpublished pieces are welcome.

* Work may be of any subject matter and writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.

* Contest is blind judged. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on your manuscript.

* Indicate how you learned of the contest in your cover letter.

* $17 Online Submission Fee

The winner will receive $250 and 25 copies.

Thank you for submitting!

Ends on August 15, 2018$17.00
$17.00

This year's judge is Brontez Purnell, a writer, musician and film maker. He has been writing, performing and curating in the Bay Area for over 15 years and is the author of three books: The Cruising DiariesJohnny Would You Love Me If My Dick Were Bigger, and Since I Laid My Burden Down. He has a forthcoming children’s book and is the recipient of the 2018 Whiting Award in Fiction. 

Guidelines:

* Submit 8500-10000 words of fiction.

  * Submissions must be in 12pt font and double-spaced.

* Indicate which selections (if there are separate pieces) have been previously published and by whom. Unpublished pieces are welcome.

* Fiction may be of any subject matter and writers from all backgrounds are encouraged to submit.

* Contest is blind judged. Please DO NOT include any identifying information on your manuscript.

* Indicate how you learned of the contest in your cover letter.

* $17 Online Submission Fee
 

The winner will receive $250 and 25 copies of the chapbook.

Thank you for submitting!