Sunday, June 17, 2007

Here's my new call for submissions, yay the call for submissions!!!! -- please forward far and wide...

flaming challenges to masculinity, objectification and the desire to conform


As back rooms are shut down to make way for wedding vows, and gay sexual culture becomes little more than straight-acting dudes hangin’ out, where are the possibilities for a defiant faggotry that challenges the assimilationist norms of a world that wants us dead?

Masculine ideals have long reigned supreme in male sexual spaces, from the locker room to the tea room, the bars to the back alleys to the beaches. But is there something more brutal and dehumanizing about the calculated hyperobjectification of the internet? How do we confront the limits of transaction sexuality, where scorn becomes “just a preference,” lack of respect is assumed, and lying is a given? How can we create something splendid and intimate from that universe of shaking and moaning and nervous glances turned inward now groaning?

I'm especially interested in essays about community-building experiments, public sexual cultures, faggots not socialized or presenting as male, cruising, HIV, consumerism, transfaggotry, polyamory, feminism, sexual safety and risk-taking, norms for faggots outside of the US, and gender transgression (of course). I'm looking for essays that expose hierarchies of gender, age, race, nationality, class, body type, ability, sexuality and other identity categories instead of imposing fascistic definitions based on beauty myth consumer norms. That's right, honey -- I'm talking about interventions that are dangerous and lovely, just like you.

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore is the editor, most recently, of Nobody Passes: Rejecting the Rules of Gender and Conformity (Seal/Avalon, 2007) and an expanded second edition of That’s Revolting! Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation (Soft Skull, forthcoming June 2008). Her second novel, So Many Ways to Sleep Badly, will be published by City Lights in September 2008. For more on Mattilda, visit

The basics:

*Submit non-fiction essays of up to 6,000 words. All submissions must be typed and double-spaced, and sent by post (no email submissions, but feel free to contact me with queries, Please include a short bio.

*Deadline is May 15, 2008.

*Send submissions to:

Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
537 Jones Street, #3152
San Francisco, CA 94102



D. said...

mattilda darlin, the deadline for submission is in 2006? oh dear!


ps. got your letter! am still thinking about my response. thank you thank you!

mattilda a.k.a. matt bernstein sycamore said...

Oh, no -- what a disaster! Sometimes I hate voice activation software, 2006 two dozen eight 2006 2008 2008 2006 -- well now it's kind of working, too bad I put 2006 on the fucking flyers!

Anyway, thanks for catching this!

Love --

mattilda a.k.a. matt bernstein sycamore said...

Oh, wait -- I truly am braindead this early in the morning, I almost is the deadline to 2008 -- now it's 2007 2007 2007 2007 -- that kind of sounds more like 2006, maybe explains the voice activation software error, or maybe it's just my air (that's error, thank you software) anyway...

But again, thanks so much for catching it!!!!!

Love --

James said...

I'll try to come up with something to submit, but I've sent stuff before only to be turned down. Not that I'm bitter or anything! :-)

Have a good October.

mattilda bernstein sycamore said...

James, great to hear from you-- I look forward to it!