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Open Calls

The true genesis of the project that would eventually become DPL, x/y was a zine that ran from 2018-2020, providing a platform for trans and gender-diverse artists to share their work, be it poetry, prose, visual art, or anything else that could conceivably be reproduced in a printed form. Rebooted in 2023 with new numbering, x/y is open to anyone who identifies as trans (or to those who are seeking a platform to explore their relationship to gender but aren't quite sure how they identify). Don't be afraid to send us your weirdest, most challenging work, and interpret the theme however you wish; we are not interested merely in neat and tidy trans stories about representation and empowerment, but in representing the totality of the trans experience, scars and all. Though we are not currently able to pay for submissions for x/y, we hope to see this change for future issues. For now, you will receive both a contributor's copy of the zine and a printable PDF so that you can print as many copies as you want. Submissions are currently open until July 21st for publication in August.

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Closed Calls

x/y: a junk drawer of trans voices, issue #3:
invention & deconstruction

 

Come and taste the seeds...

The Dionysian Public Library cordially invites you to submit to our second anthology, Propagate: Fruits from the Garden, a collection of meditations on environmental and ecological themes. We are open to all forms of creative work on the topic of our relationship to the land, including poetry, personal and academic essays, and fiction, though we will only be able to accept visual submissions which are optimized for black and white printing. There is no hard word limit, but somewhere around 8,000 words is a good ballpark for the maximum—that said, if you have something a bit longer, feel free to shoot it our way and we'll be happy to take a look. 

This anthology will be edited by Fritz Dries, Ju Collins, and v.f. thompson, and is being produced in association with Western Michigan University's Office of Sustainability. At this point, we are only able to offer contributor's copies as compensation, but hope to be able to change that with ancillary fundraising closer to launch. Submissions are open now through May 25th, for release on Midsummer (June 24th) 2024.

Propagate: Fruits from the Garden
 

The Vineyard

The Vineyard is our biannual unthemed zine, open to all and published in the spring and fall. The zine is be available in both digital form available available for free and as a printed copy available for purchase. There are roughly forty pages of space available, so shorter pieces will have a higher chance of being accepted, though if you feel confident in a longer piece don't hesitate to send it our way. Poetry, prose, visual art*, or anything weirder you have up your sleeves—send it our way.  Though we are not currently able to pay for submissions for The Vineyard, we hope to see this change for future issues. For now, you will receive both a contributor's copy of the zine and a printable PDF so that you can print as many copies as you want. The Vineyard is currently CLOSED for submissions and will reopen in August for publication later this year. 

General Submission Guidelines

Prose, poetry, and other written work should be submitted as either a .doc, .docx, or .rtf format. Prose should be formatted in something approaching Shunn Manuscript Format, though deviations from this format will not disqualify you. After all, who are we to tell you what to do with your work. We have no guidelines or restrictions on content, and in fact hope to see your most challenging work, should you trust us with it. Other than that, we're pretty loosey-goosey with what we're hoping to see.

Please send your work to dionysianpubliclibrary@gmail.com, including your name, a few details about your piece, and a short third-person bio with any relevant social media links. Simultaneous and multiple submissions welcomed. 

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