Call for submissions: The Cardiff Review’s queer issue

Email-call for submissions

Since the Summer of 2016 we have been publishing the literary work of young, courageous and talented writers from across the globe, many of whom found their first writing credit with us. In fact, The Cardiff Review was founded for that very reason: to create a platform on which emerging writers could have their work read, viewed, shared and celebrated.

Of course, devoting an issue of the magazine to queer writing and queer writers is not say that other issues do not or will not feature either, but rather that we believe so strongly that filling the world with diverse voices is both impactful and important, the very least we can do is devote 72 pages to the cause.

That said, what is queer writing? Simply put, we define queer writing as literary work that is either written by someone who identifies themselves as queer, or that deals with the identities, themes, nuances, facts of life pertaining to queerness.

We’ll be reading for our queer issue until April 15, 2018. All submissions to themed issues must still abide by our submissions guidelines.

To submit:

1. Ensure that you have read our submission guidelines
2. Send your work to
3. Include Spring 2018 in the subject line of your email submission

READ PAPER REPUBLIC celebrates half-way mark with a story co-published in The Guardian and Asymptote magazine

READ PAPER REPUBLIC, as some of you shortstop readers will know, is a project run by four of us on, with the aim of raising the profile of contemporary Chinese literature. We’re publishing a short story (or essay or poem) every Thursday for a year, until June 2016, so that means we’re now at our half-way mark. Our aim has been to reach the general reader, to enable them to dip a toe in the water, so we have chosen as broad a range of stories as possible, something, we hope, to suit all tastes. You might like to read Chad Post’s review about us on his Three Percent blog on 11th December.

This week we’ve collaborated with Asymptote Journal and The Guardian newspaper: our story, “Venus”, by Taiwan’s queer writer Chen Xue, translated by Josh Stenberg, appeared simultaneously on Read Paper Republic and Asymptote (and, through Translation Tuesdays by Asymptote) in The Guardian newspaper). Asymptote have also run an interview with me about Read Paper Republic on their blog.

Our project is really gaining momentum, as more people hear about it. But don’t take my word for it. Go read the stories themselves, 27 now to choose from, free-to-view on We’ve posted some great reads!

Writing Maps’ July Writing Contest & The Big Gay Writing Map

The Big Gay Writing MapThis month’s Writing Maps Writing Contest coincides with the official launch of The Big Gay Writing Map: Story Ideas for Anyone Who’s a Little Bit Different.

The prompt for July’s Writing Contest is our toughest challenge yet! Write a sex scene without using gender-specific pronouns and without using any punctuation (except a full stop/period at the end, if you want to). This could be a story, poem, graphic story or snippet of memoir. Fiction or autobiography, SF or mis mem, erotic or academic. In 150 words, gender-neutral and punctuation-free. Enjoy!

Please make sure to view our full guidelines here or on the Writing Maps website by clicking here. In brief, the main rules are:

Entry is free. One entry per person. All genres welcome. All writers welcome. 150 words max.

Deadline is 26 July 2014.
The two winning entries will be published in A3, the Writing Maps Journal, and winners will receive 2 copies of the new Writing Map.
Good luck and good writing!