Call for Papers
Deadline: July 1, 2021
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Paradise on the Margins is an anthology by transgender women of color and trans femmes of color discussing our resistance, resilience, and worldmaking. This includes the creation of social justice movements and community institutions, the ensured survival of femmes and women of color, and the dismantling of heteropatriarchy, white supremacy, colonialism, imperialism, capitalism, and more. This anthology is a symposium, a celebration, and an exploration of our lessons and dreams.
What is paradise?
For trans women of color and trans femmes of color, paradise is whatever we need it to be. We have fought and are fighting for our survival, civil rights, and basic recognition of our humanity. The question of paradise pushes a cultural conversation into the past, present, and future. What inspires hope for us? What are our wildest dreams? What do sisterhood, feminism, and solidarity mean to us? What is the world we are building towards in 10, 20, and 50 years? Where and when is paradise, and what does it take to get there?
Format: any format, including essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, speeches, and visual art.
Genre: any genre
Length: up to 1,000 words for poetry; between 500 and 10,000 words for other formats
Who are we talking about?
Here’s our operational definition of transgender women of color and trans femmes of color: In the spirit of decolonization of gender and inclusion of folks who may not identify exclusively as transgender women, we believe that folks who experience transmisogyny are welcome to play a role in creating this much-needed anthology. This includes butch trans women of color!
This also includes more Indigenous and non-traditional gender identifications including but not limited to: bakla, hijra, fa’fafine, third gender, genderqueer, non-binary and any other gender that feels aligned with our goal.
We are not in the business of policing people’s identities so we respectfully ask that if you don’t experience transmisogyny to please look for other avenues to publish your work.
Questions to ponder:
How do transgender women and femmes of color dismantle systems of oppression and build a world that is worth living in? How have we become mothers of community and liberation?
How, in our praxis, do we further the work of social justice and civil rights movements, decolonization, and global efforts for revolution?
What battles have we won? What dreams are yet to come true? We want to know your stories. Your loves lost and found. Your wounds healed and unhealed. Your brilliant ideas, bones to pick, confessions, and everything in between.
Writers will be compensated $150 for submissions selected as chapters in the published anthology.
It is not, and never will be, our intention to utilize this anthology to benefit financially. Please see this Note from Lexi for more information.
Send submissions to by July 1, 2021