We publish only work by Lesbians. We are particularly interested in work that reflects the diversity of our experiences: as Lesbians of color, ethnic Lesbians, Jewish, Arab, old, young, working class, poverty class, disabled, and fat Lesbians. We welcome experimental work. We will not print anything that is oppressive or demeaning to Lesbians or women, or that perpetuates stereotypes. We keep an open and critical dialogue on all the issues that affect our lives, joy, and survival.

Ends on January 31, 2018
After 41 years of publishing, Sinister Wisdom is still renowned for its commitment to lesbian visibility and supporting work that keeps the word “lesbian” in bold relief. What better way to sustain our prominence than to produce an issue marking the Trump Era in lesbian history? Or marking the lesbian history of the Trump Era?

To this end, we are looking for serious, satirical, and humorous writing in various forms, e.g., essay, excerpts from correspondence, journal entries, poetry, short fiction, novel excerpts, and critical articles that reflect lesbian ideas and notions of what it will take to unseat the Trump regime.  If we are not fortunate enough to oust him before his first term is up, can we make him a “one-term” president?  We also encourage the submission of visual art, e.g., photographs, graphics, poster art, and cartoon art. In an era in which language is corrupted, concepts of the heterosexual “national family” are extolled, the “brute force” narrative dominates, difference is pathologized, and art and education are being defunded and censored, how do we still sustain literature as radical resistance? In keeping with Sinister Wisdom’s tradition of literary radicalism and legacies of resistance, we would like manuscripts that address issues of immigration for LGBTQ people, lesbians in mainstream politics, the exercise of privilege in current feminist, LGBTQ, left political organizing, fascism historically and in our midst, lesbian traditions of resisting repression, scapegoating of trans people, the price of gender nonconformity in the Trump era, racial profiling, “grab them by the pussy,” and ideas of exile.

The guest editors will curate a diversity of womyn’s voices, values, traditions, and experiences of lesbian/queer experiences of Trump as it has changed and connected generations. We encourage lesbians/queers from all races, ethnicities, ages, abilities, religions, and gender identities to submit. We will explore what Trump politics has meant to so many womyn, document its chronology, and commemorate the power of lesbian/queer art and activism against a hostile state.

We will be adhering to Sinister Wisdom’s publishing guidelines, which follow the Chicago Manual of Style. If you are not familiar with these guidelines, please contact the editors at swdumptrump@gmail.com, and we will assist with any questions you may have. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018; however, early submissions are encouraged and appreciated. Please submit electronically at www.sinisterwisdom.org/submit.

Ends on April 30, 2018

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While Landdykes’ issue (Sinister Wisdom 98: Landykes of the South) focused on the lived experiences of lesbians in rural communities, what are the lived experiences of lesbians in the city. Where do the lesbians in the city come from if and when not from the city? What propels them to move into the city? What propels you to stay in the city? What, for some of you, inspires you to leave?

This special issue is focusing on how lesbians live in the city, whether they live in the city by themselves or within intentional community. We are specifically interested in lesbians who write, draw, take photos of the transition into the city as it documents how the move into the city changes their lives. We are also interested in the lesbians who have never left the city; who help make the city a safe haven for the lesbians who move into the city from non-cities. And what about the lesbians who write about why despite the parades and the marches and the organizations, the city was not all it was for everyone who moved there, who stayed there. Not just the cities--New York, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Austin, Oakland, or San Francisco--where we’ve always been known to be. We also want to know about the cities where lesbian visibility is growing like Las Vegas, Phoenix, Miami.

While the visibility in the city sparks our interest, so too does the "disappearing dyke spaces," stories. Pulling from the Vice documentary called The Last Lesbian Bars, it's on Vice, which addresses the lack of physical spaces for lesbians to come together, how are those that built them coping? How are millennials are adapting to their absence? What are they/we using to socialize, mobilize and meeting one another? Let us know!

In sharing your stories, your photos, your drawings, your interviews, your poems, tell us how the city changed what being a lesbian means to you. Let us know if and how “the city” allows you to be a bigger, badder, lesbian. Let us know if being a lesbian was not enough when you arrived and when you settled into the city. Show us the pictures of your ‘lesbian city;’ tell the story of what a ‘lesbian city,’ would, could or should look like. Tell us why, tell us how, tell us when. Whether you’re 19 or 91, what are the lesbians in the city like? what is your lesbian experience in the city like? How did transitions in ethnic, racial, class, gender diversity change your individual and collective understanding of lesbianism? What are the negotiations you make to be a lesbian in the city you were born, in the city where you ‘came out,’ in the city where you landed?

We look forward to diversifying the face and body of lesbians riding on trains, biking on the road and moving into skyscrapers. Scrape the sky of our imagination with your creation.


All offerings of work for this issue should be made by April 30, 2018. The anticipated publication date is October 2019.



Guest Editors:


Erika Gisela Abad was born and raised in Chicago, though she’s lived in Portland, OR, Las Vegas, NV and visited NYC, Cleveland, OH, and Seattle, WA throughout her academic and political career. She will be presenting “Who will read, write or buy our happy endings,” at Clexacon and in 2016, she presented on LGBT Rican issues in Chicago at summits hosted by the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. She has supported Sinister Wisdom reviewing issues such as Landdykes, and What can I ask. She’s been published in Sinister Wisdom’s Out Latina Lesbians in 2015, among other venues such as BlazeVox, Mujeres de Maiz Identity Blinging, Black Girl Dangerous. She was a frequent performer of Portland, OR’s Dirty Queer between 2011 and 2016. She’s also been a feature for Chicago’s Surviving the Mic and for Rape Victim Advocate’s  2016 open mic. An essayist, fiction writer and scholar, she blogs at erikagabad.wordpress.com. You can follow her on Twitter @lionwanderer531.  She teaches in the Interdisciplinary, Gender and Ethnic Studies Department at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


Claudia Rodríguez, is a writer/performer from Compton. She is the author of “Everybody’s Bread,” her first published collection of s poems (Korima Press 2015). Her work has appeared in Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts in Los Angeles: An Anthology. Tia Chucha Press. 2016, Mexican American Baseball in the Pomona Valley, Baby Remember My Name: An Anthology of New Queer Girl Writing. Edited by Michelle Tea, Chicana/Latina Studies: the journal of MALCS Fall 2004 Issue. Claudia received a COLA Fellow Award from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in 2015 and a Resident Artist Award in 2014 also from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Her interests are in developing community-based art. Oral history, queer publications, youth-oriented poetry workshops, and theater are some of the genres she’s worked with over the last nineteen years. As co-founder of Butchlalis de Panochtitlan (BdP), a performance ensemble, she authored and performed sketches addressing the intersectionality of gender, immigration status, race and class and issues such as gentrification, intimate partner violence, addiction and interracial desire. 


More about Claudia Rodriguez, MFA at http://rodriguezwriter.blogspot.com


Yovani Flores was raised in Chicago’s Humboldt Park community spent childhood summer in Puerto Rico, and lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Her stories are swathed in diaspora roots, memory keeping and imaginations of a young queer girl. Flores’ debut Short Story, El Lloron was featured on NPR’s Three Minute Fiction Contest, won a second place writing Prize from Curbside Splendor Publishing, and published in The Journal of Latina/Chicana Studies. Her work appears in Acentos Review, Drunken Boat, Latino Perspectives Magazine, Repeating Islands, Esta Vida Boricua: Universidad de Puerto Rico, Mayaguez. Centro Voces: Center for Puerto Rican Studies CUNY, La Repuesta, Contributor at La Tolteca Zine, and Guest Editor at 5Q: Five Quarterly Magazine. 

Chair, AJAAS: Association de Jotería, Arts, Activism and Scholarship. 

Co-Founder, Producing Director of Mujeres del Sol. 

Co-Founder, Las Pilonas Productions, supporting actor in Thresholds, an Award Winning short film by Las Pilonas Productions, Directed by Linda Garcia Merchant, Co-Producers, Writers Yovani Flores, Evon Flores Barrera, Linda Garcia Merchant.  

Ends on January 31, 2018


Lesbian Learning: how do lesbians learn? What do lesbians learn, and what do they teach? Lesbians in educational settings have often been villainized, both as student and teacher. Lesbian students may encounter different obstacles than their heterosexual counterparts, and lesbian teachers are often characterized as menacing or corrupt. Yet, lesbians have been teachers and learners in a wide range of education settings, from formal classrooms to informal types of mentoring. This issue of Sinister Wisdom, projected for publication in 2019, will encompass a variety of interpretations of lesbian how-to. Guest editor LB Johnston invites creative responses to Lesbian Learning in the form of stories, poems, essays, creative non-fiction, visual art (one or two pieces of art for the cover will be selected as well as works in black and white for the interior). Organizing questions for this issue include: How do lesbians learn? What do lesbians learn? What do lesbians teach? Inside and outside of academia? Arts, skills, relational lessons, backpacking trips; what is something new that your body or mind has learned to do or taught someone else to do? What about different learning styles and abilities? Different teaching abilities? For this issue of Sinister Wisdom we invite positive representation of lesbians of all abilities teaching, learning, and developing new skills. What do lesbians learn in church settings? What do lesbians learn from each other? What do lesbians teach others? As a theme, Lesbians Learning, can be interpreted literally or can simply be a starting point to develop your own concept of learning, and what that looks like. Thank you in advance for allowing us to learn with you!

LB Johnston is a native of Louisiana. She received her M.A. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, Center for Writers in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and her B.A. in Art from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. Her visual art has been exhibited in numerous shows in Jackson, Mississippi, and her short stories and non-fiction essays have been published by The Rumpus, Sinister Wisdom, and The Fem.
Submit through Sinister Wisdom’s online submissions portal by January 15, 2018 for projected publication in 2019.

Ends on July 30, 2018

Writing collectives/groups have played an integral part in lesbian literary history, and this special issue of Sinister Wisdom seeks to interrogate the role they have played in supporting our personal writing, as well as their impact on the larger lesbian literary community. In this issue of Sinister Wisdom, guest editors S. (Stephanie) Andrea Allen and Lauren Cherelle are seeking personal essays, stories, interviews, oral histories, poetry, short academic papers, and other original writing and art focused on lesbian writing collectives.

Organizing questions for this issue include: What lesbian writing collectives have supported your writing? How do lesbian literary collectives help foster your creativity? How have lesbian writing collectives helped to improve your writing/writing journey? What has been your experience facilitating or hosting writing collectives? How does your collective find members? What are the guiding principles of your writing collective? How do lesbian writing collectives counter systems of oppression? What challenges has your writing collective/group faced? How have you addressed those challenges? What lessons can we learn from lesbian writing collectives/groups of the past? What technological innovations have you used to create/facilitate/host your writing collective? Has your writing collective/group collaborated with other writing collectives? How has your writing collective supported your local community? We are especially interested in hearing about your successes and your accomplishments, so tell us what has worked, but don’t be afraid to tell us what didn’t.

Submit to Sinister Wisdom's themed issue on Lesbian Writing Collectives by July 30, 2018.

Guest Editors:

S. (Stephanie) Andrea Allen, Ph.D., is a native southerner and out Black lesbian writer, scholar, and educator. She is Founder and Publisher at BLF Press, an author-centered, independent, Black feminist press dedicated to amplifying the work of women of color; and recently co-founded the Black Lesbian Literary Collective “as a collaborative effort among women with shared cultural experiences who desire a nurturing and productive writing setting.” She is the author of A Failure to Communicate (BLF Press, 2017), a collection of short fiction and essays, and co-edited Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction (BLF Press, 2016), and Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color (BLF Press, 2017).

Stephanie holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Purdue University, a M.A. in English from Auburn University, and a B.A. in English from Columbus State University. Her scholarship examines the marginalization of Black lesbian cultural productions and the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality that contribute to the marginalization of Black lesbians in popular and literary culture.

Lauren Cherelle uses her time and talents to traverse imaginary and professional worlds. She manages and writes for Resolute Publishing, an independent publisher that helps transform dreams into realities for women. Lauren co-edited Solace: Writing, Refuge, and LGBTQ Women of Color (2017) and co-directs the Black Lesbian Literary Collective. She is the author of the f/f novel, The Dawn of Nia (2016), and she has written short stories for Lez Talk: A Collection of Black Lesbian Short Fiction (2016) and G.R.I.T.S: Girls Raised in the South — An Anthology of Queer Womyn’s Voices & Their Allies (2013). Her stories reflect the lives of Southern Black girls and women.

Lauren holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee and writing certifications from the University of Louisville. During the week, she works in nonprofit development. On the weekends, she hangs up her fundraising hat to focus on personal writing and family. Join Lauren on Twitter: @laurencre8s and @blacklesfic.

NOTE: Sinister Wisdom is filled for 2014. You may continue to submit work - and we will continue to accept work, but it will be for publication in 2015 and beyond.

Material may be in any style or form, or combination of forms.

Maximum: five poems, two short stories or essays, OR one longer piece of up to 5,000 words.

Please proofread your work carefully; do not send us changes after the deadline.

Please send a short contributor biography between 25 and 125 words with your submission.



We use three pieces of full-color visual art each year for the cover of the journal. We invite visual artists to submit .jpg or .gif files of their work for consideration through Submittable.

If your work is selected, you will have to provide us high-quality .tiff files to print the cover.

We print black and white images in the pages of the journal and invite artists to submit black and white images as .jpg or .gif files for consideration. Again, if work is selected, you will have to provide us with high-quality.tiff files to print inside the pages of the journal.