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.

Disabled and d/Deaf Dykes have always been at the forefront of the movements for greater access and rights for all disabled and d/Deaf people. Sinister Wisdom invites and welcomes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and genre-bending works from all disabled and/or d/Deaf Lesbians. As long as you identify as disabled--including mental illness and chronic illness--and Lesbian, we'd love the chance to read your work.

Write to us about dis/ability, how your lesbian and disabled identities intersect. Show us your stories about how, to quote long-time disability activist and out lesbian Connie Panzarino, "Trached dykes eat pussy without coming up for air."

Tell us about your embodied and dis-embodied experiences, the horrors or joys of the medical vs. social models of disability. Your mobility aids as sites of embodied pleasure.

Share your #DisLit and #CripLit and #ActuallyAutistic words with us, your crip futurities and your radical accessibility.

Submit by May 31, 2020.

Guest Editor: Valerie Wetlaufer is a disabled lesbian poet and adjunct professor. She is the author of Call Me by My Other Name and Mysterious Acts by My People, winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry. She holds a PhD in Literature from the University of Utah, and an MFA in Poetry from Florida State University. Valerie teaches at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


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.

NOTE: Sinister Wisdom is filled for 2018 and 2019. You may continue to submit work - and we will continue to accept work, but it will be for publication in 2020 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.

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