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.
Asian Lesbians! Do you feel invisible to other queer women or Asian lesbians? Isolated? Happy? Charismatic? Shy? Defiant? Modest? Soft-spoken? Boisterous? Empowered? Helpless? Bold? Bald? Not Asian enough? Disconnected? Tom-boyish? Androgynous? Academically Sapphic? Retired?
Sinister Wisdom invites and welcomes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, art, and genre-bending works from all Asian Lesbians: American-born Asians, South Asians, Southeast Asians, East Asians, etc. We welcome work from Asians Lesbians in the States and all over the world written predominately in English.
If you are lesbian and Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Pakistani, Bangledeshi, Sri Lankan, Nepalese, Afghan, Mongolian, Taiwanese, Korean, Hong Kongese, Macanese, Cambodian, Thai, Laotian, Singaporean, Malaysian, Pilipino, Indonesian, Burmese, Timorese, etc, please submit to us.
If your Sapphic work deals with Asian desire, fetishism, straightness camouflaging, homophobia, genocide, fasting, seclusion, negation, invisibility, confusion, arranged marriages, bisexuality, Daoism, Christianity, Taoism, Muslimism, Buddhism, Confucianism, negative stereotypes such as apathetic, outsourcing, “Geisha Girl,” or “perpetual foreigners”, please submit to us.
If your work is Asian, Sapphic, healthy and happy, please submit to us.
If your work is Asian, Sapphic, erotic, scholarly, secular, graphic, phantastical, haiku-ic, asexual, sassy, nuptial, eye-opening, monochromatic, please submit to us.
If your work deals with Asian Sapphic suicide, public flogging for having lesbian sex in a car, mung bean cakes, compassion, defecation and rape, nail salons, criminalized Asian lesbianism, avocado sushi rolls, dry-cleaning, cancer, impotence, astrology, lentil, naan, and chickpeas, and everything else please submit your work to us.
If you (mis) identify yourself as bamboo ceiling lesbians, not-a-model-minority due to your excessive or non-excessive lesbianism, facial whitening, please submit to us.
If you think you are not submissive or obedient, but you are Sapphic and Asian, please submit your work to us. If you think you are blissfully complacent and shy, please submit your work to us anyway.
If you work addresses Asian culture, music, food, travel, and Sapphic mail-in brides, please submit to us.
If you know someone who is Asian & lesbian, please encourage them to submit their work to us.
If you are Asian & lesbian, and your work does not deal with any of the above topics, desires, foie gras, martial arts, please submit to us regardless.
If you are Asian & lesbian, please submit poetry, visual art, comics, photographs, anime and films (screenshots only), interviews, academic anecdotes or notes, fiction, non-fiction, and genre-bending works to Sinister Wisdom through Submittable.
Images should .jpg or .tif files only, and be of print resolution, sized at least 300 ppi (pixels per inch).
The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2019. The anticipated publication date for this issue is in 2020.
Guest Editor: Vi Khi Nao. Born in Long Khanh, Vietnam, Vi is the author of Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018) and Umbilical Hospital (Press 1913, 2017), and of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and the poetry collection, The Old Philosopher, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014 and is a finalist for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award. Her work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. Her stories, poems, and drawings have appeared in NOON, Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review and BOMB, among others. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University.
To Be a Jewish Dyke in the 21st Century: A New Sinister Wisdom Jewish Lesbian Issue
Every generation of Jews experiences their times as fraught with questions of identity and allegiances. We come from long traditions that are radical as well as conservative, religious and secular, defiant and assimilationist – and resisting binary categories altogether.
Sinister Wisdom asked us, Judith Katz and Elana Dykewomon (bios below), to take a fresh look at contemporary Jewish Dykes, in the spirit of the earlier anthologies, Nice Jewish Girls (1982, Evelyn Torton Beck, ed.) and The Tribe of Dina (1986, Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz and Irena Klepfisz, eds.).
Much to our individual amazement, we agreed. So this is a call to Jewish Lesbians, Dykes & Queer Women and these are some of our questions – to which we hope you will have answers. Or at least, great questions to ask back.
• How do we remember, honor, and engage with Jewish activists & writers who came before us (can we go back further than the lesbian Pauline Newman, who ran for Congress on the Socialist Ticket in 1918?)?
• How do we deal with/conceptualize zionism and the rights of the Palestinian people in these fraught, divisive, and infuriating times?
• What kinds of relationships do Jews of Color and Jews with white skin privilege have with/to each other? With larger Jewish and activist communities? Within our own networks?
• How do working class Jewish dykes see themselves in our larger Jewish and activist communities and networks?
• How do we perceive and deal with anti-Semitism coming from both the right and left? What kind of strategies can we use to counter that?
• What is the place of art in our activist lives: as makers, as audience, as resisters?
• What issues concern young Jewish dykes – how are they defining alliances and community?
• What role does being an observant Jew play in our activism? In our lives? What does it mean to be a Jew outside of traditional Jewish centers of culture and practice?
Looking toward answers for these and any other questions you can pose. We welcome poetry, prose, memoir, essays, short stories, fiction, songs, and visual art by Jewish Lesbians, Dykes & Queer Women (2,000 word limit).
So that's a start. Our call. Your response. Check out http://www.sinisterwisdom.org/node/16 for style guidelines.
Submit manuscripts through Submittable by February 28, 2019
Elana Dykewomon, a long-time social justice activist and teacher, has published eight books foregrounding lesbian heroism, including the award-winning novels Riverfinger Women (Daughters, Inc and Naiad Press), Beyond the Pale (Press Gang and Raincoast Books), Risk (Bywater Books) and most recently, What Can I Ask – New & Selected Poems 1975-2014 (Sinister Wisdom Sapphic Classics). She is currently working on a play about lesbian community and the right to die. From 1987-94 she was an editor of Sinister Wisdom and experiences both apprehension and excitement at the prospect of editing another issue.
Judith Katz is the author of two published novels, each first published by Firebrand Books in the 1990's, then reissued recently by Bywater Books: Running Fiercely Toward a High Thin Sound which won a Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction, and The Escape Artist, which seeks to remind us of the place of Jewish lesbians in our history and our historical imaginations. She is currently trying to wrestle her third novel to the ground, and working on a longer non-fiction piece about her brother's unexpected death in 2005. Editing this issue of Sinister Wisdom is a challenge I look forward to with pleasure!
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.