Call for Submissions

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The editor of this site, Jera Brown, is seeking personal essays for a book-length anthology. Sacred and Subversive: Queer Perspectives on the Future of Faith Communities will be published in print and ebook formats.

The anthology will be longer, more in depth versions of the kinds of content you can already find on the site: personal reflections on the intersections of sexuality, gender, and spirituality.

This anthology seeks to explore how an individual’s queerness changes their relationship to their faith or spiritual tradition (the sacred), and how embracing queer people changes faith communities (the subversive). These personal essays will show that faith communities can and are growing in unexpected ways by becoming truly queer-inclusive. But it will also depict how both faith and queer communities continue to fail and need to be called out and challenged.

No topic is taboo or off-limits. Happy endings are not required.

Anthologies with a similar feel include “Coming Out Like a Porn Star” or “Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme.”

I will be seeking a book contract after this open submissions period. If a book contract is not possible, I will Kickstart the project.

Through this anthology, I am committed to providing:

    • A significant number (preferably a majority) of essays from people of color
    • Essays spanning the broad spectrum of queer identities
    • Essays from people within marginalized faith groups, such as indigenous spiritual traditions
    • Essays from queer people with other marginalized and stigmatized identity components, such as physical disabilities and mental health issues

Submission Information:

I am looking for nonfiction essays between 1500-3000 words. Essays should feel personal, political, and accessible (i.e. non-academic).

Note: I’m also interested in interviews of the same length and feel between two LGBTIA+-identified folks of similar spiritual traditions.

Submissions should include NEW, never before published materials. If you’ve written about similar topics, feel free to expand on blog posts if the essays contain at least 40% new material.

All submissions should be typed and emailed as Microsoft Word or Google Docs to

UPDATE: Deadline extended to December 31st.

All submissions must be received by December 31, 2018. You will be notified by the end of February if your submission has been accepted to the anthology.

Submissions that cannot be placed within the anthology will still be considered for the blog.

Rights Information

Sacred and Subversive is seeking First English Anthology Rights, First World Anthology Rights, as well as Non-Exclusive Excerpt Rights (for the purposes of promoting the anthology on the website). The rights sought might change depending on the publisher and will be verified with writers accepted into the anthology.


Because I am prioritizing queer writers of color and writers with marginalized faith identities, I am committed paying all writers $75 out of my pocket for submissions accepted to the anthology and $50 for all submissions posted on the blog.

If you would like to help sponsor either the blog or the anthology, please reach out to

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