Monday, December 26, 2016

Call for Submissions to Anthology about Conversion Therapy: Jane's Boy Press


Vice President Elect of the United States Mike Pence has been a proponent of conversion therapy (AKA reparative therapy), though such "therapy" has been ruled unsuccessful and potentially damaging by the APA: “Therapy directed at specifically changing sexual orientation is contraindicated, since it can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation.” Jane’s Boy Press seeks poetry and nonfiction submissions for an anthology to share the stories of LGBTIQ people who have experienced or been closely affected by conversion therapy. The anthology, scheduled for publication in the fall of 2017, will be edited by Dustin Brookshire and Beth Gylys.

Submit up to two previously unpublished poems (max of two pages per poem) or one essay of no more than 5000 words via email to:

standagainstconversionATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

All submissions should be received by 11:59pm on Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Contributors should identify as someone who has experienced conversion therapy or been closely affected by it. Poems / essays must explore the effects of conversion therapy. Payment will be in the form of a contributor’s copy.

Direct questions to:

standagainstconversionATgmailDOTcom (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )

Read more about conversion therapy here:

Dustin Brookshire is the author of To The One Who Raped Me (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2012), a chapbook that explores taboo truths that are too-often unspoken and which chronicles a journey from victim to survivor. Dustin is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet whose work has appeared in Assaracus, Whiskey Island, OCHO, Oranges & Sardines, SubtleTea, Ouroboros, and Qarrtsiluni as well as the anthologies The Queer South: LGBTQ Writers on the American South (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2014) and Divining Divas: 100 Gay Men on Their Muses (Lethe Press, 2012).

Beth Gylys A professor of English and Creative Writing at Georgia State University, Beth has published three award-winning books of poetry, Sky Blue Enough to Drink, (Grayson Books, 2015), Spot in the Dark (Ohio State UP, 2004) and Bodies that Hum (Silverfish Review Press, 1999) and two chapbooks Matchbook (La Vita Poetica Press, 2007) and Balloon Heart (Wind Press, 1998). Awarded fellowships and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, La Muse and La Centre D'art i Natura de Farrera, she has work published or forthcoming in many anthologies and journals including Rattle, Barrow Street, Paris Review, Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares.

Founded in 2014, Jane's Boy Press is dedicated to publishing the best of new, emerging, and established poets. We seek to do this through a series of full-length collections as well as chapbooks. We understand the importance of the chapbook in helping new writers make an impression on a reading market, so we apply the same focus to our chapbook releases that we do to our full-length collections.

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