Call for Submissions: Trans Fan Fic for Public Domain Works - (Expired)

Calls for Submissions For Writers

This one sounds fun. Note that there is no payment because it’s a charity anthology. When donating work to any charity drive, you should still ask for a contract and have some way of tracking that the money goes where organizers say it will go.

In partnership with Trans Lifeline, Carnation Books will be publishing an anthology of all-new short stories featuring characters from classic literature reimagined as transgender.

100% of the net profits from this project will be donated directly to Trans Lifeline (, which is a suicide prevention hotline for all people who identify as transgender or otherwise gender-nonconforming.

Here’s where you come in: we need your stories!

Maybe you’re a writer yourself. If that’s the case, I’d love for you to submit a piece for consideration! The guidelines are as follows:

  • The story must be a fanwork for a work in the public domain. To determine whether a work is public domain, consult this chart [link].
    (Most works published prior to 1923 are in the public domain, but please double check before beginning your story.)
  • The story must be between 1,000 and 10,000 words.
  • One (or more!) of the characters must be transgender, nonbinary, genderqueer, genderfluid, agender, or otherwise gender nonconforming. Characters of all non-cisgender identities are welcome for inclusion.
  • You, the author, do not need to be gender-nonconforming in order to submit a story. Writers of all gender identities, including cisgender writers, are welcome to submit stories.
  • The story must address the gender identity of the character.
  • Romance is not required, but is welcome. Erotica is also welcome.
  • Due to the sensitive nature of Trans Lifeline’s work, no character deaths are permitted, including implied/”offscreen” character deaths and terminally ill characters. (This guideline applies only to this anthology.)
  • Characters with disabilities, chronic illnesses, and/or mental health challenges are welcome.
  • The story must have a happy or hopeful ending! This is an absolute requirement 🙂

The deadline for submission is March 31st, 2017.

This is a charity anthology. Authors donate the use of their work for a year, and proceeds go to Trans LifeLine.


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