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Identity Envy: Wanting to be Who We're Not

As lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transsexuals, we grow up feeling like outsiders, without always knowing why. Many times, we develop an attachment to a different race, religion, ethnicity, nationality, class, or HIV status as we wrestle with this feeling of displacement. We're looking for personal essays exploring this phenomenon. Were you a Jew wanting to participate in Catholic ritual? A WASP who desperately wanted to be a Jew? A white kid desiring to be black? A poor kid who just knew they were secretly adopted royalty? We're looking for humorous and serious nonfiction pieces about growing up or being grown up. We want stories that explore the dynamics of what makes queer wannabees wannabee.

We are accepting submissions of nonfiction essays of 2500-8500 words by snail mail and by email until September 30, 2004. It is our goal to make this an excellent anthology representing a broad spectrum of queer writers. For that reason, we strongly encourage women and transgendered writers and writers of color to submit.

There will be a payment for accepted contributions. We are currently in negotiation with a publisher, but do not have the details yet.

For snail mail: send double-spaced, single-sided manuscripts to:

Jim Tushinski
67925 Foothill Road
Cathedral City, CA 92234

Email submissions should be sent either as text in the body of an email or as an attachment. Attachments must be either text-only files or Word documents. For Windows users, please save your Word document in Word 6.0/95 format. For Mac users, please save your Word document in Word X or any earlier Word for Mac format.

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about the editors:

Jim Tushinski is the author of the novel Van Allen's Ecstasy (Harrington Park Press) and the director and writer of the short film Jan-Michael Vincent is My Muse. His short fiction, book reviews, and essays have appeared in literary journals and newspapers across North America.

Jim Van Buskirk is co-author of Gay by the Bay (Chronicle Books, 1996) and Program Manager of the James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center at the San Francisco Public Library. His writing has appeared in a variety of books, newspapers, magazines, journals, websites, and radio broadcasts.