Premiere Issue Winter 2018 - transvisibility
Full Call for submissions
LGBTQ is simultaneously a great unifying moniker for a minority culture and community and is equally inadequate in capturing the range of experiences within any single part of it. Historically, various constituents of the LGBTQ community have been at the media forefront and arguably therefore representatives of the entire community. The Gay Liberation movement of the late 1960s quickly prioritized the political and social interests of gay (white) men. Lesbians were fighting alongside them in the streets and courtrooms as was the trans community, and both were largely ignored. This hierarchy of attention, access, and power has persisted for many decades.
To recognize this historical imbalance, the premiere issue of Apricot seeks submissions that celebrate transvisibility in a trans-historical context. We welcome articles and essays that reclaim time and space for forgotten trans icons. We are particularly interested in giving space to work that introduces the larger community to the work of the little known artists and scholars throughout history. For example, topics from so-called bathroom legislation to the arguable white washing of trans identity via Caitlyn Jenner and celebrity culture, and the reclamation of lost trans voices (e.g. Sylvia Rivera) are welcome.
Essays and articles should focus on issues surrounding the trans community. We encourage authors to engage critically with their subject matter; however, we do not look to publish polemics. There is responsibility to be borne, but Apricot is not interested in publishing zero-sum-game thinking.
Apricot opens up the space of peer reviewed publication. Not every idea wants to be a full length article. For Apricot, essays are 2,000-6,000 words in length. We encourage authors to use the shorter length to their benefit. An Apricot essay is a great forum to reflect on a recent performance you may have seen and its significance. Essays can also be a wonderful venue to introduce the work of artists and scholars. While not explicitly thesis driven, essays must be focused on a cohesive subject.
Articles are expected to be thesis and research driven with a length between 6,000-9,000 words. Authors are strongly encouraged to write in a style that is personal and accessible to a broad audience. Apricot is committed to bringing so-called academic writing to a larger readership. We encourage specific vocabulary when it is necessary, and equally urge you to make difficult ideas more accessible to a non-specialized audience.
We also welcome submissions of non-text based work or short creative writing pieces. At this time, we cannot accept video submissions for the journal. Non-text based submissions should still reflect the current call.