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Queerly Lit

Shining The Light on LGBTQ Authors and Stories

LGBTQ book proposal submissions accepted from January 1-31 2017.

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From the Stonewall riots in the 1960s to the legalisation of gay marriage in 2015, the fight for LGBTQ rights has seen some progress over the years. We’re lovers of all things rainbow and proud supporters of equal rights for all, but it remains clear that true equality is still a long way ahead.

Anti-gay laws in Russia allow for the torture of gay teenagers and the detention of foreign citizens believed to be gay or “pro-gay”. Similar discriminatory laws in Africa mean increasing persecution and violence against the LGBTQ communities there. Today, there are still more than 75 countries where homosexuality remains criminalised despite growing international support for change.

Publishizer is a platform that wants to find and amplify LGBTQ voices. More colours in the rainbow spectrum of our existence needs to be represented and seen. Already, that list of letters keeps growing because human sexuality and gender identity are incredibly diverse and dynamic. Last we checked, it stood at LGBTQIAPK, and we bet there are folks out there who still aren’t covered by all those letters!

We believe that it’s important to have continuous dialogue for a more inclusive society. Create your own definition if none exists for you, because there are others out there - just like you - who need to hear your story to know they are not alone.

Do you identify as an LGBTQ author, or are you writing stories with LGBTQ themes and characters? Submit both fiction and nonfiction book proposals here in the month of January.

Just know that we love you the way you are, and we really want to hear what you have to say. Aim to submit your entries earlier, or by January 15 to ensure enough time for approval and launch.


Important Dates

Accepting submissions: 1 Jan 2017 00:00 EST

Closing date: 31 Jan 2017, 23:59 EST

Results: 19 March 2017

Prize: US$2000


Official Rules

  1. Only one entry per person is allowed for each contest. Any entrant who enters more than one entry per contest will be disqualified.
  2. All entries must be book proposals written in english and 1000 words long. Publishizer will only accept unpublished works for all contests. If an entry has previously been published in any way, the entry will be disqualified.
  3. Contest entries must be submitted, approved and launched online on Publishizer within the specified month of each contest to qualify. Publishizer will begin accepting entries at midnight EST on the 1st of each contest month, and close for submissions at 23:59 EST on the last day of that month.
  4. Each contest has a cash prize of USD2000 and may be subject to local, state and federal taxes. The prizes are not transferable, and the winner is responsible for all tax payments, international chargers, transfer fees and/or monetary currency conversion charges related to all cash prizes. Publishizer will only be responsible for the original cash prize amounts, not responsible for any additional costs, monetary transfers, charges or fees imposed between a financial or governmental institutions and the winner.
  5. Each campaign will have a total of 45 days, and the entry with the most number of pre-orders sold in 45 days wins the cash prize of USD2000.
  6. The winner will be notified by email 45 days after the contest closing date, and receive information on when, where and how the prize can be collected. If the winner cannot be contacted or does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, Publishizer reserves the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner, which will the book proposal with the next highest number of pre-orders sold within 45 days.
  7. Publishizer takes only a 30% commission of all pre-order sales at the end of the crowd-publishing campaign. The commission on pre-order sales is final and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. Publishizer takes no commission from future deal authors make with publishers, nor cuts from future book sales after the crowd-publishing campaign has ended.
  8. In the event of a tie, the winner will be determined by the campaign with the most number of readers registered on their campaign. If the number of readers are tied as well, the tied campaigns will have a further 24 hours to obtain more readers. The campaign with the most readers at the end of the 24 hours wins.
  9. Book proposals that do not respect the Publishizer guidelines may be rejected. In the event of a rejected proposal, no correspondence relating to the contest will be entered into.
  10. By entering any of the Publishizer book proposal contests, an entrant agrees to abide by and be subject under Publishizer general terms and conditions and the Publishizer book proposal contest official rules.
  11. Any “spamming”, harassment, suspicious or offensive behaviour and/or inappropriate use of the Publishizer website or email address is strictly forbidden. Publishizer reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of the official rules and terms and condition. Any entrant deemed to be engaged in any fraudulent and/or suspicious activity will prompt an immediate disqualification of that party’s submission(s) into all past, present and future contests.
  12. Publishizer shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, and such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.
  13. Publishizer reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control, or if it is deemed that a contest received insufficient entries.
  14. Only the number of preorders and readers registered on the campaign within 45 days of the launch date of the campaign will count towards the contest.
  15. Anyone may participate. There are no purchase requirement or entry fee to enter any of the Publishizer book proposal contests. 

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