Second Issue Deadline 10 July 2018

Hi all!

We’re very excited to announce that the deadline to submit to our second issue is set for 10 JULY 2018! 

Following the success of our debut, we’re extremely excited to see what excellent and creative contributions we will receive in the coming weeks. If you submitted to our debut issue and were unsuccessful, please don’t be discouraged! You are more than welcome to submit again.

As always, we are seeking submissions with an LGBT+ focus and encourage writers and artists of all backgrounds to experiment with representation. It is important for LGBT+ people to see themselves in mainstream literature and we hope that this will provide an opportunity for writers of all backgrounds to practise writing LGBT+ characters.

Happy creating, everyone! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

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A note from the editor

Dear readers,

Thank you so much for supporting our startup endeavour! Creating this magazine has been a wild and exciting ride and we feel so honoured to be able to give our wonderful authors an uncensored platform for expression.

Our mission is to continue providing this space for LGBT+ content creation from those both within and outwith the LGBT+ community. We want to create a safe space for non-LGBT+ writers to experiment with representation and expand their repertoires to include LGBT+ characters, elements, and experiences within their writing and art. It is our hope that PLUS+ will attract such writers while also providing something of an archive of content in which LGBT+ people can see themselves portrayed. We believe that providing this space for growth will allow authors to develop confidence in representing LGBT+ people and encourage them to incorporate these elements in their future publishing endeavours.

With this in mind, we are in the process of developing a new tagline as “run by and for LGBT+ writers” does not accurately convey our mission statement going forward.

Once again, we’d like to thank our contributors and supporters. We couldn’t have created this magazine without you. Details on deadlines for our upcoming issue will be available soon so watch this space!

Adrian Scott
PLUS+ Editor

Every Time by Alice Helliwell

I’m standing with her at a party and we’re holding hands. We’re chatting and laughing and over you come and assert yourself. You insert yourself into our bubble and offer yourself up on a plate. A ménage-à-trois you say, the “French speciality”, one not served in restaurants. You ignore me as I brush off your comments, and approach her again when I’m out of the way. I come over and you laugh at me, my concern mixed with fear a joke.Read More »

Evolution of a Love Poem by Nadia Neman

I

I loved you before I knew who you were

before my eyes could form your image

your supple breast sustained me

pink

raw

you sustain me still

and for that, I’ll love you forever.

V

you said we were like sisters

velvet brown skin

I tried to kiss you once

with licorice breath

you said girls don’t kiss girls

I said okay.

XII

tall.

lanky.

acne scars

first boy I thought I loved

too plain for me now

too plain for me then

they told me I didn’t deserve much.

XVI

a forest’s shadow on your face

soft-spoken boy

I tried to kiss you once

to push through the brush

the evergreen

you said you don’t kiss girls

I said okay.

I wept.

XVIII

perfect skin,

hands,

lips

gentle and solid

soft and loud

first boy I truly loved

I jumped off a ledge for you

and tumbled down

I still

    haven’t

reached

    the ground.

XIX

I wanted to be done

cruel boy

I thought you loved me

I thought I loved you

a dull, constant pain

I never did love you

I hope your pain is sharp.

XX

soft,

curvy,

radiating

dream girl

I tried to kiss you once

in soft light’s glow

you said you don’t kiss girls

I said okay.

but I watched you walk away

your hips swinging like a hypnotist’s watch.


Nadia Neman is a student at the University of Richmond studying English, French, History, and Arabic. Her main area of study is early twentieth century literature and history, especially focusing on Arab, Francophone, and American literatures. She identifies as pansexual and enjoys delving into queer theory as often as her schedule allows.

I am not my vagina by Parker Diaz

My vagina didn’t become important until I realized I wasn’t a woman. As a woman, no one cared about my vagina unless they wanted to play with it or I wanted to run for office. But once I told everyone that I’m not a woman – well everybody wanted to get all up in there. They wanted to poke and prod and prove it was still there. They wanted to make sense of me, to categorize me, and my vagina was the key to the mystery.Read More »