Please read our content guidelines below. 


The Process

1. Review our Submission Guidelines

2. Submit a pitch (brief summary) of your piece / project using the form at the bottom of this page

3. We review all pitches, accept 2 articles & 6 personal experiences (Cover Story), or 2 short-stories (Fiction)

4. You work through 2 or 3 drafts with our editors over the next 3-4 weeks

5. We publish your work on our pages and social media channels

6. You get paid. See below for Compensation Rates. 



Use the submission form below to send your pitch to Niq Johnson PhD, Managing Editor, Cover Story.   

A collection of content surrounding a common monthly theme. All content for the Cover Story should follow the scheduled themes for each month (below, in this section). We accept content in two (2) main categories: Deep Dives, and Stories of Us (see below sections for detail). Each Cover Story has two (2) Deep Dives, six (6) Stories of Us, and one (1) Community Conversation. The Deep Dives represent Scholarship, the Stories of Us represent Community Knowledge, and the Community Conversations represent those folks doing work in our communities--they are all equally valuable, and go hand-in-hand to inform each other. 


July | TOUCH: Intimacy, sexual health, and stigma for Queer & Trans People of Color (CLOSED)

August | CRAVE: The conversation on desirability as it applies to dating & romance, skin tone & bodies, representation in media (CLOSED)

September | X: Intersecting identities, language, geography, defining Latinidad, and the fragile unity of Latinx groups, all from Latinx LGBTQ+ voices (CLOSED)

October | BODY: On body acceptance at it applies to self love, health, dysphoria, presentation, and representation in media (CLOSED)

November | TWO-SPIRIT: Uplifting Native LGBTQ+ voices and the complex conversations in the Two-Spirit community during Native American Heritage Month and Transgender Awareness Week (proposals due 9/22)

December | DIASPORA: A discussion of global migrations, displacement, assimilation, and connections to home countries & culture (proposals due 10/26)

2019 schedule coming soon. 


The deep dives

Scholarship. Longer articles focusing on history, context, reporting, analysis, and related discussion into some chosen topic. Submissions should include 1) subject-related photo, 2) supporting links within the text (or footnote citations), 3) 1200-2000 word article. Minimum 80% third-person reporting, max 20% personal stories--please keep personal, first-person narratives within these pieces to a minimum. Deep Dives must meet editorial guidelines, gain editorial approval, and follow our 2-draft editing process. Here are some examples of Deep Dives from several past Cover Stories (click to view): X, CRAVE, TOUCH, REMODEL, MIND, BLACK



Community Knowledge. Mid-range personal essays and first-person stories by QTPoC individuals on their own lived experiences and relationships to any topic. These submissions should include 1) essay-related photo, 2) 600-800 word personal essay. Minimum 80% first-person narrative and experience, maximum 20% context and analysis. Stories of Us must meet editorial guidelines, gain editorial approval, and follow our 2-draft editing process. Here are some examples of Stories of Us from several past Cover Stories (click to view): X, TOUCH, REMODEL, EARTH, MIND, ELDERS


Community Conversations

The Work. These are interviews (audio or video with transcript, or written) or open essays related to the Cover Story theme from community leaders, organizers, activists, and academics who are doing work directly in our communities. Here are two examples from these recent Cover Stories: CRAVE, REMODEL




Use the submission form below to pitch to Mark Oshiro, Fiction Editor.

We will feature TWO works of fiction (in any genre) each month. Fiction short stories will not exceed 5,000 words, and if a submission is accepted, you will go through a round or two of editorial guidance before your work is published. Unlike other submissions to EFNIKS, short stories do NOT need to match the monthly Cover Story theme. Compensation for any short story, regardless of length, is $75 ($100 in September). View our FICTION page.



Write to Kyle Lopez, Poetry Editor, at

EFNIKS will publish up to three poems each month by three different poets (one per poet). We may accept multiple poems from one poet at once and then spread these across our calendar. Our submission period is ongoing; poems received by 8/20 will be considered for the September issue and beyond, while poems received after 8/20 will be considered for October and beyond.Unlike other submissions to EFNIKS, poems do NOT need to match the monthly Cover Story theme. View our POETRY page. 

Please submit up to three poems of your best work in a single document to, and use page breaks or titles to indicate where one poem ends and the next begins. Compensation for all accepted poems is $35.



Write to Guerrilla Davis, Visual Arts Editor, at

Once a month, EFNIKS will feature one QTPoC Visual Artist on our website and social media channels. The artist will be selected by our Visual Arts Editor. All QTPoC Visual Artists are invited to submit! The Visual Arts Feature will include an interview with the featured Artist, up to 12 images or photos of the Artist and their work, and a $100 stipend to support the artist and their work. View our Visual Arts page. 

Selection Criteria: Submitting Artists must identify as a QTPoC. The art being submitted must be Visual Art (Paintings, Drawings, Graphic Design, Sculpture, Fiberwork, Photography, etc...). Video/Film work, Theater & Performance submissions will not be accepted. The Artists work must offer a new, challenging, or unique perspective on the Cover Story topic of the proceeding month (see monthly schedule above). Artists must have an active website or social media channel displaying their body of work (online portfolio, IG / FB Page, etc...).

To submit, Send an email to that includes: 1) Your Bio and/or Artist Statement and a summary of your work and how it relates to the Cover Story topic of the proceeding month; 2) High quality examples of your work (scans, photos or web-links are OK; low quality / low resolution images will not be accepted); 3) Links to your website and/or social media channels; 4) Deadline for submissions is on the 15th day of the preceding month (example: Artists features for September must be received by August 15th).


the Workshop

Short, blog-style posts on daily news and events through our paid internship program. This is where we help 5 young QTPoC writers hone their skills in writing essays and thinkpiece-style content, including writing skills, exploring sources of news, and etiquette for social media as a source for trends and news. See our post on this program for young QTPoC writers here. We are currently planning our next cohort and will post information soon. 



EFNIKS will publish non-fiction essays, interviews, features, or analytical pieces that are unrelated to the Cover Story or Culture Pages at any time. These Op-Eds are NOT solicited or paid, but must still adhere to our Mission and Editorial Opinion



Our year-long page for sharing your opinions, thoughts, reflections, pics, videos, and quotes on all matters of Pride--the month, the festivals, the parties, the history, and more. You can suggest how QTPoC can celebrate Pride, and how to make these spaces accessible and safe for the QTPoC community. We accept completed pieces, and will publish them as your individual entry. This is open for submissions any time of year. Write to with the subject line, "EFNIKS Pride". View the PRIDE Diary page. 



EFNIKS pays our contributors with money raised through our Donate page. These donations pay our contributors, with a full 100% of money raised going directly to our writers, artists, and creatives. Our staff receives no compensation--this is a labor of love for our QTPoC family. Currently, we provide compensation for our Cover Story content and Culture pieces:

Deep Dives in the Cover Story are compensated at $200 each. (Rates increase to $300 in September)

Stories of Us in the Cover Story are compensated at $75 each. (Rates increase to $100 in September)

Short Stories in the Fiction Page are compensated at $50 each. (Rates increase to $100 in September)

Poems in the Poetry Page are compensated at $35 each. (First publication in September)

Visual Artist Features in the Visual Arts Page are compensated at $100 each. (First publication in September)

Interns in The Workshop @ The EFNIKS Daily are compensated at $200 for the 60-day program. 


SUbmission Form

Use a desktop browser for best viewing. Here you can submit your proposals for our Cover Story articles and essays, short stories, visual arts features, and more. 


Still have questions?

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