SUBMISSIONS TO EFNIKS

Please read our content guidelines below. 

 

THE COVER STORY

We will be updating our guidelines for 2019 very soon. All submissions are reviewed and selections made by Niq Johnson PhD, Managing Editor, Cover Story.   

The Cover Story 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), and must not violate our Editorial Opinion. 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. 

Our 2018 schedule is closed.

2019 themes (submissions due via Submittable):

February | RED: QTPoC voices on queerness and gender from between and beyond the coasts and blue-voting enclaves 

April | ARMOR: Fashion, couture, design, and celebrating style that matters so much to queer & trans people of color

June | INK: The queer & trans poets, authors, essayists, & journalists of color who put pen to paper

August | MIMIC: The homonormativity, misogyny, and embedded creep of masculinity that harm QTPoC communities

October | RISE: The activists, organizers, and organizations doing the work for our communities

December | STAGE: The QTPoC performers in theater, film, television, dance, and more who give so much life to their art

 

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

 

STORIES OF US

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

 

CULTURE PAGES

SHORT STORIES

Mark Oshiro, Fiction Editor, fiction@efniks.com

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.

2019 themes (submissions due via Submittable)—these months will require a connection to the theme:

June | INK: The queer & trans poets, authors, essayists, & journalists of color who put pen to paper

August | MIMIC: The homonormativity, misogyny, and embedded creep of masculinity that harm QTPoC communities

October | RISE: The activists, organizers, and organizations doing the work for our communities

December | STAGE: The QTPoC performers in theater, film, television, dance, and more who give so much life to their art

 

POETRY

Kyle Lopez, Poetry Editor, poetry@efniks.com

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 always 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 poetry@efniks.com, and use page breaks or titles to indicate where one poem ends and the next begins. Compensation for all accepted poems is $50.

2019 themes (submissions due via Submittable)—these months will require a connection to the theme:

April | ARMOR: Fashion, couture, design, and celebrating style that matters so much to queer & trans people of color

June | INK: The queer & trans poets, authors, essayists, & journalists of color who put pen to paper

August | MIMIC: The homonormativity, misogyny, and embedded creep of masculinity that harm QTPoC communities

October | RISE: The activists, organizers, and organizations doing the work for our communities

December | STAGE: The QTPoC performers in theater, film, television, dance, and more who give so much life to their art

 

VISUAL ARTS

Guerrilla Davis, Visual Arts Editor, visualarts@efniks.com

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 visualarts@efniks.com 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).

2019 themes (submissions due via Submittable)—these months will require a connection to the theme:

February | RED: QTPoC voices on queerness and gender from between and beyond the coasts and blue-voting enclaves 

April | ARMOR: Fashion, couture, design, and celebrating style that matters so much to queer & trans people of color

June | INK: The queer & trans poets, authors, essayists, & journalists of color who put pen to paper

August | MIMIC: The homonormativity, misogyny, and embedded creep of masculinity that harm QTPoC communities

October | RISE: The activists, organizers, and organizations doing the work for our communities

December | STAGE: The QTPoC performers in theater, film, television, dance, and more who give so much life to their art

 

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. 

 

Op-Eds

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

 

THE QTPOC PRIDE DIARY

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 info@efniks.com with the subject line, "EFNIKS Pride". View the PRIDE Diary page. 

 

COMPENSATION

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 $300 each.

Stories of Us in the Cover Story are compensated at $100 each.

Short Stories in the Fiction Page are compensated at $100 each.

Poems in the Poetry Page are compensated at $50 each.

Visual Artist Features in the Visual Arts Page are compensated at $100 each.

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

 

Still have questions?

Write to us at info@efniks.com and we'll be glad to help you out.