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. 



Use the submission form below.   

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, and six (6) Stories of Us. The Deep Dives represent Scholarship, the Stories of Us represent Community--they are both 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 (proposals due 7/27)

October | BODY: On body acceptance at it applies to self love, health, dysphoria, presentation, and representation in media (proposals due 8/26)

November | NATIVE (working title): A look at the LGBTQ+ experience from Indigenous, Native, and First Nations communities (proposals due 9/26)

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


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. 



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. 




Use the Submission form below.

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 $50.



We are currently looking for a Poetry Editor to join our team of volunteers to help recruit QTPoC poets, and decide up to 4 poems to publish each month. Send an email to with the subject line, "EFNIKS Culture". 



We are currently looking for an Arts Editor to join our team of volunteers to help recruit QTPoC visual artists, and decide one artist to feature each month. Features include a brief written Q&A, and selected pieces from the artists portfolio. Send an email to with the subject line, "EFNIKS Culture". 


The workshop @ the efniks daily

Short, blog-style posts on daily news and events. See our post on this program for young QTPoC writers here



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". 



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.

Stories of Us in the Cover Story are compensated at $75 each.

Short Stories in the Fiction Page are compensated at $50 each.

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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