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 The Impossible Beast: Poems of Queer Eroticism

Damaged Goods Press is seeking poetry by QUEER & TRANS poets on queer eroticism for our forthcoming print anthology The Impossible Beast: Poems of Queer Eroticism, edited by Logan February and Caseyrenée Lopez. We want poetry that is informed by a wide breadth of queer sexualities, this includes ace experience. We are most interested in work that explores and/or queers sexual desire, aesthetics of sexuality, lust, sensuality, erotic pleasure and pain, kink, BDSM, and other related topics.
The anthology will be published in Summer/Fall 2020.
Contributors will receive one (1) complimentary copy of the anthology with the option to purchase additional copies at cost.
Submit up to 10 pages of poetry.
Previously published poems are okay.

Damaged Goods Press accepts chapbook length and full-length manuscripts on a rolling basis, and is currently reading for publication between mid-2019-late 2020.

CHAPBOOKS: submit 20-40 pages of poetry, micro memoir, or lyric essay 

FULL-LENGTHS: submit 60-120 pages of poetry, prose poetry, lyric essay, or hybrid non-fiction

The content does not have to be queer or trans related

Damaged Goods Press will publish 3-5 books a year, so please, submit only your very best, polished work

Damaged Goods Press does not charge reading/submission fees

We make every attempt to respond to submissions within four (4) months, sometimes it’s shorter, sometimes it’s longer, but we ALWAYS reply

Book runs are open-ended


Writers will receive 20 perfect bound copies of their book, with the option to purchase additional copies at cost (meaning we make no money and there are no royalties).

50% of net profits from book sales will be paid to the writer on an annual basis via PayPal.**

For an idea of our tastes, please visit Crab Fat Magazine or our bookstore

Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere. Please submit manuscripts through Submittable:


Got questions, comments, or concerns? Email us at editor@damagedgoodspress.com

UPDATED 01/09/2019


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  1. Hi there,

    I was wondering if you could clarify for me, are you looking for chapbooks that focus on queer/trans characters and explore queer/trans issues, or chapbooks on any theme written by queer/trans people?


  2. Evening!

    I’m just looking for a bit of clarification myself.

    Are the chapbooks you’re seeking, manuscript wise, only allowed to be flash fiction collections? I have a novelette I’d love to submit that is 30 pages long, but I’m not sure if it coincides with what you’re looking for.

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Hi Diana,

      Currently, we are only considering collections of poetry and flash, but this may change in the future. Thanks so much for checking us out though!

  3. Hi,

    I wanted to submit a chapbook, but I had 3 questions

    1.) Do you have specific formatting requirements? (font, font size, etc..)
    2.) Do you want us to submit a bio or cover letter along with our work?
    3.) If we want art to be included with our chapbook, do we discuss that later if our work is accepted or do we have to submit it in our manuscript?

    -Thank you,

    1. Hi Sarah,

      Use something standard for your chap, times new roman/garamond size 12.

      please submit a bio in the cover letter field on submittable, the cover letter should just tell us what we’re reading.

      we don’t typically use art in books, but we’re open to b/w photos and line drawings.

  4. Hi,
    I was wondering if you only accept works from writers in America. I am a 16-year-old boy living in Taiwan. Though English isn’t my native tongue, I’m quite fluent in it and I like to write English love poems from a gay boy’s perspective. Is this acceptable?

    -Thank you.

  5. Hello, was just wondering if there was a style guide for submissions? I would love to submit the manuscript for a poetry collection but wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing any presentation guidelines.

    1. Hi Louis, as long as your manuscript is in an easy to read font, single poems to a page, with minimal document formatting, then it’s good to go. Accessibility is most important to us, so the easier it is to a page reader the better.

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