Extended Call for Submissions

Queer Feminine Affinities


Edited by Alexa Athelstan & Vikki Chalklin


Extended Call for Submissions


Deadline Friday 17th January 2014


For more information about Queer Feminine Affinities, and the original call for submissions, please see www.queerfeminineaffinities.wordpress.com.

We were delighted to receive an overwhelming and exciting response to our initial call for submissions to Queer Feminine Affinities. However, we are still seeking additional submissions on a number of as yet underrepresented topics. With this extended call we specifically welcome work that engages with the following themes:

Intersectional femininities

Contributions addressing intersections of femininity/femme with other aspects of embodied experience. We particularly encourage submissions pertaining to femininities of colour and questions of “race,” ethnicity, racism and anti-racism, as well as those attending to dis/abilities, (mental) health and ableism, and intersecting with issues of class, religion, and cultural differences of various kinds.

Trans* and non-binary fem(me)ininities

Submissions exploring various crossovers and relationships between femininity/femme and masculinity, femaleness/maleness, queer, or a combination of these. We are especially keen to solicit contributions examining trans*, non-binary, intersex, and/or genderqueer fem(me)ininities including transgender and transsexual women and men who identify as femme or feminine.

Critical hetero-femininities

Does queer or alternative femininity have to mean LBG? What space is there in gay, straight, or queer cultures/communities for critical, radical, or queer heterosexual/straight femininities or femmes?

(Non-)Geographically Located femininities

What is at stake in femme/femininities that are located either geographically or within other (virtual/affective/ephemeral) communities? In particular towns or cities, regions, or countries? What are the specificities of a Scottish/Welsh/Northern Irish queer feminine identity or what is the experience of femininities in the north, south, east or west of England? How does this relate to experience of feminine/femme embodiment outside of the UK? What are the roots and routes of femininities embodied and enacted through and across diasporas and other transnational communities and relationships?

This is not a purely academic project. Creative and personal reflections on femme/femininity are just as valuable for this project as academic essays, and all styles of written and visual contributions that can feasibly be reproduced in a printed book format are welcome. These may include but are not limited to the personal, autobiographical, creative, political, passionate, fictional, collaborative, humorous, lighthearted, and fanciful.

The editors are willing to negotiate the precise length of any submission within the remit of our overall book length, up to a maximum length of 5,000 words for all written contributions.

Please send a 300 word proposal and a short biography to Alexa and Vikki at queerfeminineaffinities@gmail.com by Friday 17th January 2014.

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Queer Feminine Affinities


 Edited by Alexa Athelstan & Vikki Chalklin 


Call for Submissions


Deadline 31st July 2013


Queer Feminine Affinities aspires to become the first collaborative book that collects a diverse variety of written and visual materials by, on and for femme, queer, alternative and subversive feminine voices and communities emerging from within the UK.

Inspired by collections like Joan Nestle’s (1992) The Persistent Desire: A Femme Butch Reader,  Chloë Brushwood Rose and Anna Camilleri’s (2003) Brazen Femme, Ulrika Dahl and Del LaGrace Volcano’s (2008) Femmes of Power, Jennifer Clare Burke’s (2009) Visible: A Femmethology, and Ivan E. Coyote and Zena Sharman’s (2011) Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme, amongst other engagements with femme and queer femininities, Queer Feminine Affinities warmly invites written and visual materials that reflect on femme, queer and alternative femininities as an embodied lived experience, identity and imagined community. The collection is particularly interested in reflections that can contribute to, challenge and expand on the established legacies of these wonderfully rich anthologies.

Whilst the aforementioned collections originate from and discuss femme and queer feminine identities within a largely American context (aside from Ulrika Dahl and Del LaGrace Volcano’s Femmes of Power, which covers both American and European spaces), Queer Feminine Affinities aims to engage queer feminine voices and communities existing and emerging in the UK. The collection asks to what extent conceptualisations and lived realities of femme, queer, alternative and subversive femininities have travelled and translated along transnational lines of queer inheritances, and where our paths have diverged and our figurations have been reinvented to take fresh forms. Most of all, however, the collection simply aims to provide a printed space in which a diverse variety of feminine identified voices and perspectives can mingle in creative dialogue, discussing topics that are close to our queer fem(me)inine hearts!


With this in mind, Queer Feminine Affinities welcomes contributions that reflect on any of the following topics and beyond:


Identities, Embodiment, Orientations, Identifications and Affects

  • Queer Feminine Orientations and Disorientations. How do queer feminine identified persons find their way in the world? How did you arrive at your femme, queer or alternative feminine identity or community? Do our orientations, once arrived at, stick or change?
  • Affects. What do you love and desire, or hate with a passion? What are the shapes of queer feminine vulnerability, anger and empowerment? Considerations of queer feminine shame and pride.
  • Inspirations, Muses, Heroines and Anti-Heroines. Who and what do you adore, identify and feel an affinity with (or disidentify with) and why?
  • Legacies, Inheritances and Divergences.
  • Femme-inist Theories, Politics and Activism: On the Streets and Between Paper Sheets.
  • Styles, Aesthetics, Fashion, Objects and Consumptions.
  • Gender Performance, Stylisation, Identities and Embodiment.
  • The Art of Queer Feminine Failure.
  • Anti-/Normativities  and Anything In-Between.

Reflexive, Intersecting, Situated and Positioned Perspectives

  •  ‘Race’, Ethnicity, Whiteness, Racisms and Anti-Racisms. Perspectives By, On and For Queer Feminine Persons of Colour and White Queer Feminine Subjects.
  • Dis/Abilities, (Mental) Health and Ableism.
  • Class (War), Cuts, Privilege, Precarity and Anti-/Capitalism.
  • Trans/Cis/Gender Queer Perspectives.
  • Male/Masculine/Butch Femininities.
  • Age/Ageing/Ageism.
  • Fat/Thin Embodiment and Sizeism.
  • Heterosexualities and Femme, Queer or Alternative Femininities.
  • Geographically Situated Reflections. What difference does it make where we come from, where we pass through and where we reside? Urban, rural and suburban perspectives and perspectives from different regional, national or transnational contexts.
  • Intersections Between Gender/Sexuality/Desire/Attraction.

Spaces, Subcultures, Communities and Subjectivities

  • Femme and Queer Feminine Communities, Subcultures, Spaces, Ethics, Praxis, Collectives and Individuals.
  • Belonging, Partial Belonging and Unbelonging.
  • Discrimination, Inclusions, Exclusions, Margins, Centre, Access, Privilege and Power.
  • Cyberspace and Cyborgs.
  • Definitions, Terms and Language.
  • Diasporic, Transitioning, Transnational and Nomadic Queer Femininities.
  • Differences, Similarities, Dissonances, Overlaps, Resonances and Affinities, Between Femme, Queer, Alternative and Subversive Femininities Identities and Communities, Emerging Within and In Between British and American, Or Any Other Contexts.


If you are looking for further inspiration you may wish to read the anthologies mentioned above, as well as any other texts or blogs related to femme, queer, alternative and subversive femininities. Alternatively, if you wish to discuss your ideas before submitting a proposal, please feel free to email me:




All Styles of Written and Visual Contributions Welcome!


Written contributions

These may take the form of manifestos, academic essays, reflexive essays, interviews, reviews, dialogues, autobiographical narratives, fictional stories, poems, collaborative or individual reflections on queer feminine collectives you belong to. Written submissions must be less than 5000 words. However, the precise length of any written contribution depends on the form and content of the piece.


Visual contributions

These may take the form of photographs, collages, comic strips, art or zine-style combinations of language and the visual. Visual materials must be formatted, presented and submitted to the editor in a way that can easily be incorporated into a printed book. If you are submitting visual materials, I strongly encourage this to include some written reflections on what the visual contribution is about – the story, meaning or intention behind it – to help contextualise this for readers.



Please send your 300 word proposal and a short biography to Alexa Athelstan & Vikki Chalklin queerfeminineaffinities@gmail.com by 31st July 2013. When submitting your proposal, please specify approximately how many words or pages you think your contribution will involve.

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