Our Bodies Are Sacred

An Anthology of Writing, Visual Art, and Performance

A Call for Submissions from Indigenous Queer and Trans Chamorus

                              **DEADLINE: July 1, 2014**
                          ourbodiesaresacred@gmail.com



“Sometimes our families respect us, even when they don’t fully understand us.  We are expected to respect our families, even when that means we don’t get to be ourselves.

Sometimes our families love and embrace us.  They tell us not to be ashamed of who we are.  Yet we can still remain invisible and our cultural contributions taken for granted.

Sometimes our extended families take us in, when our parents kick us out.  Other times, our parents stick up for us, when folks try to hate or throw some shade.

We are hurt by your jokes, but we also throw ‘em back—not only for self-preservation—but because we are damn funny.

Sometimes we are survivors of sexual and physical assault, HIV and AIDS, drug addiction, and depression.  Other times, some of us became ancestors way too early…”

–- dåko’ta alcantara-camacho and jaye sablan, 2014


PURPOSE

Queer and Trans Chamoru histories are said to be non-existent, yet we are living and breathing testimony to the contrary.  As we struggle to define who we are as Indigenous Chamoru peoples, we are reminded that all our futures are linked.  Self-determination also means the freedom to practice the fullness of our genders and sexualities within our Indigenous communities—we call this
the sacred, sovereignty of the body.

Chamoru people utilize the power of words, art, and performance to share and create wisdom.  In the tradition of our ancestors, we seek to anthologize Queer and Trans Chamoru cultural work, so that our complex histories will be remembered and made visible, not forgotten or made invisible.



GUIDELINES

  • We prioritize submissions from Chamoru FTM, MTF, trans, lesbian, gay, bisexual, butch, femme, gela, palaoana, maamflorita, queer, genderqueer, genderfluid and questioning people—regardless of age, ability, or location.

  • E-mail up to 5 individual, original pieces of work. Previously published work will be accepted as long as you retain the copyrights and provide information on where the work was previously published (name of periodical, date and volume).

  • Along with your work, submit a separate Cover Letter that includes your name and a100-word limit bio (describing your cultural, gender, and sexual identities and current island or country of residence).

  • You are also welcome to enter submissions under a pseudonym.


GENRES & FORMATS

  • poetry, short stories, essays, interviews, scripts (.doc, each piece should not exceed 10 pages)

  • visual art (.jpg, hi-resolution)

  • songs (.mp3  or  .wav)

  • performance videos (provide a URL to the video)

We highly encourage submissions in the Chamoru language.  Please include translations for selection purposes.


THEMES

  • Romantic Relationships

  • Sex and Sinexyness

  • Diaspora and Migration, Growing Up/Moving “Off Island”

  • “Coming Out” and Coming To

  • Biological and/or Chosen Family Experiences

  • School, Church, Military, or Government Experiences

  • Disability and Ableism

  • Sex Work and Sex Trafficking

  • Mixed-Race Identities

  • Houselessness and Landlessness

  • Trauma, Healing, Health

  • Traditions, Language, Cultural Work

  • Local and Global Activisms

  • Visionary Futurisms/Science Fiction for Liberation

NOTIFICATIONS & QUESTIONS 

We will get back to you with a decision within 3 months of the deadline.

Feel free to e-mail us regarding the status of your submissions:

            ourbodiesaresacred@gmail.com

Selected pieces will be published on our official website and will also be available for download in ‘zine format.


Si Yu’us Ma’åse’ yan Saina Ma’åse’