Submission Call (ext): Swelling with Pride: Queer Conception and Adoption Stories

June 28, 2017 – September 15, 2017 all-day
8100 Alderwood Rd
Halfmoon Bay, BC V0N 1Y1
Dagger Editions

Call for submissions:
Dagger Editions, an imprint of Caitlin Press, is currently seeking non-fiction submissions by queer women (including trans women) of all ages, colours and backgrounds, and anyone who includes this identity in their personal history (i.e. FTM trans), for an anthology examining the diverse paths to planned queer parenthood. We are looking for honest, heartfelt, unabashedly queer non-fiction prose stories (approximately 2000 to 4000 words) that celebrate LGBTQ2 families and the myriad of ways we embark on our parenting journeys. Just as every queer person has their own coming-out story, every LGBTQ2 family has a unique conception or adoption story. Biological and societal barriers have forced us to be creative as we seek to bring children into our lives.
Send us your stories about choosing a donor or surrogate, the adoption home study process, deciding who’s going to try to conceive, accessing sperm, adventures at the fertility clinic or adoption agency, fertility drugs, artificial insemination and reproductive technologies, DIY insemination at home, welcoming an adopted baby or older child(ren) into the home, queer pregnancy in a straight world, trans pregnancy in a binary world, open adoption and contact with birth parents, conceiving while transitioning, planned single parenthood, co-parenting arrangements, second parent adoption, foster parenting, foster to adoption, trying to conceive at the same time as your partner, sharing eggs or embryos with your partner, conceiving or adopting siblings, infertility and pregnancy loss, legal and societal obstacles to queer parenthood, and anything and everything else that explores and celebrates the origins of your planned LGBTQ2 family. We’d like to hear from early mavericks who formed families under the radar when single and lesbian insemination and adoption were illegal, as well as from later generations who’ve become parents during the gayby boom, and from anyone in-between.
Deadline for submissions: April 3, 2017. EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 15, 2017
Please email submissions as attachments in Microsoft Word (double spaced, 12-point font) to editor Sara Graefe, All questions can be directed to Sara through her email.

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