For this round of submissions, we are looking for specific pieces to fill holes in what we already have planned.
Specifically, we are looking for:
A political cartoon or other humor/cartoon piece
We are looking for submissions from trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer artists and writers for the content of the first issue of Inclusive Future Magazine. You do not have to be out in order to submit; we’re happy to publish your work under pseudonym. Regardless of whether you are out, if you choose to disclose your gender identity to us, we will not share that information with anyone without your permission. We encourage trans, nonbinary, and genderqueer people with other marginalized identities to submit.
For this first issue, we’re looking for art that reflects what a gender-inclusive future looks like across cultures and geography.
While the editorial team is based in the U.S., this is meant to look like an international popular culture magazine, so we’re very invested in choosing images that represent gender inclusivity in cultures often underrepresented or left out of mainstream Western media. Special attention will be given to submissions that meet this criteria.
The amount of space devoted to accepted submissions will be negotiated with the artist upon acceptance and included in the contract.
Movie poster for Unbreakable Butch
For consistency's sake, we would like the movie poster to take the image already associated with Unbreakable Butch into consideration. The image (below) depicts "Grita Jennifer," who plays the main character, Wanda, in this fictional movie.
We asked Naomi Norbez, the author of "Unbreakable Butch: An Interview with Grita Jennifer" what they would like to see in the movie poster. He said:
"I think it would be great for the color palette of the poster to be based around the butch lesbian pride flag. Here's a post from the maker of that flag that also explains the symbolism of the colors, which I hope can inspire the artist in some way."
Other ideas they gave us to help get your creative juices flowing:
"When I imagine the poster in my head, I see Wanda (Grita Jennifer's character) standing in the center with a brave pose, kind of like this. We see her from the waist up, the rest of her body covered by the title of the movie, which is in all caps in a serif font. Also, the sun (or some light source at least) is lighting Wanda perfectly. I'm not sure what's behind her--it could be a Christian church on one side and a lesbian bar on the other, perhaps? Maybe her mother is standing in front of the church, and Wanda's crush (it would be great if she was a trans woman) in front of the lesbian bar. All drawn in a realistic, minimalist style."
Hopefully this inspires you! The description above is just a starting place and we are open to other interpretations. However, Norbez was clear that he would like the color palette to be based around the butch pride flag colors. Special consideration will be given to submissions that meet this criteria.
What we want
This is a print publication, so the submission must work in print.
The magazine will be printed in full color. Page dimensions are 5.5" wide and 8.5" high. All art must be submitted digitally with a resolution of at least 300dpi.
Simultaneous submissions are allowed.
If your submission is accepted by another publication while it's under consideration with us, please let us know as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances and your wishes, we may still be able to consider your submission as a reprint.
Multiple submissions, up to 5 per contributor, are allowed.
If submitting a piece that would not take up a full half page (e.g. a single-panel comic or political cartoon), we strongly encourage you to submit multiple pieces.
Collaborations are welcome.
For payment and other purposes, a team of collaborators will be considered a single contributor. This means that you may submit up to 5 pieces as an individual and up to 5 pieces as part of a collaborating team.
What we don't want
AI-generated or AI-assisted work.
Excerpts from longer works that don't stand alone.
Work that depends on hyperlinks, interaction, animated graphics, or anything else that doesn't translate to a print publication.
Works that don't express gender inclusivity.
Payment and rights
We will pay $50 per full page, up to $150 for a project that spans multiple pages, regardless of whether it is previously published, with a minimum payment of $25. Please see example ideas above to get a sense of how much page space different kinds of artwork would take up. We encourage people to submit at least a quarter of a page worth of material to help us maximize our budget.
We ask for non-exclusive, worldwide rights for both unpublished and previously published work.
Work you submit must be your own work, and you must own its publication rights. All work must be 100% created by you without the assistance of AI programs such as Chat GPT.
Payment will be made via PayPal within 30 days of the receipt of a signed contract.
How to submit
Please email your submission as a .doc, .docx, PDF, PNG, JPG, or JPEG to inclusivefuturemag[at]gmail[dot]com. You can submit more than one file, but please attach all pieces you'd like us to consider to the same email. Unrecognized file types included as attachments will be deleted unopened.
If you're interested in being considered for commission work in response to the prose pieces we select for this issue, please email us a link to your portfolio (website or Instagram) or attach a few sample works that represent your style.
Be sure to include SUBMISSION: ART and the title of your submission in the email subject field. For example, SUBMISSION: ART "Fashion ad" or SUBMISSION: ART "Political Cartoon"
Please include a statement in your email that confirms you identify as trans, non-binary, and/or genderqueer. (You do not have to specify which.) Please also include your pronouns.
If you need to withdraw a piece after submitting it, please email us at inclusivefuturemag[at]gmail[dot]com and let us know why. Please note that, once withdrawn, a piece may not be resubmitted to the same issue.
Response time will vary, depending on several factors, but it is our intention to have responded to all submissions within a month of the submission deadline.