Queer literature is often found in the side stacks, in the back of the bookstore, under “Gay and Lesbian.” These authors are put into a genre that barely fits them, excluded from mainstream funding, and alienated by submission questionnaires and praying questions about identity and the underlying, “What are you?” The contradiction is that though labels can be alienating, they can also be empowering and community-building. Red Hen Press seeks to work against the negative politics of labeling while honoring and empowering authors who identify as queer. Quill is edited by Tobi Harper Petrie, the Deputy Director of Red Hen Press. For submission guidelines, please click here, or refer to Quill’s Submittable page.
Current Quill titles include: