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Gender Queer Literature broadens the investigation into–and validation of–contemporary genderqueer perspectives. This much-needed journal departs from previous publications by 1. publishing short stories that address recent cultural shifts toward gender identity, 2. highlighting and analysing the work of our peers and contemporary gender-nonconforming authors, and 3. disseminating the craft of writing gender-ambiguous narratives. 

With these goals, GQL publishes peer-reviewed articles that analyse the representation of non-conforming gendered contemporary literature. The journal publishes creative works with gender non-conforming protagonists or by authors who self-identify as such. We also share the craft and workshop outlines on how to write such perspectives, as presented at colleges and communities across UK and USA.


Critical Works

Current academic research into Androgyny and Literature is limited: Tracy Hargreaves (2005) has references to Virginia Woolf as well as studies by Beer (1992), Hafley (1954) and Jacobus (1989). Jean Gonneaud (2020) stated that there was a ‘wealth’ of androgynous books published 1992-2012 yet only found eleven worth studying. The States alone published 24,000 – 54,000 fiction books per year in that same period. 

This Journal calls for more conscious representation of a marginalised community who have been–and continue to be– excluded from the literary canon. ​Suzanne​ ​Pharr (1997) stated “The​ ​best​ ​controlling​ ​tactic​ ​at​ ​puberty​ ​is​ ​to​ ​be​ ​treated​ ​as​ ​an​ ​outsider,​ ​to​ ​be​ ​ostracised​ ​at​ ​a​ ​time when​ ​it​ ​feels​ ​most​ ​vital​ ​to​ ​be​ ​accepted.”​

With this in mind, GQL will share thesis, articles, and abstracts connected to our topic of non-conforming gendered narratives. 

Creative Works

The journal publishes creative works with gender non-conforming protagonists or by authors who self-identify as such. The work does not have to be unpublished, reprints with permission are welcomed. Our goal is to highlight your work with an audience from a diverse international sense of community and academia. For this reason, we also are interested in reviews of gq contemporary works of literature.

Publish with us. Authors will enjoy:

Editorial Considerations. Prompt publishing. A Diverse audience. International Reach.

On the Craft of Writing outside of the Gender Binary

GQL asks how do we use gendered language and gender-markers to write androgynous narratives? How are authentic gender-queer experiences represented in contemporary English literature and by whom? We share workshop and classes here for you to understand how to represent a marginalised community, including Queer Flash, Creating Queer Characters, Gender Neutral Names, and Gendered Language.  As taught at Arizona State University, VCFA, and the Constellation Writers Hub across the States and online.

Please submit your events to be included here.



Editor-in-Chief

Sarah Leamy, MFA, is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Birmingham, England. Her studies and stories often focus on gender, family, and the search for community, all done with an empathic eye and quick wit of an old school storyteller. She is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of www.wanderlust-Journal.com, a literary journal publishing travel stories and photos from across the world. 

Sleam’s 12th book, Hidden, will be released by Finishing Line Press in 2021.

www.sarahleamy.com