💧🦋 issue six theme: blue 🦋💧

art by: @spicybruha

submissions open: may 18th
submissions close: may 29th

during this time of collective uncertainty and anxiety, many of us are cycling through moments of despondency or hopelessness. as a community, it is crucial that we create avenues of healing for each other as we continue to navigate the turbulence of this global pandemic.

for issue six, we want to make space to honor these emotions in whatever shape our spirits may embody them. when naming blue as this issue’s theme, we are asking for pieces that delve into the journey that comes when existing while marginalised and oppressed.

we are defining blue as a broad characterisation  of these experiences while recognising their individual importance.

have you been blue? how have you navigated it? overcame it? sat with it? been swallowed by it? or reluctantly discovered it is in the folds of your life?

blue as the drawl of melancholy that unfortunately accompanies existing as a person. blue as the wretched heartache each of us has had to, at some point, wrestle with.

what does blue mean to you?



**this space is safe for aro/ace, intersex and nonbinary folx**

We are a platform for  QTBIPOC youth (queer, trans, Black, Indigenous & persons of color), therefore we only publish work by youth and people in the QTBIPOC community.

By QTBIPOC we mean

Someone who IDs as all of the below:

  • Black, Indigenous and/or a Person of Color
  • Falls under the queer, Intersex and/or trans umbrellas
  • Is between 13-30 years of age





We are a platform for  QTIBIPoC youth (queer, trans & intersex Black, Indigenous & persons of color), therefore we only publish work by youth and people in the QTIBIPoC community. When we say youth, we mean ages 12-30 more or less. So, with that said, we respectfully ask that you do not submit if you are not part of those three communities. Additionally, since we want to engage a wide range of voices, and encourage readership from a variety of ages, we ask that your submissions are suitable for all ages. At this time we are unable to provide contributors with compensation.

Poetry: We love poetry! Submit up to 5 poems at a time. 

Fiction: Submit up to 1,500 words. If requested, please be prepared to send as google doc and structure your piece.

Non-Fiction: We accept all forms of nonfiction. We are always on the look out for exceptional personal essays that explore the intersection of identities. Word limit: 1,500. 

Music: Link us to your music! We’ll either request an interview or do a write-up!

Visual Art: All of it! Feel free to send up to six original pieces or link us to your portfolio! Please provide alt. text and image descriptions for all of your pieces. If you fail to add alt text and images descriptions to your work, we will ask once for them and after that, we will move ahead with another artist who is able to comply to our rules.

Comics: Please submit one comic strip and please provide alt text and image descriptions for your comics. Up to 12 panels. Here’s more info on how to write alt text and image descriptions for digital comics: 

Interviews/Interview requests: Doing something really cool or know of someone who deserves a community spotlight? Send us a pitch!

Middle Grade / YA Short Stories:  Send us your best, most polished, original stories. All genres welcome! 1,500-4,000 words.

Thank you for taking the time to submit. We look forward to seeing your work.

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