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CLOSED “Queer”: Call for Submissions, 2023-24 Special Issue


“Queer”: Call for Submissions NOW CLOSED

Rarely in the history of our English language has a word so quickly and so profoundly shifted in meanings and usage as the word queer has throughout the last century. As such, The AutoEthnographer is excited to announce a new call for submissions that celebrate, problematize, challenge, or illuminate the many meanings of “queer” whether referring to emotion, difference, critical theory, or sexuality.

“You have some queer friends, Dorothy,” she said.

“The queerness doesn’t matter, so long as they’re friends,” was the answer.

L. Frank Baum, The Road to Oz, 1904

We accept submissions in any of our main categories (writing, poetry, multimedia, video, art, performance, etc.) through January 1, 2024 and may respond to the following prompts:

  • Tell us a story of lived experience where culture and queerness intersect in some way
  • Tell us a story of lived experience where the word is used in a culturally-specific way
  • Tell us a culturally-specific story of lived experience where a character explores queer identity
  • Tell us a culturally-specific story of lived experience in relation to queer theory

Your work need not respond to the above prompts; these are merely suggestions or starting points. Read an example HERE. Learn more about how to submit your work by visiting:

Please see our Submissions page for more information about publishing at The AutoEthnographer. and our Work with Us page to learn about volunteering at The AutoEthnographer. Please see our editor’s introduction The Birth of an Idea, and editorial board’s What Do Editors Look for When Reviewing Evocative Autoethnographies? to learn about the rationale behind The AutoEthnographer. View Our Team to learn about our editorial board. Visit our Community to interact with others.

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The AutoEthnographer, Dr. Marlen Elliot Harrison is an instructor in the fields of English and Education whose autoethnographic writing has appeared in a diverse array of publications including Writing on the Edge, Reflections on English Language Teaching, The Qualitative Report, and Qualitative Research in Psychology. As a journalist, Marlen was the managing editor of the international beauty website, Fragrantica, as well as contributor to publications such as Playboy, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, ESL Magazine, The New York Times, Basenotes, The Language Teacher, and Men’s Health. As an academic and cultural researcher, Marlen has enjoyed contributing to projects at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Finland’s University of Jyväskylä, and the Japan Association for Language Teaching. Having taught and guest-lectured at leading institutions such as Doshisha University (Japan), Florida International University (USA), and University of Helsinki (Finland), Marlen is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University where he also teaches in the online MA English programs. Having called Japan, UK, Malta, and Finland home, he now lives in Florida with his husband and dog. Learn more at