special issue: Soft

“To Love With Honesty” by Malaya Tuyay

“To Love With Honesty” by Malaya Tuyay

— GenderFail

"Here you were to be loved."
— James Baldwin

"We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit."
Audre Lorde

Calling our Queer/LGBTQIA family!

We are looking for work that responds to all things SOFT.

We accept poetry, prose, photography, and visual art.


Guest-edited by 

PJ Gubatina Policarpio

Deadline for submissions

April 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM

celebrates the revolutionary possibilities of determined kinship, radical kindness,  and unreserved tenderness defiantly affirming queer identities, subjectivity, and determination. In turn, offering new pathways for liberatory hope and futurity.

* Please note: Submissions will only be accepted through our submissions manager, linked below.

Submission Guidelines



- Short stories, experimental or interpretive works of fiction, flash fiction, and micro-fiction pieces.
- Your name at the beginning of the submission.
- 7,000 maximum word limit.


- Memoirs, experimental CNF prose, letters, and essays.
- Your name at the beginning of the submission.
- 7,000 maximum word limit.


- Narrative, prose, or lyrical poetry, free verse, eastern or western poetic forms, or spoken word.
- Your name at the beginning of the submission.
- 3–5 poems max.


- Photography, painting, drawing, digital art, and et al.
- A low-res 72-dpi JPEG with a width of 950px


Guest-Editors’s Bio

PJ Gubatina Policarpio is an educator, curator, and community organizer. His practice utilizes research, collaboration, programming, pedagogy and public engagement as both art and tool. PJ designs spaces for critical and thoughtful interactions between communities and art, especially addressing a diverse, multilingual, and multicultural audience. He brings dynamic experience in museum education, youth development, curatorial and arts administration, previously working at The Museum of Modern Art, Queens Museum, and Brooklyn Museum. PJ has presented his work at conferences and lectures in museums and universities nationally. He has organized exhibitions and programming at Dixon Place, NURTUREart, Textile Arts Center, Knockdown Center, SFMOMA Public Knowledge Library, and Asian Art Museum. He is co-founder of PAL / Pilipinx American Library, a itinerant library and programming platform dedicated exclusively to diasporic Filipinx voices. His publication Textiles of the Philippines is in the collection of The Thomas J. Watson Library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. PJ serves on SOMA Pilipinas’ Arts and Culture Committee, Southern Exposure’s Curatorial Council and is currently the Youth Programs Manager at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. More at: www.pjpolicarpio.net