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PFN – Sinister Wisdom: A Multicultural Lesbian Literary & Art Journal Seeking Submissions for The Music Issue

April 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Did the sounds of women’s music at your local coffeehouse or a house party encourage you to come out? Did you break up with a lover to the sound of women’s voices? Were you raised listening to women’s music or attending women’s music events? Did you wonder why Aretha, Gladys, and Chaka weren’t considered women’s music? Do you understand women’s music as pedestrian, thrilling, conservative and/or a site for resistance?

This upcoming issue of Sinister Wisdom will be a holistic retrospective on the women’s music cultural movement. We invite contributions that both reflect and shed new light on the complex herstories of the women’s music movement—joys, sorrows, triumphs, challenges, and lessons. This is an explicitly trans-inclusive issue that welcomes submissions from people of all genders and walks of life who have experiences with the women’s music movement.

Some topics of interest for this issue include:

      • Women’s festivals and other sites of performance
        • (e.g., festivals in the Southern states, coffeehouses, bookstores, restaurants)


      • The women’s music industry
        • (e.g., technicians, producers, record labels, and record distribution systems)


      • Experiences hearing women’s music outside of traditional performance venues/spaces
        • (e.g., first encounters with women’s music in a friend’s living room)


      • BIPOC experiences in the women’s music movement
      • Disabled experiences in the women’s music movement
        • (e.g., Deaf and HoH experiences with ASL interpreting at concerts, lived experience with DART, OASIS, and similar programs throughout the years)


      • Trans experiences in the women’s music movement
        • (e.g., trans men and women at festivals and in women’s musical community, transmasculine performers with histories in the women’s music movement, experiences of genderqueer teens)


Publishing since 1976, Sinister Wisdom works to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space. Sinister Wisdom seeks to open, consider, and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues.
The deadline to submit is April 1. Please send submissions in one document (up to 10 pages, double-spaced) to Submittable. Include a brief bio in the body of the email, along with any social media links. For questions please email


Submission Guidelines



Material may be in any style or form, or combination of forms.

Maximum: five poems, two short stories or essays, OR one longer piece of up to 5,000 words.

Please proofread your work carefully; do not send us changes after the deadline.

Please send a short contributor biography between 25 and 125 words with your submission.

Sinister Wisdom acquires first North American serial rights for all work that we publish. By acquiring first North American serial rights, authors guarantee that publication in Sinister Wisdom will be the first publication in North America. That is, the work has not appeared previously in another journal, in a book, online, or in other forms of publication. In rare instances, Sinister Wisdom will reprint work that has been previously published. Authors should discuss with the editor and publisher PRIOR to submission.

We STRONGLY prefer that you submit your work through Submittable, our online submission management system. Using Submittable ensures that both of our editors have an opportunity to see and consider your work and helps us ensure a timely response to your submission. If you CANNOT use Submittable for some reason (you are incarcerated, for instance, or you do not have internet access), please see the guidelines below.

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April 1
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