Selena Chambers

I imbibe words and consume past minds. As a result, I often awake next to strange sentences and forgotten meanings. I am the Bas Bleu Zombie.

Back in November, I decided to launch a new literary feminist rag called NASTY WRITERS. The mission statement and guidelines are finally up, and we are open to reading for Issue #1, due out in late Spring. This is still a one-lady shop, at the moment, but slowly am getting things going with a branding/redesign of the site, fundraising development, and assembling a masthead. Please follow www.nastywriters.com for more details.

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“Such a Nasty woman.”  —U. S. President-Elect Donald Trump

“Stop looking to men to find out what you are not.” —Mina Loy, “Feminist Manifesto.”

NASTY WRITERS is a quarterly rag written for women and women-identifying readers by women and women-identifying writers, with the first issue premiering in the late Spring. It was conceived as an initial response to seeing so many of my friends feel devalued from the outcome of the 2016 election.

The mission of NASTY WRITERS is two-fold:

1) The goal is to dedicate a space for the preservation and exploration of the radical intersections between feminism, art, and literature, with a cross-genre bent. Included within these discussions, I hope, will be race, gender, sexuality, and disability within a national and international context.

2) To further hone in on the above, I’d like NASTY WRITERS to focus on the pivotal, symbiotic tradition of writing as a form for female resistance, and honor how important writing has been to feminism, especially when it was one of the few avenues a woman could utilize for financial independence.

For example, the world’s first named author was a Sumarian princess named Inanna. She used her writing to not only commune with the Goddess, but to document politics and daily life, as well as emotionally placing herself directly within these narratives. Like many NASTY WRITERS, she was exiled from her home for her work, and buried within history until rediscovered by academic feminism. I want to take these efforts of academic resurrection and provide a more mainstream gateway to re-establish, re-enforce, and re-new the powerful relationship between womanhood and the written word. This will be done by featuring in-depth oeuvre profiles and interviews from women writers past and present, from Enhudana to current working writers from all genres.

Because we all expected to enter 2017 on a momentous first, the theme of issue 1 will be, you guessed it, “Firsts.” For this issue I am interested in stories that either focus on first strides made in history, or first experiences by the author, especially in reaction to the new administration.

To give you a sense of what I am looking for, we already have a creative non-fiction piece about Inanna from yours truly, and the first installment of the exclusive, original column, “Off the Rag: The Personally Political with Molly Tanzer,” which will detail her experiences of getting an IUD in the wake of Trump’s election and the uncertain future of reliable birth control for women in America.

Please note, because we believe revolutions are cultivated in the bedrooms of teenage girls, we are especially interested in buying work from young adult women and women-identifying writers for our special, reoccurring feature “Go to Your Room.” So yeah, we plan on running the gamut here. Send me your horror, your weird, your literary fic….as long as it is Nasty.

Please e-mail your submissions to Selena Chambers at NastyWriters[at]gmail[.]com. Only files formatted in the standard manuscript format and attached as .DOC or .DOCX format will be accepted. Please include a cover letter that contains the length of your piece, your publishing credits, and other standard cover letter fodder. Please do not send pieces over 5000 words for fiction and non-fiction. NASTY WRITERS will pay a flat honorarium of $50 for both fiction and non-fiction, and $25 for reprints.

The reading period for Issue One is now open, and will close on March 31st.

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