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Thank you for choosing to submit your work to Open Minds Quarterly: Explorations of life in a mad world!

This submission form gives us the information we need to review your submission and, if it is accepted, to publish it in the magazine.

We happily accept simultaneous submissions during the initial submission period. Please let us know right away is your submission is accepted elsewhere. We do not publish previously published pieces, as we prioritize stories and voices that haven't been shared yet.

Before submitting, please view our submission guidelines at openmindsquarterly.submittable.com/submit.

Submissions that do not meet the guidelines will be declined.

Summer 2020 - Queer Stories

Submissions for this issue will open on February 1, 2020, and will remain open until March 31, 2020.

This special, themed issue of OMQ is being produced in partnership with Fierté Sudbury Pride, and will be released during Pride Week 2020 (July 13-19) in Sudbury, Ontario.

PLEASE NOTE: For this special issue, we are ONLY accepting work by folks who identify as having lived experience of madness, mental health challenges, mental illness, and/or neurodiversity, and who ALSO identify as belonging to the 2SLGBTQQIA community.

If this does not describe your experience, we kindly ask that you save your work until the next issue.

Your writing needn't focus on madness/mental health if you are submitting poetry, fiction, or visual art; however, nonfiction, reviews, open letters, and research should relate specifically to experiences of madness or mental health challenges. 

We recognize the ongoing discrimination and oppression many of our contributors face—because of colonization, racism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, ableism, classism, ageism, capitalism, etc.—and the ways these and other injustices impact people’s (un)wellness. We welcome people belonging to diverse communities to submit to OMQ, and we work to prioritize voices that are currently underrepresented. 

There is an optional space in the submission process to self-identify as belonging to any of these communities; however, as we understand some people may not feel comfortable or safe self-identifying, it is by no means mandatory. Any information you share with us on this subject will be kept strictly confidential.

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