HEADCASE: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, And Queer (LGBTQ) Writers and Artists on Mental Illness
Headcase will be an anthology comprised of 15-20 nonfiction pieces by writers and artists both established and new, exploring the theme of mental health, mental illness, and mental health care in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) community. The book is currently being considered for publication by a major queer press.
The anthology seeks essays, poetry, and comics by queer consumers of mental health services or queer individuals who have been diagnosed, but do not identify as patients, with mental illness. Works should explore the intersection of queerness and mental health and can include topics such as psychotropics; Gender Identity Disorder and its acceptance or rejection as a legitimate mental disorder; conventional v. holistic treatment; experiences in therapy, groups, and/or institutions; how race and ethnicity, class, sex, gender identity, age, and disability impact access to treatment; addiction, self-medicating, and recovery.
Modest compensation provided upon publication to contributors whose pieces are chosen.
• Pieces should be between 750 and 1500 words (approximately 3 to 5 double-spaced pages).
• While the deadline for a 2010 publication date has not yet been established, submitting a description of a work in progress ASAP is recommended.
• Submissions should be sent as a Microsoft Word document, double-spaced, 12 pt. font, Times New Roman font.
• Please provide a brief (100 words or less) bio with your submission
Please send submissions/project descriptions to firstname.lastname@example.org
I can think of so many topics! Besides the ones listed, how about the prevalence of eating disorders in queer men (and womyn, of course), difficulty in finding appropriate resources, stigma, pop culture references... What topics come to your mind? As for myself, I might write about coming out in a mental institution and recovery center. Any thoughts?