I talk honestly and openly about my experiences with mental illness, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome through the lens of feminism, fat acceptance and process theology. I also do recipe and book reviews. My mission is to spread the message that hope is always real for a better life, despite living in a world that is often very harsh.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Headcase - Submissions Accepted Now for Nonfiction work by LGBTQ Writers and Artists about Mental Illness!!!

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.

Guidelines

• 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 headcase_anthology@yahoo.com
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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?

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