We are currently closed for submissions, but we will re-open for volume 3 from April 22nd to June 21st!

briars lit is an online literary anthology looking to publish fairy tale inspired fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, as well as hybrid work. Specifically, we are looking for a queering of classic, modern, and original tales. From the Brothers Grimm to Hans Christian Andersen and beyond, we’re looking for work from authors who identify as queer as well as stories told by queer characters.

We find works that both accept and reject the traditional narrative of a “happily ever after” compelling. We are drawn to pieces that work to understand what defines queerness, from gender to sexuality, and work that grapples with the realities of being queer, both in the real world and worlds unlike our own.

We are open to retellings and reimaginings, as well as original tales and meditations on the stories that have had such power over our lives. We are open to reprinting previously published works as long as the rights have reverted back to the author. Starting in summer 2019, our summer volumes are themed, although we will still consider works that do not explicitly fit the theme, and our winter volumes are not themed.

The theme for our third issue is nature. Tell us of your love affair with the ocean or the sky. Describe the soft touch of rain or the silence of snow. Explore the seasons and their cycles—earthworms on sidewalks, sand between your toes, crisp red apples, and ice like shattered glass. We want stories of wild beasts in tangled forests. Of magic steeds and hidden groves. Give us your adventures through the natural world.

briars lit is seeking submissions from both established and emerging writers who are interested in reclaiming queer identities in fairy tales, either classic or their own.