The “A Room of Their Own” project is now accepting submissions to the project!
What is “A Room of Their Own”?
“A Room Of Their Own” seeks to explore and document the myriad of ways in which LGBT content creators and fandom participants use fanworks as a celebration of their identities and to force popular mainstream media to reflect their lived experiences. Basically, it seeks to be a collection of essays, comics, and interviews documenting how LGBT members of fandom use their various talents to carve out a space for themselves in mainstream fiction and to explore their identities in a relatively safe space.
“A Room of Their Own” is currently a blog that will accept submissions on a consistent basis, but the eventual goal is to compile a selection of the pieces into a zine or a series of zines, the proceeds of which will go to the Trevor Project and Trans Lifeline.
This project is also a part of a community service project that I am submitting to my Queer Studies in Education course at California State University, Los Angeles, and that may be submitted to the CSULA 13th Annual Student Research and Creative Arts Conference on Genders and Sexualities this Spring. If you want your piece to be discussed and presented at the conference, please say so in your email so that I can include it in my presentation.
Who Can Submit?
Any members of the LGBT community who have experience as fanwork creators or even who have just partaken in fanworks created by others are welcome to contribute! While I do understand that transformative fanworks have also positively impacted non-LGBT people as well, the focus of this project is specifically on LGBT fanwork creators and consumers and how fanworks have given them a space to explore their identities and see themselves represented in popular fiction.
What Can I Submit?
Almost anything! Essays, comics, videos, songs- whatever format allows you to interact with the subject best. If you have any doubts as to whether or not your preferred format fits the project, feel free to send an ask!
The piece you submit should focus on how participating in fandom culture has impacted you in your journey towards self acceptance and discovery, particularly as pertains to your identity as a member of the LGBT community.
How Can I Submit?
Please email your piece to firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment.
If you are submitting a text piece, please submit via google docs/drive if you are able.
You are also welcome to post your piece on your own blog and send us a link to reblog if you feel more comfortable with that
While we are accepting submissions on a near-constant basis, we do ask that if you want your work to be included and credited in the conference and if you want to be included in the zine, that you do send your submission in by March 31, 2017 at 11:55 P.M. PST. (If you are running a little late on your submission, please contact us via ask or email for an extension).
Why Should I Submit?
Most explorations into the world of transformative fanworks have been done by outsiders and more for the sake of morbid curiosity rather than for the purpose of accurately representing LGBT fandom culture. This project seeks to even the balance of who has charge of our narrative by giving LGBT fanwork creators a platform to tell their own stories. So you should submit because you have a story to tell, a story that might help someone else just by being told.
Thank you very much and I hope to hear from you soon!
If you have any questions, please feel free to send an ask or an email at any time.
I didn’t know what I signed up for but I can finally say I’m done after weeks and weeks of hard work! Originally I intended to draw the dresses they wore in the finale of the last concert, but I saw this come out and loved it instantly :(
*I didn’t include the wings and tails because they got in the way
Listen, if y'all want fanfic and fanart, you’ve got to start showing creators some love.
People pour their blood sweat and tears into things only to get a handful of reblogs or kudos and like… it’s so demoralizing? ??
You start to think there’s no point.
And then you get people complaining about how there’s no new fics or art and like,
You can help fix this, friends.
Just… reblog some shit. Rec some fics. Leave some comments.
People. Need. Encouragement.
This beauty arrived in the post today. It’s a fanbook with some gorgeous art by @taro-k (though it’s a collaboration of 3 artists). I asked to have it signed, which they agreed to so the last page has the signature from all three :P
The art really is stunning, and it’s cleverly presented (some pages are full spreads, with the scenery spreading over both pages) - and the artists were all extremely helpful during the ordering and delivery. Can’t recommend enough~!
As a bonus, I also got these two (completely unrelated to the zine) in the post;
Why aren’t stable AU’s more of a thing? I personally love the idea of my OTP (or yours no judging on this blog plz and thank you) falling in love over a competition for their horses, or maybe one inheriting a distant relatives stable and the other getting over their fear of horses through helping them. And so, I have some random fic starters for my most amazing authors!
I have my first giant competition coming up and I’m freaking out but my horse is worse and so I’m taking him/her to another stable for a bit- WHOA THAT STABLE HAND IS HOOOOT!!!
Our parents both have stables next to each other in property and they’ve been bitter enemies since like 1980 something and we never saw each other at all somehow and then I looked over the fence one day and now I’m intrigued?
You came here to work a summer job and we really hit it off and time flew by and now you need to leave because your fiancé is in hospital and I want to help but I don’t know how.
I just got a new horse right after my other one was sold right under my nose and I’m really sad so I came here to board it- HEY WAIT IS THAT MY HORSE!?
One of my friends bet me 200 bucks that I could steal a horse from your stable without getting caught but I did and you have a shotgun oh great please don’t kill me!
You never had the chance to see a horse because you grew up in the city but your grandfather just got ill and so your taking over the farm while he gets better do you need some tips?
I got injured on a trail ride but all I care about is if my horse is ok or if he/she fell off the cliff too and you teach me self worth over the course of being my stay home care-taker.
I hope that you all use these prompts to the best of their ability! Have fuuuuun~
He knew the way Tweek’s bones ground together when he moved. He knew the clean smell of his skin and he memorized every bump and hill that made up Tweek’s face. The soft lids that fluttered over his eyes. Blue, Craig thought. He thought they were blue, but he couldn’t really remember. He wondered if his own eyes were that color.
The hard tips of his mutilated fingers found their way into his eye sockets. They scraped along the inside of the rotting holes, where he heard his fingers rub against the hardness of his skull. He cried out softly to himself in sorrow.