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Our staff has complete creative control over which pieces are accepted, how the pieces are edited, and how the anthology comes together. Submissions are reviewed by a team of copy editors and a smaller group of two to three executive editors. In a final stage, editors review the content in more detail, refining flow, syntax, and general layout. Approved pieces will be formatted and published online and/or in print by a team of production editors. Print work is selected based on content quality.


  • Submissions should be original and relate to LGBTQ culture in some way — broadly defined. 

  • Anyone, regardless of identity, may submit pieces. We accept submissions from allies and other non-LGBTQ identifying people. We do not accept pieces that are inherently homophobic or directly act against our missions.  

  • Email submissions to

  • Length: There are no length requirements or restrictions. Some pieces are one page; others are dozens.

  • Accepted genres:​​

    • Fiction (including short stories, flash fiction, and more)  

    • Non-fiction (including academic papers, theses, anecdotes, creative non-fiction, and more)  

    • Poetry​ (including traditional poetry, free verse, prose poetry and more)

    • Art (including drawings, sketches, digital art, multimedia art, videos, graphics, gifs, and more) 

  • Accepted file types:

    • Format written submissions as a .docx file in a legible 12-point font. We are no longer accepting .pdf files and will request that you re-submit your piece as a .docx file. 

    • Format art submissions as a .png or .jpeg file.

  • Information about you and/or request to remain anonymous: 

    • Please include in the body of the email: your name, school, program of study (or major), year, pronouns, a description of your inspirations and/or motivations for the piece, and any other cool information you wish to share about yourself. If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate this in the body of your email. You can update or change this decision at any time prior to publication.  

    • Please DO NOT include any identifying information on the submission itself, since we aim to protect confidentiality and anonimity throughout the selection and editing process. 

  • We will do our best to notify you of your submission status via email within 2 weeks of the submission date. Please understand that this turn around time cannot be guaranteed, as we are completely student-run and in the midst of a pandemic. If you have not heard from us, feel free to follow up via email an dwe will get back to you as soon as possible.  



  • This year, we are operating on a rolling basis for online publications. This means that while there is no firm deadline for online publication, we have recommended deadlines several times a semester. The first of these rolling deadlines is October 1st. The second rolling deadline is October 31st.

  • However, if you wish to be published in our spring print edition, submissions must be received by February 1 that year so that our production team has enough to complete and publish the book. 

PLEASE NOTE: If you submit work to Q* you may not publish or submit it elsewhere before or while waiting for a response from our team.

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