We are delighted to announce Issue 2 of YOUth&I is currently accepting submissions!
Prompt: “It’s their turn to listen”
Please check out our video and review the submission guidelines below. We are excited to work with you to publish as many contributions by intersex youth as we can!
Who can submit?
Intersex people aged 30 or below from anywhere in the world.
If you are younger than 18 years old, we will get in touch with you to talk further about publication risks.
Anonymous submissions or works to be published under a pseudonym are welcomed.
What can I submit?
We are accepting any kind of writing and artwork – anything that can be published in print! We have previously published essays, poetry, photography, drawings and comic strips. Look through Issue 1 to see what we have previously published: https://darlington.org.au/youthandi/.
The prompt for this issue is “It’s their turn to listen”. Intersex people have a history of being silencing by doctors, family and society, and are often told there is no one else like us or that we shouldn’t share our experiences. But we say no more! Young intersex voices need to be heard.
You can use this prompt as much or as little in your submission as you like. You do not need to submit something related to this theme, but you can use it to help guide you in developing a submission.
Submissions must be your own original work, unpublished and not under consideration elsewhere.
Writings can be up to two pages. Get in touch if you would like to submit something longer and we can discuss.
What language can I submit in?
You may submit in any language. YOUth&I is an English-based publication. If you submit works in a language other than English, we will do what we can to translate your piece and publish your original piece alongside a translated version.
Depending on the language you submit in, we may need some guidance from you and/or a regional intersex organisation as to who may assist in the translation work. Please get in touch if there is someone you know who is able to translate your work to English, including yourself.
Copyright will remain with the contributor although YOUth&I retains online and print publication rights in perpetuity. We ask that you acknowledge YOUth&I in any subsequent publication.
How much will I be paid?
You will be paid AUD$100 for each published piece.
Can I submit multiple pieces?
Yes, you can send in as many pieces as you like, however depending on the number of contributions we receive we may not publish them all. You will be paid for each published contribution.
When do I need to submit by?
We are accepting submissions until Friday 13 August. We may be able to accept submissions after this time on a case-by-case basis, but please contact us early to let us know if there are expected delays.
We encourage early submissions to give us time to work with you to edit your work. If your work needs to be translated, please try and submit your work early or let us know what language you are planning to submit in.
We understand COVID has been a particularly difficult time for everyone and has impacted some individuals and regions much more than others. Please get in touch with us early on if you are interested in submitting but are having trouble with the timeframe or other issues, and we can see what we can do to accommodate you.
How do I submit?
Please send an email to email@example.com with the following information:
- Your submission attached, preferably in a Word document
- The title of your submission
- Your name or pseudonym
- Your age (or at least confirm you are between 18-30 or are below 18 years of age)
- The language your piece is written in, if it is not in English
- Your country of origin (optional)
- Pronouns (optional)
If you have any concerns about your privacy please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We understand that internet connectivity may be difficult. If you have any problems, please contact us by email at email@example.com or on Whatsapp: +61 452 590 165.
What happens if my work is accepted for publication?
You will be notified as soon as possible after the submission closing date as to whether your work(s) will be published.
We will work with you if there are any edits required and will only publish with your final approval. If we need to translate the work, we will do our best to get it translated. We might contact you if we need assistance in finding a suitable translator.
If you are under 18 years of age, we will get in touch with you to talk about publication risks.
We will ask you for a short biography to publish with your work. This is entirely optional, and you may choose to provide nothing and submit your work anonymously.
Once everything is lined up for publication, we will pay you AUD$100 per contribution. We will contact you on how that payment is to be made and are open to flexible options to accommodate payment efficiently and safely.
Where and when will it be published?
YOUth&I will be available for free online. If we are able to print copies of YOUth&I, these will be distributed to some stockists in Australia and New Zealand. We will also look to provide some copies to regional intersex organisations.
We are aiming to publish YOUth&I by the end of the year.
About the team
Steph Lum is the founder and editor of YOUth&I. Steph is an intersex advocate and poet from Wurundjeri land (Melbourne) and Ngunnawal and Ngambri land (Canberra), Australia. Steph believes strongly in youth intersex voices and founded YOUth&I in order to help establish a platform for other young creatives to share and be visible.
Georgia Andrews is the stakeholder manager of YOUth&I. Georgia lives in Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Georgia is an active youth advocate with a passion for connecting intersex youth and families to supportive communities.
YOUth&I Issue 2 is financially supported by Intersex Human Rights Australia (IHRA). IHRA is a national not-for-profit company by and for people with innate variations of sex characteristics. We are grateful for IHRA’s ongoing encouragement and support.
Please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Whatsapp: +61 452 590 165.
On 7 July 2019, we put out a call for submissions to create an Australian-first intersex youth publication – YOUth&I. We sought to create a safe space for young intersex people to share their stories in their own words and not be taken out of context or rewritten by endosex (non-intersex) people. A space for intersex voices to be heard in their own right. A chance to educate the people we live with and to connect with others including those who, even if they don’t know the word intersex, might recognise some of these stories and experiences within themselves.
To be intersex—born with variations in sex characteristics—is not to be any one thing. There are intersex women, intersex men, intersex non-binary people. There are intersex people of all ages, all backgrounds, all faiths, and all sexual orientations. We know of over 40 intersex variations. With so many different body types, intersex people can have wildly different needs from each other and have different experiences in how they have been treated by people around them and how they see themselves.
Creating safe spaces in community to share, hear, and hold each other is incredibly important. While the intersex community in Australia is growing, spaces solely for intersex youth have so far been difficult to create and sustain. YOUth&I provides a space for young intersex people in Australia and elsewhere to share, create, be visible, and be valued. It is one answer to the challenges of storytelling in a world that is only just beginning to listen and where sharing can be painful, unsupported, unsafe, and not always clear whether it leads to change. It is also one answer to the challenges of bringing together young intersex people and giving them the opportunity to express the creativity and joy in their lives.
On 28 October 2019, we launched YOUth&I in print and online at Smith’s Alternative in Canberra. You can read it and experience it for free right here and continue to follow us for further updates and more resources for intersex young people on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
Click on the cover below to view the whole publication!
See where you can find physical copies of YOUth&I Issue 1 here.
YOUth&I Issue 1 was supported by the ACT Capital of Equality grants program, run by the ACT government and administered by the Office for LGBTIQ Affairs. We are fortunate in Canberra to have a small but growing number of young intersex people who are willing to speak up and who are encouraged and supported by allies in the wider community. While intended as a one-off publication, the creative potential of intersex young people is limitless and in time there may be further issues. In the meantime, this issue captures a particular moment in how intersex people think and talk about themselves, their experiences growing up in this time, the growth of an intersex community in Australia and around the world, and the development of an intersex movement.
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