Queer In Brighton call for submissions

Besi Besemar January 5, 2013


Queer in Brighton a heritage project celebrating the city’s unspoken LGBT histories and how these have shaped, and continue to shape, the place where we live and play are producing a new collection of stories, oral histories and photographs about the unspoken and outspoken stories of LGBT Brighton, from the 1950s to the present.

Editors Maria Jastrzębska and Shaun Levin are looking for stories about the places, the music, the fashion, the slang, the clubs, the bars, the living rooms, the squats, basements, and cruising grounds where you fell in love, danced till the early hours, looked after friends and lovers, had sex, plotted the revolution, brought up your family (or escaped from them), set up home… and the streets and parks where you marched, held hands, argued or made up.

They want your true stories about Brighton and welcome contributions from all who identify as queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) with experience of living in or visiting Brighton.

The book is scheduled to launch for Pride in August 2013.

Submit your stories about arriving in Brighton, and your reasons for coming to Brighton. About meeting other queer people in Brighton, the places, the people, the time of year.

Who was your first guide to Brighton or were you a guide to someone else?

What placed in Brighton have romantic memories for you. Or traumatic ones?

What political meetings or rallies did you attend in Brighton?

Tell your story about a memorable Pride. What were you wearing? Who were you with?

These are just some possible themes – tell your stories about being queer in Brighton.

The editors want the Queer in Brighton book to reflect the changes in our lives and in the city over the past fifty years, to demonstrate how the HIV epidemic, decriminalisation, civil partnerships, feminism, gender awareness, the economy and other challenges and triumphs of queer life have impacted on where we live and the ways we live our lives.

Queer in Brighton is a heritage project celebrating the city’s unspoken and outspoken LGBT histories and how these have shaped, and continue to shape, the place where we live and play, our days and nights.

The project is led by New Writing South with Pink Fringe and Photoworks, and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2013.

All contributors will receive a copy of the Queer in Brighton book.

Submit your stories via e-mail to:


Or send a hard copy to:

Queer in Brighton, c/o New Writing South, 9 Jew Street, Brighton BN1 1UT

Word count is 500 words (no more than 2 pieces at the first instance)

Submissions will be read as they come in, so early submissions are encouraged.

Stories must be formatted in a file type compatible with MS Word. Double-spaced, 12-point font (Arial or Times New Roman) and set up with a 1-inch margin. Include a cover letter and a short bio with each submission.

Stories are accepted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and may be edited (with the author’s consent).