Carnation – Vol 2 (Pleasure) Call for Submissions


Carnation is a submission-based zine that publishes art and writing created through a lens of diaspora and displacement by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of colour).

Carnation’s theme for Volume 2 is Pleasure.

This theme is rooted in the desire to foster healing, nourishment, resilience, and solidarity for diasporic and displaced people, and awareness and connection for those who witness us. How do we cultivate pleasure in these times despite and in spite of political turmoil? How can we recenter pleasure in the discourse of diaspora and displacement and in our lives in order to complicate the narrative of loss and longing associated with these lived experiences?

We are accepting submissions related to (but not limited to) the following topics on pleasure: Relationships, intimacies, connection, liberation, freedom, healing, ritual, play, embodiment, relationality, sex, erotic power, kink, consent, organizing, activism, feminist killjoy, accessibility, care, love, food, nourishment, abundance, indulgence, leisure, recreation, culture, cultural production, diasporic romanticism, space, place, land, home.

Selected contributors will be paid $200CAD and will get a free copy of the publication. We thank our funder Canada Council for the Arts for making this possible.

Submission deadline: May 15th, 2020, 11:59pm.

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