Gay is a new publication partnership between Roxane Gay and Medium. Laura June Topolsky is the Deputy Editor and Kaitlyn Adams serves as Managing Editor. We will be publishing work weekly, covering a wide variety of topics. We will also assemble ambitious, compelling quarterly themed issues. We are now accepting submissions, on a rolling basis, and look forward to hearing from new and established writers who possess original voices.
Gay will offer some of the most interesting and thoughtful cultural criticism to be found on the Web. We are interested in deep explorations, timelessness, and challenging conventional thinking without being cheap and lazy.
What we love and want: cultural criticism; thoughtful, clever and beautiful personal essays; short fiction; original artwork and photography. We do *not* want even the best hot take you can imagine, and we will not publish news. We do not want you to cannibalize yourself. We are interested in provocative work but we are not interested in senseless provocation.
We pay $1 a word for work up to 3,500 words in length. We seek your best work and we cannot wait to read it. ** Please note that we will publish many more short essays (in the 1,200 word range) than we will longer (3,500 words) ones. **
We are also accepting submissions for our first two themed issues. Consider the theme as a prompt; interpret it as widely and creatively as you wish. We prefer short but detailed pitches over complete, on spec submissions for themed issues, but we will consider full pieces.
Chapter 1: Pleasure. What pleases you or brings you pleasure? Is it good for you, or not? Does it matter and how much does it matter? Is pleasure more or less valuable to you in the face of broad, generalized political unrest? How do we allow ourselves to enjoy and revel in pleasure?
We seek pieces ranging from around 1,200 to about 3,500 words. But what pleases *us* most is quality, so we’re not going to focus unduly on length.
The PITCH DEADLINE for the first quarterly issue: May 17th.
Chapter 2: Pain. What hurts you? How do you deal with hurt and suffering? How have you hurt others or yourself? How do you negotiate the suffering of others?
The PITCH DEADLINE for the second quarterly issue: August 17th.
There are few guidelines for the kind of essays we are looking for. We want nuanced, thoughtful work where the essayist looks both inward and outward. We are particularly interested in well-researched, voice-driven writing.
Personal essays and cultural criticism are warmly welcomed.
While we accept finished work, we are also open to pitches for essays only. What do you want to write about? Why? And why are you the best person to write this piece?
Submit your short stories, up to 5,000 words. I love fiction that is gritty and raw. Make me uncomfortable. Make me feel. Make me care. Make me want.
We are looking for original art to accompany the writing we publish. You may submit up to 6 images at a time.
We are accepting essays and pitches for our first themed issue on pleasure until May 17th.