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. ** PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT ONE ESSAY, STORY OR PITCH AT A TIME. 

ILLUSTRATORS MAY SUBMIT MULTIPLE IMAGES.

We accept submissions and pitches via Submittable here: https://gay.submittable.com/

We respond to all submissions, generally within six weeks.

We are also accepting submissions for our next 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. A good pitch should tell us what you want to write about, why you want to write that essay, and why you are the best person to write that essay. We are very much looking for something more substantive than, "I want to write this essay because I have a story that deserves to be told." Something like that isn't telling us anything.

Chapter 3: Community. What does it mean to be part of a community? How do we live amicably with others? What happens when community fractures or  falls apart? What happens when our communities fail us or when we fail our communities? What does an ideal community look like? What are your visions for utopia/dystopia? How has popular culture dealt with the idea of community in ways either good or bad? We are looking for smart, engaging essays about the nature of community.

Chapter 4: Power. What is power? What does it mean to feel powerful or to be powerful? Is it possible to be powerful and ethical? What would that look like? What does it mean to be powerless? Have you ever abused your power? What does it mean to live in a world where power is distributed so unequally and where power and wealth are often inextricably linked? We are looking for thoughtful essays that grapple with power in al its permutations. 


The PITCH DEADLINE for Community: December 16th. The PITCH DEADLINE for Power: March 16th. 



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.


PLEASE SUBMIT ONLY ONE ESSAY AT A TIME.

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?

We are looking for original art to accompany the writing we publish.  You may submit up to 6 images at a time.

Ends on December 16, 2019

Chapter 3: Community. What does it mean to be part of a community? How do we live amicably with others? What happens when community fractures or  falls apart? What happens when our communities fail us or when we fail our communities? What does an ideal community look like? What are your visions for utopia/dystopia? How has popular culture dealt with the idea of community in ways either good or bad? We are looking for smart, engaging essays about the nature of community.


Ends on March 16, 2020

Chapter 4: Power. What is power? What does it mean to feel powerful or to be powerful? Is it possible to be powerful and ethical? What would that look like? What does it mean to be powerless? Have you ever abused your power? What does it mean to live in a world where power is distributed so unequally and where power and wealth are often inextricably linked? We are looking for thoughtful essays that grapple with power in al its permutations. 

Gay Magazine