During the Asexuality in YA series we want to use our space on GayYA to support ace spectrum voices. Last year, we decided to host Awareness Week Series over the various LGBTQIA+ Awareness Weeks throughout the year. Though we hope to include everyone on the site at all times, we wanted to dedicate a concentrated space to people from a specific community to talk about how they’re represented in YA. The response from the community was phenomenal– we got to feature many fantastic and thought-provoking posts, and watched as the community fostered some nuanced discussions via our identity-centric Twit Chats. I personally remember feeling amazed as I read the posts that were sent in and scrolled through the Twit Chat hashtag. I realized I wasn’t alone in my feelings of discontent regarding the representation of my identities, or my hopes for what that representation could look like in the future. I got to meet and connect with so many smart and passionate people.
So of course, we had to do the Awareness Week Series again this year.
Unfortunately, the dates for this year’s Asexual Awareness Week (Oct 23rd-29th) ended up never getting on our calendar. We’re so SO sorry for this mishap! We ran across this year’s dates two days ago. We debated trying to pull something together last minute, but since these weeks are driven by guest posts, we didn’t want to ask people to rush their work. We also have a number of resources we’re developing for libraries & bookstores, and want to take the time to get them done right! So we decided instead to reschedule and take the time to truly make a dedicated and purposeful space for an Asexuality in YA Series. So! Our Asexuality in YA series will be held December 5th-10th.
During the 2016 Asexuality in YA series, we’ll feature 5-7 posts from various ace-spec contributors over the course of the week, and dedicate a space to talk about ace representation in YA.
Interested in contributing? Here are the details:
- Posts should be between 800-2500 words, and somehow tie into ace representation in YA. Your posts may go through light edits or a collaborative workshopping process.
- Send your post as a Word or Google doc to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a 2-5 sentence bio about yourself including links to your blog, Twitter, website, or tumblr. Any links you’d like to use should be included as hyperlinks in the post. If you’d like to include a headshot or other images please attach them to the email– do not embed images in the document!
- We do not offer monetary compensation of any sort, but are usually happy to help you out in other ways if we can. Just ask!
- The deadline for submitting a post is November 28th.
A Few Words of Advice:
We will consider any topic that is related to LGBTQIA+ YA, however please be aware that we try to avoid repeating similar takes on identical topics. The more specific you can be, the more likely we are to accept your submission. If you have a few topic ideas and want feedback on which would work best, email us you ideas and we’ll work together to find the best fit!
Lastly… we are EXTREMELY interested in post submissions from teens & young adults. Your voice is the most important in discussions about representation in YA, and we want to hear from you. With that said, all are encouraged to send pieces in! 🙂
Email email@example.com with any questions. We look forward to reading your submissions!
Are you an avid reader of LGBTQIA+ YA? Do you have ThoughtsTM about the representation of LGBTQIA+ youth? Are you interested in helping GayYA.Org decide which LGBTQIA+ YA books to recommend, review, and promote?
We are thrilled to announce that we are seeking 5 new members for our Selection Team. GayYA’s Selection Team is a group of people who help GayYA decide which books to recommend, review, and help promote. GayYA gets dozens of review requests a month. We are unable to keep up with reading all the books! That’s where you come in.
We’re looking for people who:
-Have read a wide selection of LGBTQIA+ YA books, and can assess what is unique about an LGBTQIA+ YA book in context of other LGBTQIA+ YA. (Does it flip a trope on its head? Represent an underrepresented identity? Introduce an entirely new narrative?)
-Are able to commit to reading 1-2 LGBTQIA+ YA books a month. (We’re pretty flexible about which books these are. We have ARCs, finished final copies, and ebooks that we can send you/mail, as well as an extensive backlist of titles that you may have already read or can most likely get from a library.)
-Have a wide range of identities. GayYA believes that beyond needing diverse books, we need diverse reviewers & critics. As often as we can we want to match books with reviewers who share the same identity as the main character. In particular we are looking for people who identify as trans, intersex, asexual, aromantic, nuerodiverse, and disabled. We’re also seeking people of color, Jewish & Muslim people, and people from countries besides the US. (This said, everyone is welcome to apply!)
What will Selection Team members be asked to do?
-Read 1-2 books a month.
-Write an internal report (NOT a review) on whether or not they believe the book should qualify for a GayYA recommendation.
-Interact/collaborate with other Selection Team members.
-Provide feedback on our book selection process.
Interested in being a part of this team? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with:
-A little bit about yourself (name, how you identify, and anything else you’d like to share!)
-2 reviews of LGBTQIA+ YA books that you’ve written (if you haven’t posted/published any reviews, it’s perfectly fine to simply send us your thoughts on two LGBTQIA+ YA books)
- A word of advice: we’re looking for readers who are able to critically analyze representation, so choose reviews that showcase that ability!
-Feel free to also include another writing sample and social media, blog, or Goodreads links.
Email email@example.com with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!