For Ladies in distress, or: offering an extension


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Yesterday, I posted the following to Facebook:

“So: the DEADLINE for the menstruation anthology Tanis MacDonald, Rosanna Deerchild and I are editing is in TWO DAYS. SUBMIT! Or ASK NICELY FOR AN EXTENSION! But: DO SOMETHING.”

And I proceeded to have conversations with all kinds of writers that I admire over the course of the day.

I’d given five or six extensions by bedtime.

This morning, Rosanna and Tanis and I chatted briefly. They’d both had the same day: “YES you can have an EXTENSION + WHOA that sounds like a good poem/essay/story.”

Given that there are probably lots of people we DON’T know in a similar situation, we’ve agreed to offer the extension more widely.

So: the new deadline for submissions is October 31. 

We’re super excited by all the submissions we’ve gotten so far and all the submissions we’ve been promised.



We are stronger together…


Seems to me with all this talk of grabbing that it’s a good morning to ask women and non-binary folks of all ages and backgrounds to send Ariel Gordon, Rosanna Deerchild, and me their poetry, fiction, and personal essays about menstruation, its political force, its defiance, its cessation, its unpredictability, and everything else about living in the world as a menstruating person.

I want to send special encouragement for submissions of work from writers under the age of thirty, from writers with First Nations heritage, from writers of colour, from writers living with disabilities, from gender-queer and gender-fluid writers. When the patriarchy rears its ugly head and flaps its garrulous lips, we are stronger together. The deadline is Oct. 15th. Need more time? Email us. 

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A message from Tanis MacDonald


Only seven more weeks to go in our call for submissions period!

Menstruation writing can be about having your period and about all forms of cessation of menstruation.

We are looking for prose (fiction and non-fiction), essays, poetry, and mixed-genre work for women and non-binary folks from all kinds of cultural backgrounds, socio-economic circumstances, political stances, bodies, and walks of life.

I would love to see work that addresses class, race, age, and dis/ability.