The theme for this issue is CIRCUS MAXIMUS: It's the greatest show on Earth! And there's a sucker born every minute.
The short explanation for what a 'Yes, And' issue is that this is a text-focused issue intended to make space for stories that include elements that would otherwise make said stories not fit so easily into either our standard m/m or our special f/f issues. The longer explanation is behind this LJ cut:
While we here on the editorial staff love what Shousetsu Bang*Bang was created to be and has become, we have in the past both desired and heard the cry from others for an issue that would make a space for stories that don't match either the m/m formula of our general, bimonthly issues or the f/f space in our annual March issues. That's what this issue is meant to be. If you've had a story to tell, but you've kept it to yourself because you didn't feel its content matched the general structure of the project, now's the time to dig it out, dust it off, and get it ready to go!
We decided to call it 'Yes, And' because of its place in improvisational theatre -- in improv, you never say 'no', you only say 'yes, and...' We want this to be an issue that says 'Yes' to what fits already in our other issues, but gets into the 'And' of things that might not: explicit bisexuality, gender fluidity, and alternate expressions of sexuality, just to name a few.
Participants are encouraged, however, to keep SSBB's general audience in mind. Even though this issue is open to a variety of pornographic delights, SSBB's core readership is built around people who enjoy either or both of our standard gay and lesbian issues. A story with more conventional portrayals of heteronormative gender and sexuality certainly fits the 'And' of the title, but will probably not find its best reception here.
For this project, we've decided to err on the side of openness and inclusivity to see what that brings us. If you have any questions about what might or might not be appropriate to the spirit of this exercise, please contact us privately, where we'd love to discuss address any concerns you might have. Please understand, though, that this particular post is a signup post, and we reserve the right to freeze/delete unrelated comments in order to keep this particular post manageable and indexable.
- Quick Answers: Interested in participating but don't know where to start? Bring your quick questions here!
- Submission Guidelines for Fiction: All the specifics for text submissions. READ BEFORE SUBMITTING.
- Submission Guidelines for Art: Whether you're illustrating or submitting a standalone piece, here's what you need to know.
There will be a digital edition of this issue released for download at some point in the future, and from this point on we're assuming that if you submit to us, you are saying yes to being a part of this collection. However, if you do not want your contribution available for download, please let us know in an email and we will respect that.
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Prospective standalone (only) artists:
[Please note: this section of the signup is for artists who are interested in contributing original art but do not want to collaborate with an author. Any artist who offers to illustrate is of course welcome to do a standalone piece as well.]
Illustrators offering services: