Cruising around for magazine markets to submit my writing to today (yes, I have finally decided that this is the year to take the plunge and get over my fear of submitting), I was delighted to discover what looks like an amazing online publication: Rainbow Rumpus.
From the website: “Rainbow Rumpus is the world‘s only online literary magazine for children and youth with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents. We provide a safe, fun, and empowering place for young people to create and enjoy art, break through isolation, build community, and take action to make the world a better place.”
Their author advisory panel is made up of some of my favorites: Nancy Garden (who I had the amazing opportunity to meet and interview), Marion Dane Bauer who was one of the amazing faculty at Vermont College of Fine Arts when I started there, Gregory Maguire (author of Wicked, general gentleman, lovely tenor, and philanthropist), and award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson.
It looks like they publish articles, but there are no details about submitting them. However their submission guidelines for fiction can be found here.
Anyway, I’m a huge fan of any publication or organization that seeks to help kids understand their lives better, and kids with GLBTQ family members have a unique challenge in navigating their social environment. Anything that we can do to make that journey clearer for them is a wonderful thing in my book.