Archive for July, 2010

S&S short story comp II

The Saints and Sinners GLBT Literary Festivals Second Annual Short Fiction Contest is soliciting original, unpublished short stories between 5,000 and 7,000 words with GLBT content on the broad theme of Saints and Sinners. The contest is open to authors at all stages of their careers and to stories in all genres.

The entry fee is $15 per story. There is no limit on the number of stories each author may enter. One grand prize of $250 and two second place prizes of $50 will be awarded. In addition, the top stories will be published in an anthology from QueerMojo, an imprint of Rebel Satori Press. There will also be a book release party held during the 9th annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans May 12-15, 2011. The deadline for the receipt of manuscripts is November 1, 2010.

Entries judged by John Berendt.

Entry form here.


July 21, 2010 at 12:09 am Leave a comment

Something else to keep you busy down there, when you’re having a breather

This isn’t new but tattooing your pussy has to hurt, right? Right? Think it’ll catch on?

Calling Amy Winehouse, hello?

[via Defamer, who calls it twattoos]

July 16, 2010 at 6:36 pm Leave a comment

Write your life

Lee Lynch, for whom I have boundless admiration, has written another humbly inspiring piece in her bimonthly column at JAW. Lee is a L&G historian by default – she writes contemporary lesbian stories that establish an indelible  sense of time, place and people in a way that reminds you to gently ‘take notice please’ – without intending to claim them as memoirs or, much less, historical fiction.

Aside from her stories, her column, called Amazon Trails, has been running for decades – sometimes moving between homes but always a note to look forward to. The reason I’m highlighting AT in this post is because I’m going to quote a line from it:

Every book a gay person writes about a gay life, every time we come out to a boss – or every time we hide while the bigots win elections – we may think we’re just living our lives, but we’re actually determining our history.

I have friends, gay and lesbian, who will never do the grand gesture of marching, protesting, petitioning or stuff like that yet still live their whole lives as homosexuals, usually in long term relationships. We argue about whether just ‘being’ that way (usually on the quiet) is enough or whether they should do more. Obviously how much one can show depends on each individual situation. But herein lies the truism, if we don’t do then there will be no change.

Many, if not all, of us owe our progressively improving lot to the few who ‘do’.  My question then is if you had nothing to lose, if you were secure enough, would you ‘do’ more? My part answer, for today, is no. If you’ve been ‘not doing’ for most of your life, then having more freedom/less recriminations will not make you change your behaviour. Because you’re used to just ‘being’.

July 14, 2010 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment

Books to perve at

Hola, kids.

I’ll be heading soon to Cologne for the Gay Games and continue tramping through Central Europe over (their) summer. In the run up to that, I have a thousand and one things to do/buy/select/pack/unpack and organise, hence the quietness on this blog.

But before I leave you, here are a couple of items literary lesbianistas that you are should check out:

The first is a peek at the new Batwoman comic series, Elegy. Take a look at the graphics. Like wow! If you’re wondering why you should support this series, well, honey, Batwoman in her RL alter ego as Kate Kane, is family. I don’t know why she’s got a couple of freaky dudes as her sidekicks but I can’t wait to find out. Sadly, I won’t be taking it on holiday with me. I’ll be loading up my iPhone with ebooks in the unlikely event I’ll have time to read.

Secondly, this is a shout out for a young woman who is attempting to read and review the whole lesbian literature-verse.  She’s starting a bit far back but unearthing some beauties. Good on ya, Danika. Send her your book picks at

Finally, don’t forget to download your copy of 4Play: Read These Lips Volume Four from

July 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm 2 comments

4Play: Read These Lips, Volume Four – now available

In 4Play, once again Read These Lips presents stories and poetry to whet your appetite and feed your mind. The brilliant Janis Spehr shares a glimpse of rural Australia life you hadn’t expected. Feast on the charismatic poetry of Natasha Carthew, the bittersweet denial in Joan Annsfire’s ‘trip’, and the soulful passion from Robinet Christian. Amy McDonald pens a spicy other-worldly tale that could happen. See the world unfolding through young eyes in stories by R.G. Emanuelle and J.E. Knowles. Read on to Jessica Mason McFadden’s take on loving a woman and partake of a breakfast chat with a twist from Rachel Green, before ending on a lover’s serenade by Tamara Klinger.

This collection is brought to you through the generosity of our featured writers and the creative team at

4Play is for fun, for life, and for you.

Available as a free ebook from

July 2, 2010 at 12:31 am Leave a comment

Evecho’s newsy bits

News, updates and links from the lesbian and publishing ‘verse that interest me, my current projects, keeping up with authors and sharing musings on middle-class life, gourmet adventures and comparisons between East/West perspectives. My opinions will likely be linearly logical and gayly bent, as they tend to be.