Gay Like Me - The Resurrection - REMEMBER THIS DATE: 6.29.07

Anonymous's picture

ATTENTION OASIS MEMBERS!

I know that many of you were disappointed by the failure of the Gay Like Me Project. Well, so was I, so much so that I decided to try it again in a little bit different way. I believe that this new project can and will succeed, so everyone listen up and get ready to participate.

Instead of focusing on autobiographical stories, the book is going to be comprised mainly of poetry. Since almost all of you write poetry, I expect a much higher volume of submissions. This book will not be published using Lulu. It will be published for real under the name of my publishing house, Glynworks Publishing. That means it will get its own ISBN number and Library of Congress number. It will also be distributed by Ingram and appear in their catalog, as well as in the Books in Print catalog. I'll be sending galleys to Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, among other publications. In other words, this will be a genuinely published book. Because I (Glynworks Publishing) will be paying all the costs and fees associated with the book and taking all the financial risks, I will be keeping any money made from the book until I recover my expenses. After that, I plan to donate half of any profit generated by the sale of the book to Oasis Magazine. Those whose works are accepted will get one free copy of the book (if you want one), as many additional copies as you want at publication and shipping cost and, of course, the satisfaction of knowing that your work is in print. Frankly, I'm by no means certain that I'll even make back my investment, but this is really more about having all of your voices heard and helping other GLBTQ young people than making money, so that's okay.

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Here are the rules:

1.) You do not have to write new poetry for this. You may submit works you've already written. The poetry must have something to do with your life as a gay teen or young adult. I'm going to be very forgiving in terms of what things meet that criteria, but there are limits. Remember, the title of the book is going to be Gay Like Me, so the works it contains have to be related to that theme in some way. You may submit as many poems as you like, but a maximum of three will be used. It you submit more than three, the editors will decide which (if any) will go into the book.

2.) All previous submissions are null and void. To be in this book, you'll have to submit your works exactly in the manner outlined here. In other words, if you've already submitted work to the previous GLM project, you'll have to submit it again in order to be considered. This is because the project's focus has changed and it's easier if we just start from scratch.

3.) Each submission must be accompanied by the following information:

a. you Oasis member name (to submit under your real name, see below)
b. your age
c. your gender (if you're genderqueer, say so, but give your actual gender please)
d. your location (state or province and country is fine)
e. a short intro to each poem (what it's about, why you wrote it, how you were feeling, etc. It can be anything from a sentence to a page. It's totally up to you. However, you must have one for each poem.)

If any of these things are missing, you'll get it back. Works by non-oasis members can be submitted. In place of the Oasis Member Name, have the poet create a pseudonym (to use their own name, see below)

To Publish Under Your Own Name

You may publish under your own name provided you sign a form giving Glynworks Publishing permission to publish the poem. You must be 18 or older to sign the form yourself. If you are a minor, you must have a parent or legal guardian co-sign it. If you are submitting works under your real name, be sure to say so when you submit. If your work is accepted, we will email you the form to sign. You must sign it and mail it back to me by the date specified in the email. Otherwise, your work will be dropped from the book.

4.) The deadline for ALL submissions is Friday, June 29th at 5pm. Absolutely no material will be considered after that date and time, so I suggest you not procrastinate. You have two full months to create and decide what to submit. ALL submissions must be sent to Pat@oasismag.com.

5.) Those of you who submitted prose pieces for the first project, you may resubmit them for this project. They will count the same as one poem. I think it would be nice to have some of these to kind of add some variety to the book. Prose pieces need not have the intro that are required for poems.

6.) If you want to submit artwork, you are welcome to do so. We need a certain amount for the book. Art submissions will be considered seperately, not as one of your written pieces. In other words, you may submit an art piece as well as three poems if you wish. No photos of actual people will be considered for this project.

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Once I receive your work, I will send you an email telling you that I've received it. After that, you will not probably not hear anything until several weeks after the submission deadline of June 29th. I plan to notify everyone whether or not their submissions were accepted, so if you haven't gotten any word from us by July 27th, you can send us a note to inquire about the status of your submission(s).

I will be forming a new committee of six people to read and vote on which submissions will be included in the book. The editiors of the original GLM project will have dibs on seats, but since I want six people on this committee, so there will be places available even if all three of them choose to participate. If you want to be considered for one of these seats, watch for an announcement in the near future telling you how many positions are available and how to apply for one of them. Each person on the committee will receive a copy of the book, as many additional copies of the book as they wish at publisher's cost plus shipping, and another gift of some kind that I haven't decided upon yet. You do not have to submit work to be considered for one of these seats.

All works will be considered just as submitted, though we reserve the right to correct spelling and basic grammar errors in prose pieces without notifying the author. For spelling errors in Poetry, we will contact you if your work is accepted to verify whether or not the error was intentional.

I will be posting reminders throughout the next couple of months. If you want to post your works on Oasis first to get feedback, that's fine. Just remember that ALL submissions must be sent to Pat@oasismag.com, or else they will NOT be considered. Assuming that we receive enough submissions to move ahead with the project, I plan to bring the book out sometime next year. As I have more information about that, I will let everyone know.

By submitting work to this project, you are agreeing to all the terms and conditions indicated above. If you have any questions, post them here or send an email to me at pat@oasismag.com. I'll answer them all as soon as possible.

Alright guys, you were all disappointed by the fact that the last project failed. Don't let this one go down in flames the same way. Think hard about your submissions and get them in properly and on time. It's all up to you.

- Patrick

dykehalo's picture

Yay *does a happy dance*

Yay *does a happy dance* *jumps up and down excitedly*
I'm not very good at poems but i'll see what i can do. And you said a prose piece is cool too so i might resubmit mine. But i'd love to be on the board... cuz i'm cool...
~~~NO DAY BUT TODAY~~~

the mouse that roared's picture

Why do you need our gender?

Why do you need our gender?

No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless; there is too much work to do.--Dorothy Day

patnelsonchilds's picture

Because I want to know the

Because I want to know the male/female/genderqueer ratio of submissions.

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Toph's picture

I got the impression that

I got the impression that you put your biological sex to help the readers understand what situation (can't think of a better word) you're in, so it enhances the poems impact. Something like that.

~May the spirits guide your every move...to assure you please her in all the right places XD

the mouse that roared's picture

ok

"actual gender" meaning "sex"?

No one has a right to sit down and feel hopeless; there is too much work to do.--Dorothy Day

dykehalo's picture

My personal opinion or what

My personal opinion or what i got from "c. your gender (if you're genderqueer, say so, but give your actual gender please)" is if your genderqueer right that and then if you were born a female right that or same for other cases. Like the gender you were born (physicaly) and then what you are.
~~~NO DAY BUT TODAY~~~

paintthesilence's picture

Yea, I think that's what he

Yea, I think that's what he meant there, mouse.
Keeping in mind that genderqueer is kind of a specific term, I think it was used here to include basically the whole transgendered spectrum.
If it gets too confusing, I'd say just write MtF or FtM. Answers both questions at once. Unless you're neither, and, in fact, genderqueer, in which case you'd put that and then your physical sex.

patnelsonchilds's picture

Are you kidding me? You know

Are you kidding me? You know very well what I mean. Are you a boy or a girl? If you are trangender, gender queer or one of the hundred other ways one can identify oneself, then say so, but I want to know what your physical "sex" is now because yes, it helps the reader identify with you. Just answer the question, using whatever qualifiers you want.

Look guys, I have no intention of vetting my every word to make sure it's politically correct enough to fit every possible scenario. If you're going to live in the real world, you really ought to learn to just let these things pass now and again. Otherwise you're going to waste a whole lot of time and energy being needlessly offended.

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deepspace87's picture

your awfully defensive there

your awfully defensive there lol. when we submit a name, it does it have to be our sn on here, or if we want to, can we make it something different? if we want to keep our identity a bit more secret, and anyone who knows me would know that 'deepspace87' is me...

Never be afraid to stand up for whats right. If you lose your values, you've lost yourself, so dont let someone change you into someone you arnt. Don't be afraid of the punishment, Rejoyce in the freedom that let to it.

Riku's picture

You still taking art?

You still taking art? Because if I can manage to get use of a scanner I'd gladly submit some. :3

I'm much better at stories than I am at poetry... So if I don't have a sudden streak of being ridiculously self-conscious about my writing again, I'll probably submit something.. That is, if I can think of something to write. X3

It's just kind of weird for me writing about this sort of thing because my situation keeps changing. And it's like, I want to wait until a calmer point in my life to write these sorts of things, but that'll never happen. (There's always SOMETHING.) And that's probably one of the main reasons I haven't finished writing anything.. Because every time I think I'm done, MORE STUFF HAPPENS! XD So I feel like I have to add that in too. And then it just keeps going..

I'll stop rambling now... XD

Toph's picture

I honestly think I'll be

I honestly think I'll be able to submit something decent because school will be out soon, and I just found out one of mt friends has a scanner

~May the spirits guide your every move...to assure you please her in all the right places XD

dykehalo's picture

Yeh i'd love to submit

Yeh i'd love to submit something for the art cuz i love to take pictures but i ave no clue what to take pictures of that is kind gayish i geuss.
~~~NO DAY BUT TODAY~~~

shadow fire's picture

Great its back up but...

Awesome the project is still going. I'm kind of disappointed its just poems though I was writing a story that I was planning on donating to it if I finished it. O well its awesome this book is still going to be made :D

Shenlong the Arcane's picture

Yay!!! It shall exist!!! Boo

Yay!!! It shall exist!!! Boo that I can't write poetry even when copying it out of a book...

patnelsonchilds's picture

Strange, I ask for stories

Strange, I ask for stories and artwork and I get poetry. Now I ask for poetry and everyone wants to submit stories and artwork.

Here's the deal, if your work is thematically appropriate (ie. about life as a gay teen/young adult), then we will consider it. So whatever you're working on, keep working on it and submit it. If it's good enough to get voted in, it'll go in, regardless of whether it's a poem, a story or a piece of art.

Regarding Art: The art in this book will all be in black and white. You don't have to submit it that way, but it will be in the book that way. You might want to consider this when doing your pieces.

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deepspace87's picture

pat you still never answered

pat you still never answered my question about hte name! :) lol

Never be afraid to stand up for whats right. If you lose your values, you've lost yourself, so dont let someone change you into someone you arnt. Don't be afraid of the punishment, Rejoyce in the freedom that let to it.

patnelsonchilds's picture

Sorry hon. I forgot. You may

Sorry hon. I forgot. You may certainly use another pseudonym if you wish. That goes for anyone.

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shadow fire's picture

Great

Awesome that you can submit other works. I'm going to start writing more of this story.

patnelsonchilds's picture

1ST REMINDER

Just a reminder, so you know that the Gay Like Me project is still on. I've only received two submissions so far, but the deadline isn't until the 29th of June, so I'm not worried yet.

This is an excellent chance for you to get your work published, even if only under a pseudonym. If I get enough quality material, I will move ahead with this project and put the money up to try and get it reviewed and into bookstores. If I don't get enough material, I won't. Simple as that. It's all up to you guys. I'd very much like to see Oasis put out a great book to share with the world. Would you? If so, think seriously about submitting one or more pieces so that our wish can become a reality. You have the power.

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P.S.

Another reminder, if you're over 18 or have your parent or guardian's permission, you can have the option of submitting your work under your own name. You just have to let me know that that's what you want to do and provide me with either a paper signed by your parent giving me permission to use your real name or a statement avowing that you are 18 or over. If you have questions about this, shoot me an email at patnchilds@gmail.com or pvt me here.

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whateversexual_llama's picture

Hey, I don't know what the

Hey, I don't know what the deal is with editors for this GLM ressurection. But if you want to use the same editors, I'm not going to be much help during July or August. I'm pretty much not on the computer at all during the summer.

Anyway, I have much less in the way of poems, but I'll see what I can do.

Whatever I did, I didn't do it.

patnelsonchilds's picture

Well, assuming that I get

Well, assuming that I get enough submissions to go ahead with the project (which is a pretty bold assumption), I won't need editiors, just a selection committee. If you want in, I'll contact you after the June 29 deadline and see if you're around.

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theonechickcagelle's picture

yay! i was wondering what

yay! i was wondering what had happened... kudos. :)

"It's like Dillinger once told me, 'It's always darkest just before they turn on the lights!'"

kaysimpsonian888's picture

aah. i remember i was on

aah. i remember i was on here with another old screen name a really long time ago and this thing was going on . . . i stopped going on before i ever found out what happened to it. did it go anywhere?