Call for Submissions: OUTSIDE ROE

Anomaly seeks previously-unpublished work in all genres for a new feature folio on reproductive justice and its intersections.

We are entrenched in a global culture of power inequities. Reproductive power, the ability to create new human life, threatens upper-class cisheteropatriarchal control and has been highly regulated for centuries.

Regulations of one’s autonomy of body, health, and reproduction vary greatly — from the current US administration’s attacks on abortion access, to the forced sterilization of Puerto Ricans and of Black and Native people in the US, replicated in countries across nearly every continent — from Germany, to Bangladesh, to South Africa, to Peru.

Sexual education and access to contraceptives are suppressed throughout the United States and worldwide. In response, feminist cooperatives have formed to provide DIY OB/GYN care, which includes abortion access.

Across the world, Black and indigenous pregnant people face staggering mortality rates in childbirth, are routinely denied adequate prenatal care, and face racism when attempting to access care. In the US, voter suppression and gerrymandering has resulted in a lack of political representation to favor white conservatives.

Disabled pregnant people are denied self-determination, and face stigma both in and outside of the doctor’s office.

The criminalization of substance use while pregnant has led to drug testing without consent and imprisonment for possessing a wide range of substances, including marijuana. The US denies formerly and currently incarcerated people the right to vote.

In nations including Denmark and Japan, trans people face strict mandates in order to access gender-affirming healthcare and legal documentation consistent with their identities. These mandates can include unwanted surgery. Meanwhile, the bodily autonomy of intersex people in almost every nation is disregarded — and only a handful of countries recommend against invasive surgeries on children who are unable to consent.

In all of these cases, the specter of rape culture looms large.

Anomaly invites people of all genders to contribute to our upcoming folio on reproductive justice and its intersections. Please send us your previously-unpublished fiction, creative nonfiction, poems, hybrid works, collages, comics, videos — basically send us your kickass art of whatever format (we love you) — in conversation with any aspect of reproductive justice and bodily autonomy to This is an ongoing folio throughout the summer of 2019 and into the future.

We especially welcome work by those who are most frequently left out of conversations concerning reproductive rights and bodily autonomy, including people impacted by carceral injustices; disabled and neurodivergent people; people of color (especially Black and indigenous people); queer and trans people; sex workers; HIV+ people; migrants and the children of migrants; and all survivors. Anomaly will honor all requests to publish work anonymously. Deadline: 7/31/2019

Call for Blog & Feature Writers

We’re looking for writers who are interested in contributing in an ongoing manner to the Anomaly Blog, either by proposing a column or series, or by joining a team of staff writers who both pitch and take on assigned pieces for the blog. We are particularly interested in writers to focus on reviews, interviews, and profiles of artists and writers; and in getting pitches for columns or series that focus specifically on a particular artistic or writing community within the purview of our expanded mission. If you are interested, please send an email to Features & Reviews Editor Sarah Clark with a paragraph about what you’re interested in writing about and your CV attached.

Call for Folio Proposals

Anomaly features special sections, that we call folios, in each issue, and between issues. To propose a theme or topic for an upcoming folio, please submit a brief, 500-word description, making sure to specify what genres will be included in the content of your folio, and the names of some potential contributors (you do not need to already have content selected, just a few names as examples!). 

Folios proposals are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis. Propose a folio here.