Calling All Gay Writers!

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Are you a writer? A boy? Do you get down with the same sex? Well, it’s your lucky day, ’cause queer editor Don Weise and a who’s who of homo authors just launched The Open Door Project: a fiction-writing contest for gay men.

Weise explains:

The contest is the first of its kind. Never before have gay editors and writers gotten together around a project; the genesis started around our feeling that gay literature was decimated by the AIDS epidemic and has been off track, if you will, ever since. Our purpose here is to help reinvigorate the writing scene, especially where young men are involved.

Judges include Dennis Cooper, Samuel Delany and Andrew Holleran. Pretty fucking sweet, right?

Get all the details after the jump…

The Open Door Project:

A five-day publishing introduction intensive in New York City– including a series of lunches with literary agents, book editors, and other publishing figures, a public reading, and a private cocktail reception with New York’s writing community will be awarded to the winner of the first Open Door Project fiction competition.

The contest is open to gay men writing fiction with queer content who have not yet
published a book of fiction. Accommodations and transportation will be provided to an out of town winner. Judges include Christopher Bram, Alexander Chee, Samuel R. Delany, Dennis Cooper, Robert Gluck, E. Lynn Harris, Scott Heim, Andrew Holleran, David Leavitt, Stephen McCauley, Dale Peck, and John Weir.

Submit stories or stand-alone novel excerpts of up to 8,000 words by March 1, 2008. The winner will be announced June 08. There is no entry fee.

Submissions should be mailed to:
Don Weise, Open Door Project
c/o Oscar Wilde Bookshop
15 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014

Please do not contact the bookstore for information about the Open Door Project. Queries can be sent to [email protected] No queries confirming receipt or status of submissions please.