Throughout history, the queer body has been deemed unnatural. Subject to scientific skepticism, gender essentialism, and other harmful ideologies, the othered body of the queer individual has been removed from histories of both the natural world and, of course, the man-made one.

With this series, we want to hear how you connect with the natural world. Whether it be your backyard, the countryside, an apple you purchased this morning - any and everything that draws you to nature and aids or inspires you as a queer individual. Draw from your personal experiences and efforts to connect your physical being with your environment. Tell us how you have lived; how you live now; how you will survive.

The title for this series - Queer Pastoral - is a play on the pastoral genre of writing of the 19th century, wherein an over-romanticized, explicitly harmful Western form of storytelling emerged that wrongfully glorified the landscape these early settler-colonial writers encroached upon. Reworking the genre to tell BIPOC and LGBTQ2S+ stories instead is one small step toward reclaiming narratives that were violently erased or overlooked in Canada’s past.

Rules for submission:

Old Growth Press prioritizes work by BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ folks. If you identify as such we encourage you to submit! Currently we are only accepting submissions from folks located in Canada.  Provide a short bio with examples of your work and a proposal for your project.  We welcome submissions of poetry, comics, and a combination of writing and illustration. Please send your proposals to

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