Call for Contributions (ZINE) on Sex After Rape

I’m making a zine about sex after rape: the good, the bad and the ugly. If you have something to say on the topic, I would love to hear from you.

What should I write about?

It might include stories of how much you wanted to reclaim your sexuality, or details of how afraid you were. It might talk about how careful your lover was, or how the experience was if your partner did not know about the assault.

It might include stories of LGBT+ people’s experiences of sexual violence being blamed for their gender or sexual identity, and how that played out in sexual experiences that followed.

It might look at how a loving partner can resemble an attacker during a flashback, or it might list 10 ways in which you’ve made sex easier for yourself since your assault.

Anything you have experienced is valid and, if you want to write about it, I would be honoured to include it in the zine if appropriate.

Who can write for the zine?

Anyone with personal experience of rape and sexual assault can write for the zine.

I particularly welcome contributions from underrepresented groups whose voices struggle to be heard such as Deaf and disabled people, older people, working class people, LGBTQIA+ people, women, and people of colour.

You can write under your own name or under a pseudonym.

I don’t write, but I draw

Brilliant! If you want to draw something for the zine, remember it has to be black and white (and photocopiable). Send over a high-quality version of the image.

How to submit or ask questions

To submit your writing or ask a question about the zine, email me at philippa.willitts@gmail.com or find me on Twitter @PhilippaWrites or @incurablehippie

When you’re ready to submit, just send it over.

Bits and bobs

I may not publish everything that is submitted to me. Every contributor whose work ends up in the zine will be sent a hard copy of the zine if they want one, wherever they are in the world. You retain copyright of your writing or artwork but, by submitting to me, allow me permission to publish it in this context.

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