manywor(l)ds is a quarterly online creative multimedia magazine centring queer, trans, intersex, two-spirit, Mad, disabled, neurodivergent, and crip experiences. We are a member of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses.
Words are worlds. manywor(l)ds, as a project, embraces the worldmaking possibilities and practices of language in all its forms. A genreless space, manywor(l)ds hosts the work of creators whose relationships to embodimindment, to sex(uality), to gender, and to a constellation of factors surrounding these concepts, face marginalization and erasure.
We define our demographic loosely on purpose — we don’t want to box you in. But if you need a minute of clarity, we’re interested in works rooted in queer, disabled, trans, intersex, Mad, two-spirit, neurodivergent experiences, regardless of how they manifest. We are particularly interested in those at the nexus of multiple marginalizations, like race, class, size, and geographic/immigration status.
But a demographic is not a politic. Our politic is queercrip, and transMad. We’re interested not only in the fact of identity, but also in the ways that identity, community, and experience inform the things we write and make: how our worlds inform and are formed by our words. As writers, we have been transformed by texts, sharing symbols and secrets, sometimes for the first time, with authors who get it. These moments of wayfinding, the realization that life, for us, is not only possible, but beautiful and creatively rich, form the basis of our approach to this magazine.
We want to know how you wayfind, or how you refuse to. We want to see work that plays by its own rules, or plays by no rules at all. We celebrate blurriness and obfuscation as radical strategies. We do not define genres and we do not define you. We want projects crafted Madly, on crip time, in queer space, of trans genre. Or something like that. We want work that prefigures the worlds we want, and, in this weird little space, makes them manifest.
We are excited to think about the ways our bodyminds inform the texture of our creativity. This is a world where many wor(l)ds fit.
[sarah] Cavar (they, ey, æ, 他) is a writer, editor, and PhD candidate exploring transMadness and/as a speculative f(r)iction. Their work against and across the academic/creative binary has been published in Electric Lit, Disability Studies Quarterly, Split Lip Magazine, CRAFT Literary, Nat. Brut, and elsewhere. Their most recent chapbook, CO/NOTATIONS, is available from Gutslut Press. Their debut novel, FAILURE TO COMPLY, is forthcoming (2024) with featherproof books.
Joyce Kung (they/them) is trying to find their way through the ether, while their physical form is based in so-called Canada on Treaty #13 land. Their words can be found in Sine Theta Magazine, the minison zine, scattered among several notes apps, and likely hidden behind expired domain names. Past and current projects they’ve found their way to range anywhere from media accessibility on Reddit, to the newly established Toronto Chinatown Land Trust.
What We Like
It can be a little hard to discern what editors like and what we’re looking for when reading submissions. Inspired by Underblong’s page “what we like”, we’ve compiled some media that we like below:
- And Shall Machines Surrender by Benjanun Sriduangkaew
- “Becoming Dragon” by micha cárdenas
- Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
- “DISCIPLINE” and “MANNERS” by Joanne Novack (Figure 1, 19.6)
- Event Factory by Renee Gladman
- The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions by Larry Mitchell
- I HOPE WE CHOOSE LOVE: A Trans Girl’s Notes From the End of the World by Kai Cheng Thom
- In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
- Iron Goddess of Mercy by Larissa Lai
- “Parrotfish tranifesto” by Huiying B. Chan (The Offing, 2021)
- Split Tooth by Tanya Tagaq
- Zong! By M. NourbeSe Philip