Equity and Inclusion
- What is “The Quiet Ones?”
The Quiet Ones is a tri-annual e-zine that centers LGBTQIAP+ and women’s voices in the subgenres of quiet horror and intimate dystopian fiction, both for YA and Adult audiences.
- How/When is The Quiet Ones released?
New installments of The Quiet Ones are released in October, February, and June, and are available for download on our website. We are exploring other avenues for distribution and will update accordingly as The Quiet Ones becomes available by other means.
- In What Format(s) is The Quiet Ones available?
The Quiet Ones is available in PDF format, and designed to be read both on computer screens and tablets
- What is “Quiet Horror and Intimate Dystopia?”
An excellent question with many possible answers. There is a lot of debate among fans and critics alike about what falls within the boundaries of “Quiet Horror and Intimate Dystopia.” For our purposes:
- “Quiet Horror” applies to atmospheric, unsettling stories that rely more on mood and rhythm than on shock and gore. Examples of quiet horror include: classic ghost stories and shorts like The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, modern moody masterworks like The Walls Around Us by: Nova Ren Suma, and films such as The Exorcist III or Pontypool where so much of the horror is left to the viewer to imagine as opposed to horror films that bombard their audience with scenes of excessive gore and jump scares.
- “Intimate Dystopia” is all about scale. Where many dystopian fictions will take you to whole worlds under the thumb of totalitarian regimes, or post-apocalyptic wastelands, we’re looking to zoom that lens in – anything from haunted houses to run-down clubs or playgrounds – small, contained spaces to which the larger trappings of dystopian visions apply. Examples of intimate dystopia include: Speech Sounds by Octavia Butler, Wool by Hugh Howey, and films such as Quarantine (or [Rec]), or Tale of A Vampire.
- Do you accept horror comedy or romance?
Yes, absolutely. We love fusing genres together and are happy to consider stories that make us laugh, cry, or swoon – as long as they contain elements of horror and/or dystopia. A ghostly romance, or a slapstick Mad Max (for example) would fit right in here.
- Are there themes that would automatically disqualify my submission from consideration?
Stories/poems that include harmful representation, excessive gore, scenes of graphic animal abuse, and hate speech will not be considered for publication.
Equity and Inclusion:
- What do you mean when you say The Quiet Ones is “queer-centered?“
We primarily seek creative work from those who identify as LGBTQIAP+, and we’re especially fond of (though do not require) stories that center LGBTQIAP+ characters.
- “I do not identify as LGBT+. Can I submit my work to you?
The short answer is: If you’re an ally, we welcome you and your work. The longer answer is: we aim to promote and amplify the voices of LGBTQIAP+ authors and stories that center LGBTQIAP+ characters. If neither your personal identity nor your work’s protagonist (or themes) apply to that statement, it’s possible that our zine is not the best fit for you and your work. That said, we do not automatically disqualify anyone or any work based on identity, and we welcome your submission.
- I do identify as LGBT+, but my story does not center a queer or female character.
That’s fine. Send it to us!
- I identify as both cis and straight. Are you saying I can submit work to you as well?
Yes, and we encourage you to do so.
- But, wait, didn’t you just say that you “aim to promote and amplify the voices of LGBTQIAP+ authors?”
We did say that, and yes, that is our leading intention. Secondary to that, we pride ourselves on being inclusive and will never automatically rule out the work of anyone based on their identity. Ever. But, as we also mentioned above: If neither your personal identity nor your work’s protagonist (or themes) apply, it’s possible that our zine is not the best fit for you and your work.
- In what format do you accept advertisements?
We’d prefer your adverts to be sent in high-resolution JPEG, TIFF, or EPS format.
- What size (dimensions) should my ad be?
For full size ads: we expect a live area of 7.25″x9.875″, half-page ads max out at 7.25″x4.75″ and are only offered in horizontal layout.
- Can my ad be in color?
Yes! Though your design should consider that anyone looking at it with an e-reader, such as a Kindle device or a Nook, will not see the ad in color and, depending on the device, may lose some of the information in your ad.
- Can anyone advertise with you?
Not at the moment. Right now we are limiting ad sales to LGBTQIAP+ outreach programs, mental health organizations, non-profits, MFA programs, writing workshops, and similarly themed organizations and programs that orbit our primary mission statement.