Submission Guidelines

1. BEFORE SUBMITTING

We ask that you read over our Editorial Guidelines, which will give you a sense of our selection criteria, our editing and revision policy,  and our copyright policy.

We do not place any restrictions on publishing your work elsewhere, so you are more than welcome to submit your work to other publishing venues after submitting it to us.
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2. TO SUBMIT A WORK TO THE THINK TANK
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Please send us: 

1. A brief 50-word (max) profile about the author(s).
2. A link to a personal blog or website (if you have one and wish for it to be published alongside your profile).
3. A 50-word (max) summary that will give visitors a clear sense of what the work is about.
4. And, if you feel it is not fully captured in the 50-word summary: a longer 150-word (max) explanation of your work.

Please send your package to:

info@queerontario.org
(subject line: “Think Tank Submission”)

or

Queer Ontario Think Tank
PO Box 822, Station A
Toronto, Ontario M5W 1G3

If you are submitting an item by mail, please indicate if you have access to email and provide us with your email address if you do.
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Note that we will not be returning submitted items, so please send a photograph or a replica of your work if you wish to keep the original intact.
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3. ACCEPTED FILE FORMATS

Essays or Articles
Essays or articles should be submitted as a DOC (Word) file.
If possible, and unless the work requires otherwise, please use
a standard (Chicago or MLA) style when citing references.

Other Text-Based Works
Other text-based works can be submitted in Word (DOC), TXT, RTF, or PDF file.

For Image-Based Works
Image-based works can be submitted as a JPEG, PNG, or GIF file.
If possible, and unless the work requires otherwise, please:
— Make the longest side of the image exactly 1050 pixels long; and
— Set the resolution at 75 dpi.

For Video-Based Works (with or without sound)
Video-based works can be submitted as a  MOV, AVI, WMV, MPEG, or MP4 file.
If possible, and unless the work requires otherwise, please:
— Make the sampling rate a minimum of 44.1 kHz; and
— Make the bit rate a minimum of 320 kbps.

For Audio Works:
Audio works can be submitted as an MP3, WAV, or WMA file.
If possible, and unless the work requires otherwise, please:
— Make the sampling rate a minimum of 44.1 kHz; and
— Make the bit rate a minimum of 320 kbps.

For Any Other Formats:
Please save your work in a format that can be read by both Mac and PC computers.

If your file is larger than 3MB, then please
— Email us a link where we can download it for review; or
— Mail us a CD from which we can download the file for review.

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4. REMINDERS
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— A Note on Naming
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We urge all authors and artists to use their adopted name(s) when submitting a work to us. However, given the very real risks associated with outing oneself publicly — especially when it involves a sensitive issue or a less accepting community — we will be open to receiving works that make use of pseudonyms, or that are sent to us anonymously. We strive to be a safe space for the sharing and discussion of ideas, thoughts, and experiences.
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— A Note on Accessibility

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We ask all authors to be mindful of the fact that the Think Tank will be accessed by a number of people, each with their particular backgrounds, histories, body of experiences, body of knowledge, perception abilities, processing abilities, and conceptual or understanding abilities.
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We encourage authors to create or adapt their work so that it can be experienced and understood by as wide an audience as possible. This may include taking the time to write (or re-write) papers in more ‘popular’ language; to thoroughly and carefully explain complex theories and ideas; or to accompany your piece with a brief synopsis.
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We also encourage authors to produce versions of their work that will satisfy the many ways individuals sense and experience the world – such as a French (or other) language translation, a sign language translation, an audio recording of your text, or subtitles.
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Any such efforts will be tremendously appreciated.
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— A Note on Sampling Other People’s Works
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We believe that artists and authors should be properly acknowledged and credited for their work at all times. Therefore, we ask that you give proper attribution to the artists or authors whose works you reproduce in your submission; and that you contact the appropriate artists, authors, or representatives for their permission to reproduce the works in question. Permission to reproduce another person’s work should be granted by the time you submit your piece.
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Indeed, as much as we would hate to do so, we will take down works if an artist, author or representative contacts us to complain about a particular use or abuse of their work.
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— Our Contact Policy
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While we are grateful to everyone who has submitted a work for the Think Tank, we will only contact those whose works have been selected for publication.
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If you do not hear from us for six months (the time between our April and October review periods) then it is safe to assume that your work was not accepted for that publication cycle. You are free to submit your work at a later time for consideration by a new Think Tank Editorial Committee.
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For More Information…
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To read the Think Tank’s Editorial Guideline
visit thinktank.queerontario.org/editorial
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To access the official Queer Ontario website
visit www.queerontario.org
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To return to the Think Tank homepage,
visit thinktank.queerontario.org
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For all other questions or comments,
email us at info@queerontario.org
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* Note: LGBTQ is used here to refer to individuals who are marginalized because of their sex, gender, sexuality, relationships, and/or way of life. This includes, but is not limited to: individuals who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, agender, two-spirited, cross-dressing, intersexed, neutrois, asexual, pansexual, polyamorous, and/or kinky.
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We know that forms of oppression based on sex, gender, sexuality, relationships, and/or way of life cannot be seen in isolation from other forms of oppression, so we encourage their joint articulation as well.