The Venus Magazine Short Fiction Contest

Dear All -

I’m delighted to announce that Jane and I, through the Venus Magazine, will be holding our first short fiction competition, which will be open to lesbians worldwide!

Submissions for stories, 4000 words or less, are open from: OCTOBER 1st – DECEMBER 21st, 2011.

The top five stories selected by our Judges will receive cash prizes ranging from $100 to $25, publication in the February 2012 issue of the Venus Magazine, plus an assortment of titles from our sponsors, Cleis Press and A&M Books.

Our Guest Judges are a mix of author, editor and publisher alike, and include:

• Morgan Hunt
• Fay Jacobs
• Liz Bradbury
• Baxter Clare Trautman
• Jane Hunter
• Kate Genet

For more details about the competition visit the Fiction Contest page, and for full details about the rules, check out the Rules page.

We hope you’ll join us one way or another in making this, the Venus Magazine’s first fiction competition, a huge success, and look forward to reading your submissions.

May the best writer win!

Alexandra Wolfe
Publisher


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Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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The Venus Magazine

It’s here! The Second Issue of the Venus Magazine.

Dear All -

The wait is over, here it is, the second issue of our fabulous magazine.

A ‘BIG’ thank you goes out to all our contributors and staff for making this one possible.

• Jean Roberta
• Jennifer Harris
• Kate Genet
• Mikaya Heart
• Marguerite Quantaine
• Patty Henderson
• Nene Adams

With a very special thank you to Jane Hunter, for her amazing artwork. Thank you one and all, once more, for your continued support, vision and amazing generosity!

Alexandra Wolfe
Publishing Editor

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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The Lambda Literary Awards

Finalists announced for 23rd Lambda Literary Awards, 2011

In 2009 the Lambda Literary Awards changed the rules and moved the goalposts, stating that only LGBT “writers” would be considered for the Lammys in coming years, thereby cutting out a number of straight authors who’s previous work had been considered. Authors like Maureen Johnson and Ellen Wittlinger.

Wittlinger, by the way, writes an interesting piece about this, here.

So, are the LLAs solely about the writers, or are the about the books themselves? And when is a lesbian fiction, lesbian fiction? When it’s written exclusively by a lesbian, or when it contains lesbian characters? Because I see in this year line up we have The More I Owe You written by Michael Sledge, which is curiously nominated under lesbian debut fiction. What are the LLAs saying, that it’s okay for him to write lesbian fiction because he’s gay, but not a straight woman?

We talk about wanting to be included, wanting to have the same rights, and yet? And yet, here we are, being exclusionary, doing unto others as they have done unto us, just not in the nicest possible way. I’m told people are asking, have the Lambda Literary Awards become irrelevant?

Well, have they?

Do you buy a book because it won a Lammy in the same way you would a movie if it won an Oscar? Or because it’s written by a favourite author? Are you influenced at all by these kinds of awards, or do you take more interest in the reviews a book has received?

I’m interested to know what you think.

Jane Hunter

I read. I read constantly. I read for my job, I read to feed my imagination, but mostly, I read to escape. When I'm not reading, working, or exercising the grey matter, I retreat to a quiet place and sketch.

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The Venus Magazine

Dear All -

I am pleased to say, the wait is over. Our inaugural issue of the VENUS MAGAZINE is now available here, on the eZine page, or as a download from ISSUU.com!

This first issue features poetry from ‘Tess Camillo’ author, Morgan Hunt, fresh new fiction from Rachel Green and Beverley Karalus, reviews of Red Rover from Caroline Filler and Gender Outlaws from Jean Roberta, who also shares her first column, Stranger Than Fiction, with us in the magazine.

I hope you will join us in showing your appreciation and stop by to comment and share your feedback with our contributors:

• Caroline Filler
• Rachel Green
• Jennifer Harris
• Mikaya Heart
• Morgan Hunt
• Beverley Karalus
• Jill Malone
• Jean Roberta
• Marguerite Quantaine

A big thank you also goes to Jane Hunter and Susan Taylor for their invaluable support throughout the editorial process.

Thank you one and all for your input, your vision, and your generosity!

Alexandra Wolfe
Publishing Editor

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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The Venus Salon

Dear All -

I’m pleased to present our inaugural issue of The Venus Salon featuring a host of wonderful poets and their work. You can flip through the issue here by simply clicking in the centre of the front cover, which will open it fullscreen. Or, if you prefer, by clicking on the information ‘i’ button at the bottom of the magazine, which will take you to Issuu.com where you can download a copy to your desktop to read later.

Either way, we hope you enjoy our first online outing and more, leave a comment here for our contributors to let them know what you thought.

Alexandra Wolfe

Alexandra is the founder, owner, and publishing editor of the Kissed By Venus web site and magazine.

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