We are an intersectional feminist magazine publishing emerging diverse voices.
Each issue will publish writings inspired by a theme relevant in the intersectional feminist community. The first issue is now open for submissions around the theme of belonging. We aim to give a platform to women of color whose multitude of voices and experiences have so often been silenced, warped, or disregarded by the dominant literary landscape.
Desert Rose is founded on the principle of inclusivity. If you identify as a woman of color, as a disabled woman of color, and/or as an LGBTQ+ femme/ nonbinary person of color, we encourage you to submit your work. We are a platform for every member of the BIPOC femme community. Our words are power. Though each of us has experienced different forms of violence and oppression under the white supremacist patriarchal system, we hope to promote an understanding of these different experiences and an inter-cultural support system.
In addition to each issue of Desert Rose being centered around a specific theme, we will also feature a literary prize. All writing will be judged by notable leaders from within the literary and intersectional feminist community. The judges for the first issue are Joy Francis (Words of Colour Productions), Farhana Shaikh (The Asian Writer), Erika T. Worth (Western Illinois University), and Dr. Nora de Hoyos Comstock (Las Comadres Para Las Americas). Desert Rose will be available for free online and in a limited edition print run.
Donations will go toward printing costs, the literary prize and paying our judges.
Risks and challenges
The main risk of this project is collecting the funds that will allow us to produce Desert Rose.
Should there be any delays in production, judging, shipping etc. we will inform supporters immediately.
The four judges have already agreed to our timeline. Our submissions will close in June and the judges will have until July to read through submissions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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