Call For Papers – Challenging Genders


Challenging Genders: Non-Binary Experiences of Those Assigned Female at Birth
An Annotated Anthology

CG_KindleCover_ThumbAuthors Michael Eric Brown and Daywalker Burill are calling upon those born assigned/designated female at birth with Non-Binary identities to provide their stories for this ground-breaking new book on an under-researched, frequently overlooked, and often invalidated topic in contemporary literary works on gender. Please see the book details on the product page.


Who can respond?

We know there are many identities in the non-binary spectrum. For purposes of this book, “non-binary” includes agender, androgynous and genderqueer. Other self-identifications will be selected on a case-per-case basis, and we will accept as many identities as possible that can be feasibly covered while keeping the book affordable. The book will touch on many of the myriad of identities in existence. Sexual identification is non-relevant for purposes of this book, except as defined within personal experiences.

What we’re looking for:

We are collecting personal essays from non-binary individuals describing their lives, which can include successes as well as challenges, strategies developed to live comfortably or cope with life in its various facets, and moving forward through the process.

We are also interested in the processes of claiming one’s personal identity prior to, during and after coming out as non-binary in relation to social groups. Have you remained a part of or have been excluded from your original primary groups? In other words, for example, if you previously identified as lesbian, how did your personal identity and social settings change, if at all, after you came out as non-binary? If you identified as a straight person, and tried to adapt to the “female” role expected of you, what event or revelation (if any) did you encounter that made you question your identity? In other words, however you arrived where you are now, what type of emotions did your discovery or acceptance of your non-binary identity evoke in you? Try to explain your sense of self in a way that can help educate those wanting to learn.

Your essay may include any of the themes listed here, but you are not limited to the following topics. These are just ideas:

  • Body image, self-esteem, and coping mechanisms
  • Fighting gender identity – the struggles on the path to defining your identity
  • Pronouns – the importance, the acceptance, the reactions
  • Family/partner/peers expectations/reactions
  • Inclusion/Exclusion in trans spaces (online and in real life)
  • Personal identity exploring/shaping/claiming
  • Discrimination
  • Experiences in school and employment


  1. Please keep essays under 2000 words.
  2. Authors will retain copyright to their individual works.
  3. Works previously published will not be accepted
  4. There are no fees or donations expected for any submission.
  5. Authors understand there will be no monetary compensation for their work. All Authors will receive a PDF, Kindle or epub (Author choice) version of the final book once published.
  6. Selected Authors will sign a Statement of Permission to Publish.

INSTRUCTIONS for submitting essays:

  1. Include at the very beginning of your document:
    • Your name (to be published).
    • Your age
    • Your non-binary gender identity
  2. Please submit a 3rd person bio along with your essay in your email.
  3. Submissions should be in .doc, .docx, .odt or .rtf format, Times New Roman, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, single-spaced, and no underline or bold.
  4. Make sure you include a title and year written for your work.
  5. Title your document in this format  Yourname_EssayTitle.ext
  6. Send it as an attachment in email to with Subject: CG Book Submission
  7. Please remember the deadline of December 1, 2017.

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