Barking Sycamores is a literary journal entirely edited and operated by queer, neurodivergent people of color. We seek poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid genre works (8,500 words or less), and art by neurodivergent writers and artists for Issue 14, themed “Metamorphosis.” SUBMISSION PERIOD: June 1 – July 31, 2017.

“Metamorphosis” can simply mean “transformation,” but the word can connote much more than a simple dictionary definition. Science class lectures about the life cycles of organisms may come to mind, or one may think of legends depicting magically-gifted individuals able to shapeshift into animal forms. Legends of werewolves, vampires, or otherworldy creatures might come to one’s mind, or you might instantly think of Franz Kafka’s famous novel. For transgender individuals, “metamorphosis” might entail a lifelong process of transmuting into their authentic selves in emotional, mental, and possibly physical dimension. In terms of emotional maturity, the term can take on a multifaceted, multilayered meaning. We invite writers and artists to explore these and other themes for this issue, and to submit works that interpret “metamorphosis” as broadly or as narrowly as one desires.

We also seek essays on the impact of neurodivergence on the creation of literary works (8,500 words or less) and book reviews (1,000 words or less).

The philosophy of our journal is unique, so we ask that interested creatives consult our submission guidelines before sending any work to us. Our guidelines are available on our Submittable page and on our general guidelines page.