Call for Contributions

Spring is here, and we are calling for contributions to Bent Street 4.2 (November/December 2020).

The end-of-year edition is open themed. We are looking for creative expressions from 2020 in all genres.

Because we are launching at Feast on 25 November, we are moving into production a few weeks earlier.

Adelaide’s LGBTIQ+ Queer Arts and Cultural Festival.

Submissions open from 1 September, closing date, 15 October.

Bent Street publishes essays, short fiction, poetry, artwork, interviews, opinion pieces, tweets, blog posts, extracts from work-in-progress, that reflect the LGBTIQA+ community.

Bent Street is ‘a twisted tapestry of our time’, ‘the road less travelled’, and ‘a page for rainbow essayists, yarn spinners and queer theorists, a canvas for diverse doodlers and alternative artists, an ear for wrathful rants and interesting interviews, an eye for raw reflections and a mouth for personal opinions’.

Further information on the Submissions page.

Please send all submissions and enquiries to

Bent Street 4.1 – ebook

The ebook version of Bent Street 4.1 – Love from a Distance is now available. Find it on Google Play, Apple,, Kindle …

Below: Google Play – search on ‘Bent Street Tiffany Jones’ – use these search terms because apparently it likes our editor-in-chief Tiffany Jones. If you type ‘Bent Street LGBTIQA’ it has kittens.

Kobo, however, has a woke search engine – search on ‘bent street lgbtiqa’ and you’ll find all FOUR Bent Street ebooks.

If you want the hardcopy paperback, go searching on your usual online bookshop, or visit Hares & Hyenas, or The Bookshop Darlinghurst – all with online sales and delivery.

You can read the free web edition here.

To start you off …

My Queer Love Bot – by Jennifer Power

This Public Feeling – by Marcus O’Donnell
Intimacy and technologies: a pre-history

Out in the Outer Worlds  – by Nessie Smith
A new online game featuring perhaps the very first openly asexual characters.

D/s in the Everyday: Digital technologies and the dynamics of Dominance and submission – by Rainicorn

Copies in Sydney

Bent Street 4.1 – Love from a Distance has just landed at The Bookshop Darlinghurst.

Race on down and grab a copy. Or you can order online through The Bookshop.

Bent Street at The Bookshop, Darlinghurst – pic. Graeme Aitken
Bent Street: Australian LGBTIQA+ Art, Writing & Ideas, issues 1, 2, 3, and the first biannual number 4.1 – pic. Graeme Aitken

Sex bots, first porn, D/s, Spock and Kirk, phone sex or not, The Sims, lockdown – interviews, essays, first-person memoir, fiction and poetry.

Bent Street 4.1—Love from a Distance shines a light on the role of technologies in shaping human intimacy within the broader frame of COVID-19 and lockdown. Writers, academics, artists and poets reflect on the role that technologies, old and new, play in mediating human intimacy and shaping queer culture.

Webinar – From a distance: sex and technology during COVID-19

A webinar, presented by the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, LaTrobe, to explore the role of new technologies in shaping human sex and intimacy, issues that have been starkly highlighted during the restrictions on human contact imposed globally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Papers and content from speakers at this webinar will feature in the upcoming Bent Street 4.1.


Thursday 16 July 2020 02:00 pm

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Henry von Doussa

In this seminar, we will consider:

·        The ways in which technologies produce human intimacy in sometimes unexpected ways

·        New ways that people seek intimacy and navigate cultures of sex and intimacy using digital technologies

·        How technologies mediate human connection in ways that reform and expand possibilities for sex and intimacy

Sexuality, sex, and sexual health research is a major strength of La Trobe University. This seminar brings together speakers from the leading international sexuality research centres:

Professor Suzanne Fraser

Director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University and Visiting Professorial Fellow at the Centre for Social Research in Health at the University of New South Wales, Australia

Dr Amanda Gesselman

Associate Director for Research, Head of Research Analytics and Methodology Core, Anita Aldrich Endowed Research Scientist, The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, USA

Dr Jamie Hakim

Lecturer in Media Studies, University of East Anglia, UK

Supported by:

Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights theme, Transforming Human Societies Research Focus Area, Sexuality & Gender: Health, Equality and Justice research cluster, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University


This event will be livestreamed over Zoom. The seminar is open to all attendees, but to reduce the chance of disruptions, we ask that you register your email address.

This event will not be live-captioned, but we may be able to supply a transcript afterwards if you would like one. If you have any specific accessibility requirements, please let us know and we will make every effort to accommodate you.