Bent Street 4.1 – Open for Submissions Now

Bent Street 4.1 will be guest-edited by Jennifer Power and Henry von Doussa, on the theme ‘Love from a distance: intimacy and technology’. This issue is supported by La Trobe University Transforming Human Societies funding and forms part of a range of explorations into the issue, including a webinar to be held in July.

Submission deadline 21 June 2020.

This curated edition of Bent Street will explore how LGBTIQA+ communities shape relationships (to others, to self and to community) through emerging technologies.

Contributions might be fiction, autobiography, poetry, interview, performance text, art, sketch, or essay, and would focus on, but not be limited to, the following areas:

    • How technology has transformed social norms regarding sexuality and intimacy
    • Love and intimacy in the time of Covid 19 lockdown
    • Virtual and augmented reality (sex toys, dolls, robots and erotic chatbots) and new kinds of erotic pleasures and partners
    • Dating apps and networking opportunities
    • Biomedical technologies and changing sexual landscapes (for example PrEP in gay culture).

Editor Jennifer Power writes, ‘We want to encourage contributors to think about the theme of intimacy in relation to both technologies and social isolation. I think a broad interpretation of intimacy as something that connects people through art and ideas is absolutely appropriate. I also like the idea of thinking about the use of digital platforms to create practices of intimacy as being a lot more than just using the web for internet dating or sex via webcams – ie. the web as a space where people present or enact an expression of the self/a creative expression, which is something that creates a connection with others. If people have thoughts on concepts of intimacy and connection in their writing or in relation to artwork that would be awesome.’

Send all submissions and enquiries to:

For further details, please visit the Submissions page.

Bent Street 4.1 Call for Submissions – download the pdf. Share with a friend.