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.

Bent Street 4.1 – Coming Soon

Bent Street 4.1 – Love from a Distance: intimacy and technology in time of COVID-19 will be released in the next few weeks. Here is the cover with a fantastic image by Jake Cruz, who also writes in the edition about maintaining creativity during lockdown.

The webinar, Love from a Distance, that informs this special edition of Bent Street is happening 16 July 2020. Click on the link here for more information.