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Are you Transgender? Are you Autistic?

If you are both Autistic and Transgender, please consider writing for the new anthology, coming in 2019 from Jessica Kingsley Press:

Transtistic: Transgender Autistic People in Their Own Words

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About the Anthology:

Transtistic: Transgender Autistic People in Their Own Words will be an anthology of essays by Autistic Transgender people about our experiences.

is a much-needed book. A 2016 metastudy found that 10 times as many patients at gender clinics are diagnosed or diagnosable as Autistic when compared to the autism rate in the general population. Additionally, a 2014 study found 7 times as much gender variance among Autistic people when compared to the general population. In other words, the intersection between autism and gender divergence is huge! Few articles have explored this intersection yet. This anthology will be the first collection of a variety of Transgender, Autistic voices.

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Who Will Write This Anthology?

Transtistic: Transgender Autistic People in Their Own Words is entirely written by Autistic Transgender people.

Autistic: You can be professionally diagnosed, recognized informally by a teacher, parent, or social worker, or self-identified. Access to diagnosis can be difficult, expensive, even inaccessible for many Autistic people. Parts of England are reporting wait times as long as four years between inquiry and diagnosis. While it is possible to inaccurately self-identify, most Autistics know who they are once they've learned what autism is. Those who self-identify still experience social prejudice, difficulty in securing needed accommodations, discrimination at work and school and so forth. The editor does not believe the quality and integrity of the anthology will suffer by opening the call to all Autistics -- in fact, it is more likely to make the anthology a richer reading experience.

Transgender: All people who identify as transgender are valid. This anthology welcomes: binary, non-binary, medically transitioning, not medically transitioning, those assigned male at birth, those assigned female at birth, intersex people who identify as transgender.

It is useful to the reader, though not strictly required, to briefly mention some biographical details such as age, gender identity/pronouns, how long you've known you're autistic, a brief mention of some details of your transgender journey. This information helps readers sort out where writers are coming from in relation to the reader's own experiences, experiences of those they love, or studies of transgender and autistic issues that are touched upon in the anthology.

Your story is wanted and your voice is needed. If your experiences are "universal" among Autistic and Transgender people, be the one to write about them! Someone has to tell the world what happens to all of us and your voice is perfect to tell that story. If your experiences are different from every other Autistic and Transgender person you know, write about them! If we only tell one sort of narrative the world will have an unbalanced and fuzzy picture of who we are. "Misfit" or "fitting in," all voices and stories are welcome to submit to this anthology because our community needs to hear from you.

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Who Will Read This Anthology?

Transtistic: Transgender Autistic People in Their Own Words is an anthology with more than one audience:

How can you write to such a big audience? Click here for tips on considering your audience when you write.

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What to Write for This Anthology:

Transtistic: Transgender Autistic People in Their Own Words is an anthology about the ways that being Autistic affect being Transgender and the ways that being Transgender affect being Autistic. Anything in your life that involves both these identities together is a great topic to write about.

As Autistic people, we often need specific questions or writing prompts to get us past the empty page and writing inertia. I have collected a set of questions and prompts to help you. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO WRITE ON ONE OF THESE TOPICS! These are suggestions and the list of possible topics is not complete -- it would be impossible for me to come up with every possible topic!

Click here to read through some suggested writing prompts to get your ideas moving and your writing flowing.

Types of writing being considered: your safest bet is to write an autobiographical essay, but other genres of writing will be considered if they further understanding of the combination of being both Autistic and Transgender. Short fiction (especially fiction based on true events)  and essays about events and people in the community will be read and considered. Unfortunately, poetry is not being considered for this anthology (but feel free to embed poems in your essay if that is how you want to tell your story!)

Submit your best, most polished writing, of course, but the number one thing to include in your writing is insight about aspects of your "Transtistic" life that people hunger to understand better.

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Submission Deadline and Details:

Transtistic: Transgender Autistic People in Their Own Words is scheduled for publication in 2019.

Submissions deadline: January 15th, 2019

Final decisions as to which pieces will appear in the anthology will be made by or before March 15th, 2019 and all authors will be notified of the status of their piece.

Authors whose work is chosen to appear in the anthology will recieve a complementary copy of the finished anthology and an honorarium of $50 USD. Writers may come from/live in any country and the honorarium currency will be converted as needed.

Maximum word length: 5000 words

Submit pieces in .doc or .docx format as email attachments to

In your email include:

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About the Editor:

Maxfield Sparrow (formerly Sparrow Rose Jones) is a Transgender Autistic Author (No You Don't: Essays from an Unstrange Mind (2013), The ABCs of Autism Acceptance (2016)). Their work has appeared in The Thinking Person's Guide to Autism, Rooted in Rights, and many anthologies, including The Real Experts:Readings for Parents of Autistic Children (2015) and Challenging Genders: Non-Binary Experiences of Those Assigned Female at Birth (2018).

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