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Call for Submissions! Stacked Deck Press’s Queer Sports Anthology Needs Comics Creators!


The Queer Sports Project (working title) is a full-color comics anthology featuring stories about LGBTQ+ athletes and their love of the sports they participate in. The editors on this project are Megan Praz and Meghan Kemp-Gee (creators of One More Year). The Queer Sports Project will be published by award-winning comics publisher Stacked Deck Press.

Please include the following in your submissions

  • The names and email addresses of all creators involved in the story
  • A working title for the proposed story
  • A summary of the proposed story, which includes the beginning, the middle, and the end. Please be succinct. More is not necessarily better.
  • A predicted page count. Estimates are fine. There will be time to settle on a final page count as we go through the publishing process.
  • Sample artwork or a link to a portfolio. Completed comics pages are strongly preferred.
  • Stories should be 10 pages or less in length.


If your submission is accepted, the final art must be designed to fit standard American graphic novel dimensions: 6.625” x 10.25”. This is a full color publication, and color artwork is strongly preferred. However, grayscale and black and white artwork will be considered, if it meets with editorial approval. Each story will be the product of LGBTQ+ comics creators. We’re looking for creativity, honesty, and authenticity in these stories. We strongly prefer stories to be between 4 and 10 pages in length, though shorter stories will be considered if they meet with editorial approval.

We are accepting proposals from solo creators (those who create the entire comic by themselves) or creative teams (a group of artists and writers who collaborate on a finished story). You are responsible for forming and managing your own team. Stacked Deck Press will not match writers with artists. Editorial assistance with some aspects of your storycraft may be provided by editors, pending editorial approval.


Excessively graphic content:

This anthology is intended for the adult reader, but we also want it to be appropriate for younger readers who may be discovering the world of queer sports for the first time. As such, we ask that creators refrain from explicit depictions of full nudity, sexual situations, and extremely graphic violence. We wish and expect to include romantic aspects in these stories, but we insist that we keep their depiction appropriate for readers of all ages. Please take this into consideration when making your proposal.

Fanfic or fan art:

Please don’t submit stories using intellectual property you don’t own. This is your opportunity to develop something new and unique. Stacked Deck Press will not publish work including characters and situations that are owned by other publishers or creators.


Creators will retain full publication rights to their work, as well as the characters and situations therein. Creators or creative teams will receive $50.00 per page and two complimentary copies of the Queer Sports Project. Creators are welcome to buy further copies at 50% of cover price to sell on their websites or at conventions, conferences, or other venues.

Stacked Deck Press makes regular convention appearances throughout the continental United States, often with our friends at Prism Comics. We can be found at venues ranging from small queer-focused events to major shows such as San Diego Comic-Con. If you wish, you can join us as a featured creator at these conventions, and if you like the spotlight, we might even be able to feature you on a panel discussion or other programming event. Your own work can be consigned with Prism Comics at its sales booth at these shows as well, providing creators with some exposure and some revenue from sales of their own books and merchandise.

Stacked Deck Press will notify those whose proposals have been accepted for The Queer Sports Project by August 2024.


If you would like to submit your pitch for a story for The Queer Sports Project, please send it to [email protected]. We are accepting pitch submissions until July 1st, 2024. The Queer Sports Project editors will inform you whether your pitch has been accepted for the book in August 2024.

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Crush: First Love Anthology: Call for Submissions!

Prism Comics is launching an anthology featuring all-new LGBTQAIU comics talent to be published by Stacked Deck Press. The theme is first (queer) love and the working title is Crush: First Love, New Talent. The project editors will be Prism Comics board members Viktor Kerney (Strangelore) and Tara Madison Avery (We’re Still Here). Stacked Deck Press will launch a Kickstarter campaign in early 2019 to fund this project. In addition to a short list of comics creators handpicked by the editors, Prism and SDP are looking for new LGBTQAIU comics talent. THIS IS AN OPEN CALL FOR STORY SUBMISSIONS. If you would like to submit your work, here are some guidelines and requirements:

  • Crush: First Love, New Talent is a showcase for comics creators who have not yet been published in a widely circulated print publication. If you have a CV with a long list of recent published works, this project is most likely not for you.
  • Crush: First Love, New Talent is committed to the inclusion of comics creators of color and emerging LGBTQAIU identities as a priority.
  • Crush: First Love, New Talent will pay a base $25.00 per page rate to all contributing creative teams. This rate is subject to possible increase should the Kickstarter campaign exceed its initial goal. Story contributors will also receive two comp copies of the finished book.
  • This anthology will be a paperback book. We have not yet decided whether the interiors will be color or black and white. Exact page and file specifications to be announced concurrently with the final roster of creators. Print size will be 7” x 10”.
  • We are looking for stories of 10 pages or less. Exceptions to this length requirement will only be made upon approval from the editors. If you are interested in contributing, please send some sample finished artwork and a story proposal of one or two paragraphs long to [email protected].
  • The open call for submissions ends November 22nd, 2018. The final roster of contributing creators will be announced in early January 2019.

We will launch Crush: First Love, New Talent at a party in the city of West Hollywood, CA pending publication. (Venue to be announced.) We look forward to seeing the work and perspectives of a new generation of LGBTQAIU comics creators! Thank you in advance for your interest!

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SDP Happenings for February 2018!

In February, Stacked Deck Press continues a busy 2018 with shows in California and the Midwest!

Come See Tara at AnaCon 2018!

This Saturday, February 10th at the Anaheim Public Library SDP will be at AnaCon! Come visit and see Tara for your favorite SDP titles as well as one-of-kind artist trading cards and original sketches made to order! This event is FREE! So those of you in the greater Los Angeles/Orange County area have no excuse not to come!

SDP Joins Prism Comics at Planet Comicon Kansas City 2018!

Four the fourth consecutive year, Prism Comics will be exhibiting at Planet Comicon Kansas City! Stacked Deck Press will be joining Prism again this year at their table in Artist Alley this February 16th through 18th at Bartle Hall! Come get your fave Prism and SDP titles ATC’s and sketches-to-order from Tara! Saturday Feburary 17th at 2:00 PM, don’t miss the panel discussion, Out in Comics, featuring Tara, Marshall Edwards, Christianne Benedict, Max Dlabick, and Kirsten Steitz!

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Call for Submissions: Magic Beings: A Coloring Book of Transgender and Genderfluid Myth and Folklore

Call for Submissions: Artists needed for Magic Beings: A Coloring Book of Transgender and Genderfluid Myth and Folklore

Stacked Deck Press is looking for cartoonists and illustrators of selected cultural backgrounds to contribute to a coloring book devoted to transgender history and spirituality. The project in question has the working title of Magic Beings, and it will be devoted to gender-non-conforming gods and mortals from around the world and across time. This book is expected to be approximately 45 pages in length with front and back cover illustrations. Contributors will be paid $20.00 for every image used in the book and will receive 2 complimentary copies. The contributor(s) of the cover illustration(s) will receive $50.00 for each illustration used in the final cover layout. Further copies can be obtained at wholesale price for the artists’ personal sales. (There is no limit on how many copies a contributor may purchase at wholesale.)

We are specifically looking for artists who belong to the following cultural and spiritual traditions to create pieces based on the subjects listed below.


  • Arjuna
  • Sudyamna
  • Mohini
  • Krishna and Aravan
  • Ardhanarishvara


  • Agdistis
  • Tiresias
  • Aphroditus
  • Caenus
  • Hermaphroditus
  • Dionysus


  • Hapi
  • Amun


  • Ninshubur
  • Galatur (Asushunamir)


  • Kwan Yin

Native American

  • Aakulujjuusi and Uumaranituq (Inuit)
  • Ahsonnutli or Ashon Nutli’ (Navajo)
  • Alyha (Mohave)
  • Awanawilona (Zuni


  • Angamunggi


  • Ayizan

Contributors will work under book editor Gillian Cameron (cartoonist of Calogrenant) and will have the opportunity for editorial input related to the spiritual traditions and figures of their expertise.

To be considered for inclusion, please send a short bio, a brief proposal for your illustration or piece, and three to five samples of illustration work to [email protected]. We will be accepting proposals until February 15th, 2018. Illustrations will be due March 15th, 2018. This book is scheduled for a Summer 2018 release.


Please direct any questions to the above email address or to [email protected].


Thank you,


Tara Madison Avery

Publisher, Stacked Deck Press

[email protected]

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SDP Happenings for January 2018!

Stacked Deck Press has a big year planned for 2018, and we’re kicking off with a January full of events and new releases!

Come see Tara at Cos-losseum-San Diego 2018!

Come to Cos-Losseum San Diego this January 6th and get your favorite SDP titles! Tara will be signing books and selling sketches.  Proceeds from the show benefit the Lupus Foundation of Southern California, so come out for a good time and a good cause!

SDP makes its first appearance at the Hemet Library Comic-On!

Come to the Hemet Public Library this January 13th! Tara will be selling sketches and all the SDP titles  at this very special community comics show! We’ll also be offering the first issue of a brand new title, Lipu Sitelen! The show is free to library card holders. For those without a library card it’s $3.00 at the door. Support comics literacy in your community!

SDP’s Tara Avery and Sonya Saturday will be at Pasadena Comic-Con!

This January 28th, come see Tara and Sonya as they promote new titles! Tara will be offering SDP’s latest The Complete Gooch, compiling the full run of the popular bisexual-themed webcomic, including bonus material and an all new cover! Sonya will have a variety of brand new prints and publications showcasing her naughty, yet nice sense of humor!

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SDP’s ALPHABET Nominated for a 2017 Lambda Literary Award!

Stacked Deck Press’s ALPHABET: The LGBTQAIU Creators from Prism Comics has been selected as a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in the category of LGBTQ Anthology. Winners will be announced at the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony in New York on June 12th, 2017. For further details about this year’s finalists in all categories, see the news item at this link:

29th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced

We at SDP would like to thank editor Jon Macy and all of our wonderful contributing comics creators for making this publication a success! Extra special thanks for all of the Kickstarter backers who took this project from dream to reality! If you have not yet purchased your copy of ALPHABET of you can purchase it here on our website or at Prism Comics’ site. Remember, partial proceeds from every sale go to benefit the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant!