Call for Submissions: Singlehood and Sexuality with ‘In Plainspeak’

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In Plainspeak

About: TARSHI’s magazine is a digital adaptation of In Plainspeak, which was TARSHI’s quarterly publication created as part of the South and Southeast Asia Resource Centre on Sexuality from 2005 to 2009. In Plainspeak has completed close to five years in its digital avatar.

The purpose of the Magazine is to generate dialogue among people in the digital world as well as to create content on issues of sexual and reproductive health and rights in the Global South. The Magazine aims to be as informative and creative as before along with new features like video interviews, podcasts and thematic short films.


General Submission Guidelines

  • Only original and unpublished media will be accepted. In the event that the work was accepted for publication elsewhere, please inform us.
  • Please address the mail subject as ‘Category, Issue – full name’, for example, ‘I Column, Power and Sexuality – (your full name)’ and email to – [email protected].
  • Format: A Word document (doc or .docx) with English (UK) spellings. The font should be Times New Roman, 12 Point and single-spaced.
  • By sending your articles to be included, authors also give permission to translate into Hindi, permission to use in print version or pen drives/offline spaces. (please note that the Hindi translation of your writing may not be literal.)
  • Please inform us if and when one wants to update one’s bio.
  • We may share submissions on TARSHI’s social media platforms. Please let us know if you are comfortable with us doing so, and if so, share your social media handles for us to be able to tag you.  
  • Please send us the author’s biography of no more than 100 words along with author’s picture and any social media handles you’d like to share with your article.
  • While we do not pay for submissions, we trust that this will be a useful platform to share your experiences and contribute to our e-magazine.
  • Deadlines: 15th of the previous month for the first issue and 5th of the same month, if submitting for the mid-month issue.

Any material that disrespects human dignity or offends people on the basis of caste, class, gender, race, religious affiliation, sexual and gender identities or disabilities will be rejected. TARSHI also reserves the right to choose and accordingly edit any submission that does not meet its standards. We also reserve the right to add editor’s note to any post to contextualize it for our audience.


TARSHI has the following perspectives on:

a. Disability – “What can persons with disability do and not do? Can they have sex? Should they have sex? However well-intentioned they may be, these questions are themselves flawed because they are rooted in an assumption of lack (of ability, competence, appropriateness, and so on), of something missing, of something being ‘wrong’. Yes, something is definitely wrong, but it’s not within people with disability but rather with the way we perceive them and the ways in which we construct our world to exclude them.”

To read more:

And this is a publication by TARSHI  which is exclusively about Disability and Sexuality:

b. Sex Work – “Sex work needs to be seen not in binaries (good/bad, immoral/moral), but understood as a way of life that encompasses diverse elements of violence, victimhood, autonomy, and agency. Until sex work is understood as a million shades of grey – and until women in sex work are seen as part of the workforce whose livelihood is dependent on providing sexual services, there is little hope of meaningfully addressing the issues raised by women in sex work.”

To read more:

c. SISA: TARSHI is currently (2019 – 2025) also working towards creating Safe, Inclusive, Sexuality-Affirming, or SISA spaces. A SISA space offers an environment that is non-judgmental, rights-based and sexuality-affirming, where people can feel safe and free from fear to talk about, learn about and/or experience their sexuality and sexual wellbeing. It is an ideal we wish to work towards, where sexuality is no longer surrounded by shame or taboo.


For more details of each category and their Content Syndication Policy, click here!


Pay: N/A

Deadlines: Submit to [email protected] by January 15, 2021.