Submissions for the first issue of Skirting Around are NOW CLOSED. Thank you to all of you who sent in work. We will be in touch at the end of March, and Issue #1 will be launched early April.

Has the height of your heel or the length of your skirt lead to uninvited comments or

sexual harassment? Has your religious dress made you a target of abuse?

Have you been forced to wear something against your will? Have you been made to remove

an item of clothing? If so, then Skirting Around wants to hear from you.

On the flipside, maybe you’re dying to share a poem about a favourite jumper that your

grannie knitted you. Or tell us about the gift of a suit that lead to

a life changing job interview. Or pen a poem to the dress that made you feel like a

supermodel. Then Skirting Around wants to hear from you too.

From mini-skirts to maternity bras, bikinis to burkas, saris to swimsuits, high heels to hijabs,

chest binders to chintz shirts and everything in between –

we want to hear about it. Dig deep into your collections and shed some

new light on the clothes that have defined you.

Skirting Around is open to anyone who identifies as female and/or wears or has worn

women’s clothing, and is inclusive of all cis, trans and intersex women, non-binary and

gender fluid people, drag queens and cross dressers.

All forms of writing are welcome – poetry, prose, creative non-fiction, essay (lyrical, personal,

experimental), hybrid forms – as well as visual art and photography. Just remember, no

skirting around…

Submission guidelines

  • prose pieces (inc essay and hybrid forms) – between 50 to 2000 words

  • poetry – up to three poems, with a maximum total of 120 lines

  • visual art and photography – up to three pieces

  • please submit all written work in a Word document and all visuals in a PDF or JPEG to Carolyn at

  • please save your document as Lastname_Firstname_Skirting_Around_Issue#

  • please do not include your name anywhere on the body of your document

Deadline for Issue #1 – March 15th, 2021.

We aim to  respond to all submissions by the end of March.

(Please note, we are a very small team of two, and much as we would love to, we are unable to offer feedback on individual submissions).

Terms and Conditions

  • contributors will retain the copyright of their work

  • simultaneous submissions are accepted

  • all work must be previously unpublished both in print and online

  • Skirting Around reserves the right to edit submissions. Edits will be minor proofreading changes. If we feel that the submission needs more substantial edits then we will consult the contributor first

  • Skirting Around is unable to offer any payment for contributions at this time


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