三朋四友。。。Friendships of all kinds, tree branches reaching for one another.

Submissions to Sine Theta Magazine's 27th issue, themed “FRIEND 朋” are officially open! Thanks to our Patreon subscribers, Sine Theta Magazine is a paying publication—all contributors will be paid $10 USD per piece.

In “FRIEND 朋,” we want to weave a tapestry documenting the seasons of friendship: the initial spark and the ending fizzle and the tender moments that fall in-between. We want to celebrate community and connection. Swim in the rivers of your childhood memories. Ponder companionship and blood feuds, family gatherings and secret networks, all-consuming crushes and adolescent jealousies. Pull apart the relationships that shape all of us into who we are. Collaborative works are highly encouraged.

Submissions are due SUNDAY, 26 MARCH, at 11:59 PM PST to for full consideration of your work(s). Visit our submissions guidelines for more information. Feel free to DM or email us with any questions you may have; we welcome pitches sent ahead of the deadline!

Submitters may wish to consider the following prompts:

friendships across space and time - intimacies and solidarities - archival impulses and archival encounters - historical speculations and fabulations / the enemy of my enemy is my friend / the queerplatonic - queer relationality - beards - lavender marriages - ‘fag hags’ - t4t - chosen and found family - family abolition / family ties - family friends - cousins - kindred spirits - 青梅竹馬 - chlidhood friendships - reconnecting - getting back together / being friends with your exes - the ex of my ex is my partner / breakups - jealousy - envy - lovesickness / girlhood - schoolgirl romances - intense same-sex friendships - backward glances: contemporary chinese cultures and the female homoerotic imaginary (2010) by fran martin - petite maman (2021) dir. celine sciamma - 少女时代 / cacophony - contradiction - chaos - difficulty / collaborative practices - epistolary forms / collage - found poetry and centos - metanarratives - radical citation - acknowledgments pages - thank you notes - a lover’s discourse: fragments (1977) by roland barthes / dream of the red chamber (18th century) by cao xueqin / oral traditions - folk storytelling / doppelgangers - clones / lote (2020) by shola von reinhold / living with a brick for one week (1994) by li juchuan / buy one get one free (2010) by mc jin and hanjin / the handmaiden (2016) dir. park chan-wook / cheek kisses - la bise / matching tattoos / confessional poetry / marriage pacts / cults - rituals - secret societies - found footage - revelry - irreverence - bacchanals - blood pacts / comradeship - co-conspirators - the assassination of julius caesar / carpooling / a world alone (2013) by lorde / vacations - retreats - parties - sleepovers / address books - phone contacts - rolodexes / sports!! / secrets - blackmail