We’re looking for bespoke fiction that alters perceptions about masculine dress.

Dress Him Up
A Tailored Collection of Bespoke Fiction

Edited by Brian Centrone 

New Lit Salon Press is pleased to announce an open call for the follow-up to Dress You Up: A Capsule Collection of Fashionable Fiction. 

An early 15th century English proverb stated, “clothes make the man.” An earlier classical Greek one claimed, “the man is his clothing.” If both are true, what kind of man is being made? Dress Him Up: A Tailored Collection of Bespoke Fiction seeks submissions of short stories between 1,000 and 3,000 words that explore the connection between menswear and the creation of the male identity. 

Show us stories that:

  • Explore clothes traditionally connected to the constructs of masculinity, like suits and uniforms, but dig deep into what society and those fashions say about what it means or does not mean to be a man. 
  • Challenge masculine norms across cultures.
  • Defy traditional and societal norms of “masculine” dress. For example:
    • Crossdressers, drag queens and kings
    • Trans, queer, and non-binary people
    • Gender norms and expectations in dress
    • Color, pattern, and fabric: Pink and lavender are perceived as gendered colors and considered feminine. Plaids and camouflage are often considered masculine patterns, while florals are often considered feminine.
  • Redefine what “clothes make the man” /  “the man is his clothing” means.

Stories should emphasize how the clothes help or hinder the protagonist in these stories. What challenges are faced or overcome? What expectations are met or failed? Stories should hone in on the defining fashion and/or accessories as the key object(ive)/element of the story. The story should not work without the fashion or accessory as its core feature. 

For a great example of the type of meaningful, significant, and thought-provoking stories we are looking for, check out Dress You Up: A Capsule Collection of Fashionable Fiction. Most importantly: challenge norms, defy expectations, be bold. 

Writers and stories that reflect a diverse spectrum of voices and experiences, particularly those of people of color, trans and queer-identifying people, and disabled and neurodiverse people are very welcome and encouraged. 

Cover letters are optional. Only include one if you have some extra information to share or have a pithy joke to tell. Making us laugh doesn’t mean we’ll accept your story, but we do appreciate some well-placed humor.

Stories should be 1,000 to 3,000 words. If you’re not familiar with manuscript formats, consult William Shunn’s excellent guide.

If you wish to submit work previously published elsewhere, please provide us with complete publication details, including medium, date, title, and availability (if known) of publication. We will consider reprints on a case by case basis.

We welcome simultaneous submissions. However, please let us know in your cover letter and notify us in a jiffy if your work is accepted elsewhere.

We will let you know if your work is accepted or declined. If you haven’t heard from us in 3 months after the close of the call, please feel free to send a query.

All work submitted remains the property of the author.

As a small indie press, we can currently offer payment in the form of $25, one complimentary copy of the e-book, and a contributor’s discount for the print edition. But we’ll also send lots of love your way with links to your website and promotion on our social media. Best of all, you’ll be part of the NLSP family! All submissions must be made through our submissions manager by 31 December 2022. There is a $3 submission fee. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.