Proposed themes for 2022/2023’s upcoming issues

To all writers, poets, artists, musicians, essayists and critical thinkers who plan to contribute or send pitches to Montréal Serai in the coming year:

Vol. 35 No. 4 – Early January, 2023

Theme: Personhood
Submission due date: November 15, 2022

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The concept of personhood covers a lot of ground, and struggles over recognition of personhood are as heated today as they have been historically, as vast swaths of the population and the planet were subjected to the dictates of colonialist expansion and exploitation.

Indigenous worldviews of the land and waters, the sky, sun, moon and stars, the trees, plants and rocks, the birds, fish, insects and animals (humans included) – and all that lies beneath the earth and the waters – as part of “Our Relations” and “personhood” are going toe-to-toe with corporate “moral persons” in a protracted fight to protect the environment and prevent ecocide. In 2021, the Magpie River in Québec’s Côte Nord became the first in Canada to be granted legal personhood status, as a collaborative initiative of the Innu Council of Ekuanitshit and the regional county municipality of Minganie.

At the other end of the political spectrum, anti-abortion groups in Canada and the US are mobilizing to win legal personhood for fetuses. From reproductive rights to guardianship of the land and waters, personhood is a highly-charged topic.

Montréal Serai is calling on writers, artists, poets and activists to share your vision, insights and stories for our “Personhood” issue.

Vol. 36 No. 1 – early April 2023

Theme: Latin American art and poetry – retelling the story of a continent that never needed to
be discovered

Submission due date: February 15, 2023

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Euro-narcissism is such – and is so powerful – that for centuries, books and histories
insisted on addressing the lands on our side of the Atlantic as “new” or “discovered.”
Meanwhile, the voices and vantage points of those “conquered” or harassed by the 16 th –
century Iberian intruders, their descendants and, since the 19 th century, the independent
States with their homogenizing (genocidal) nationalisms, have found countless ways to
assert themselves.
Every time the issue of Latin American/Latinx/Latino identity comes up, debates about the
celebration of syncretism and mestizaje arise. But how can the ongoing colonial violence
and extraction that have led to the diverse, wounded and powerful forces we are today be
To the artists, filmmakers, poets, writers, fighters, thinkers who express themselves as
human (and historical and political) beings born in the (not only) Spanish and Portuguese-
speaking Americas, or affiliated in whatever manner with any of its cultural universes, we
invite you to share your work.

Please send your original, unpublished work by February 15, 2023 to: See our Submissions page for details.

Vol. 36 No. 2 – early July 2023

Theme: Gender identity, binarism, and quantum entanglement

Submission due date: May 24, 2023

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Gender identity, binarism, and quantum entanglement

Montréal Serai is calling on writers, artists, scientists, poets, activists and other imaginative individuals, however they identify on or off the gender continuum, to share their vision, insights, essays and stories for our “Gender identity, binarism, and quantum entanglement” issue.

In exploring this theme, our intent is not to suggest a link between quantum physics and gender identity. However, we are curious about what we might learn from the evolution of knowledge around quantum mechanics, the study of subatomic particles and their behaviour, and how, at a conceptual level, that that might also enhance our evolving understanding of gender identity.


Historically, binary categories have remained pervasive in our understanding of the universe. On the one hand, quantum physics shows us that particles can exist in multiple states simultaneously, seemingly in contradiction to the so-called classical “laws” of physics. On the other hand, as our understanding of gender identity evolves, we see that the binary male/female is also a false construct in that gender can be seen as a continuum and that individuals do not necessarily identify either as male or female and may even place their gender identity outside such a continuum.


In both contexts, the advances in our understanding based on research and experimentation challenge our existing notions of objective reality. In quantum physics, one of the concepts to emerge would suggest that the mere act of observation can change the behaviour of particles, lending a subjective element to their study that is dependent on the observer. Similarly, the evolution of our understanding of gender identity challenges the male/female binary by recognizing that the intersections of a myriad of social and cultural constructs (beyond biological sex) influence the development and the expression of gender identity.


Scientists, writers, and artists, each in their own way, are helping us enhance our understanding of both quantum physics and gender identity, some finding fascinating comparisons and parallels along the way, while simultaneously dismantling the underlying binary structures:


“It gives me great hope that even the subatomic particles that make up every inch of me and my universe are as fluid as my intersectional experiences of reality.”

Amrou Al Kadhi (Glamrou), writer, performer, filmmaker and author of Life as a Unicorn: A Journey from Shame to Pride and Everything In Between, in Newsweek, 2020


“The emerging picture that denotes ‘girlness’ or ‘boyness’ reveals the involvement of complex gene networks—and the entire process appears to extend far beyond a specific moment six weeks after gestation when the gonads begin to form.


[…] arguments about innate biological differences between the sexes have persisted long past the time they should have been put to rest.”

The Editors, Scientific American, 2017


“Alain Aspect, John Clauser and Anton Zeilinger have each conducted groundbreaking experiments using entangled quantum states, where two particles behave like a single unit even when they are separated. Their results have cleared the way for new technology based upon quantum information.”

Nobel Prize Press Release, 2022

“Entangling binds certain states of particles, like spin or polarization, but traps knowledge of those states in a murky and bizarre situation called “superposition.” When entangled, a particle’s state is considered to be, for example, up, down, or both.”

Dave Mosher, Business Insider, 2017

Montréal Serai invites writers, artists, scientists, poets, activists and other imaginative individuals, however you identify on or beyond the gender continuum, to share your vision, insights, essays and stories for our “Gender identity, binarism, and quantum entanglement” issue.

Please send your original, unpublished work by May 24, 2023 to:

Vol. 36 No. 3 – early October 2023

Theme: Grief, Art and Ceremony

Submission due date: August 15, 2023

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To come

Vol. 36 No. 4 – early January 2024

Theme: Blues, Jazz and Beat as fugitive literature

Submission due date: November 15, 2023

Theme description

To come


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