* What is original slash?
* What types of presses and publications are listed
in this report? How can I be listed?
* Why don't you list works that aren't labelled as
* I don't want to be listed here. How can I be removed?
* How do I learn when new issues of The Slash
Skinny are published?
Please note that as of June 2007, The Slash Skinny will not
have new issues for the foreseeable future. The information provided below
is for readers perusing past issues.
What is original slash?
Original slash is a genre of literature and art featuring male/male and
female/female attraction. Female/female slash is also sometimes referred
to as femslash, femmeslash, or saffic. Slash is noteworthy for its strong
emphasis on the emotional connections – good or bad – between the characters.
It overlaps with other genres, such as yaoi and yuri, gay and lesbian romance,
and queer science fiction and fantasy. Although slash originated as a form
of fan fiction, this report only covers professionally published original
More informations on the origins of the term can be found in the off-site
essay What is Original Gen, Original Het,
and Original Slash?
What types of presses and publications are listed in
this report? How can I be listed?
This report only covers professionally published original slash, both male/male
and female/female. Related genres such as m/m erotic romance are not covered
unless the titles are labelled in some way as slash. The report does not
cover fan works, except insofar as they relate to or overlap with original
What does the editor mean by "professional"? Basically, anything that
could be put on a professional writer's or artist's resume, such as a work
published for profit, or a not-for-profit publication such as an e-zine.
Self-published or amateur works that are likely to be of interest to readers
of professional works may be included in the report, at the editor's discretion.
To be listed in the "Releases & Reviews" section: The work
must be issued by an original slash press, or it must be promoted as slash
by its publisher or its creator(s) through its blurb, tags, or similar
To be listed in the "Markets & Jobs" section: The press or
publication must regularly publish works that are promoted as slash.
In order to request to be listed, please e-mail
the editor with links to the information you wish listed.
Why don't you list works that aren't labelled as slash?
Lack of time and space. Currently, dozens of works are being published
each month in genres that overlap with original slash, such as gay romance
and GLBT fantasy and science fiction. These genres are well covered by
other publications. This report specifically draws attention to works that
are labelled by their creators or publishers as slash.
Works listed here do not need to be labelled only as slash. A
title that was promoted both as a gay mystery novel and as an original
slash novel would be eligible to be listed here.
I don't want to be listed here. How can I be removed?
If you don't wish it listed in The Slash Skinny, feel free to e-mail
the editor to ask that your name or company's name be removed from
future reports. The editor is also willing to run a correction in the next
issue if past listings are likely to cause you problems.
How do I learn when new issues of The Slash
Skinny are published?
Links to the latest issues are posted on the home page
of this report's Website.
You can join the updates e-mail list theslashskinny. To join
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