Theme Archive: Beautiful Mind

Snowflake magazine is looking for submissions of art, poetry, essays, flash fiction, photography, interviews and articles from self-identifying queer creators. We are happy to consider pieces that transcend or do not fit these mediums. Being queer already often sits outside the norm, so we encourage your pieces to do the same - really think outside the box! ​ The submission itself should either be queer themed or from an artist who identifies as LGBTQ+ (or both!).


We’re inviting people to send in their submissions detailing their unique and interesting interpretations of this theme. Provided below are some prompts and thinking points to get you started: ​

  • How do you think - in words, film or pictures? Maybe a bit of both?

  • What does it mean, to you, to be ‘neurotypical’ or ’neurodiverse’?

  • What is beautiful about the queer mind and experience?

  • Roald Dahl said that the Twits were ‘ugly because their thoughts were bad’. What does this mean to you?

  • Does how we are treated affect the way we think?

  • How do you think the languages we speak affect our thinking, our feelings, our ideologies?

  • Take a look at the image below:

  • This colourful image from several researchers at Duke University (Credit: Philip Kragel, Kevin LaBar, Duke University) seems to show how different areas of our brain manage different emotions. What do you think creativity looks like? What colours, shapes and patterns do you imagine as representative of contentedness, happiness, sadness etc?

  • ‘Your body is the least interesting thing about you’ is a popular quote, what does this mean to you?

  • Synesthesia is a condition that means that some folks interpret the world in different ways, for example, seeing colours when listening to music or tastes being ascribed to words. How do you/could you explore the world through this lens?

  • Many people have representations and ideas of a mind’s eye, or third eye, what is your interpretation?

  • How do you experience music? Do you listen and relate to the lyrics, or are you drawn to the rhythm and beat?

  • How do you recharge? With people, by yourself, or do you need both equally?

  • When is your mind most calm, and what calms your mind?

  • Memory is fickle and morphs over time, but what are the memories you have that are clear and unchanging?

  • Cringe culture is dead. What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?

“Beautiful Mind” aims to celebrate what makes us uniquely gorgeous, inspired thinkers. We would prefer to publish positive, uplifting pieces, but we recognise that light and colours don’t exist without darkness - so don’t be afraid to send us that either, but please keep it safe for our Editor’s eyes.

Trigger warnings are mandatory for this issue, so please think carefully about what triggers could be in your submissions.

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