for writers

photo ©Nakia Kearney; artwork from The Ché Cafe in San Diego, CA

Although we are post-modern, we are not post-racial. Despite the successes of minorities, anything pro-black, pro-brown, pro-colored is still side eyed. Anything Other is still demonized. As our ability to interact with each other becomes increasingly more pervasive, it is more important than ever for the voices of the underrepresented, forgotten, misunderstood, and oppressed to be heard. Therefore, this list is dedicated to opportunities that provide megaphones for these voices.

APRIL – MAY 2018

20 April

Mothers Always Write is hosting its Spring Literary Writers Boot Camp, which offers one-on-one coaching with a MAW editor. The workshop is designed to provide instruction on literary essay writing, with the opportunity to ask editors questions about essays that you are working on in the workshop and other questions about the literary writing process. There will be an opportunity for publication in the online magazine at the end of the boot camp.

wusgood?, a magazine that provides a platform for urban writers and artists, is hosting a Black Hogwarts Online Workshop. Black Hogwarts is for POC who are poets and fiction writers of all ages. Applicants will engage in four weeks of intensive workshops. There is a $75 workshop fee. Submit here.

30 April

The Black Arts Table, in connection with Button Poetry and In Black Ink, is creating A Garden of Black Joy, an anthology of poetry from black writers. The anthology will feature poems that focus on our experiences and bring recognition to the black community. Submissions are free.

VIDA and the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival is offering tuition fellowships for two women or nonbinary poets of color. VIDA is a feminist non-profit organization that strives to bring transparency about gender parity in the literary world and to amplify marginalized voices. The 2018 Writer’s Festival will take place from June 20 – 23 at the Chautauqua Institution.

01 May

Huizachea magazine that celebrates Latino literature and challenges stereotypes, is currently accepting poetry and prose. Submit here.

Waxwing* promotes cultural diversity in American literature by including works from artists of all races, ethnicities, tribes, genders, sexualities, languages, religions, regions, and abilities. You can also submit here.

30 May

Kweli* is open for submissions. The journal celebrates the diversity of our voices by accepting works from writers of color. It welcomes fiction, nonfiction and poetry submissions.


African Voices is committed to fostering understanding and awareness of the African Diaspora through fiction and poetry. Writers are encouraged to review the latest issue of African Voices before submitting.

Cecile’s Writers Magazine publishes flash fiction, short stories, plays, essays, memoirs, poetry, novelettes or novel excerpts from intercultural authors. Those who do not identify as an intercultural author are able to submit their work as well.

The Good Men Project is seeking work that explores the connection between men and manhood through an array of topics. Anyone can submit.

Hinchas de Poesia publishes fiction, poetry, and prose of authors from “América” (North, Central, South).

Hyphen Magazine is an online news and culture magazine that highlights the Asian American experience through investigative articles. Interested writers are advised to review the submissions page for details on topics to pitch/write for.

Kartika Review publishes writing from Asian Pacific Islander American perspectives that challenges established stereotypes, oppression, and other negative thought forms (e.g. Yellow Peril, racism, xenophobia). Please submit your work once per calendar year.

The Margins, the Asian American Writers Workshop’s arts and ideas magazine, is accepting pitches for nonfiction features and essays, as well as poetry for its Poetry Tuesdays. Critically read the submissions guidelines before submitting your work.

Moko* is a non-profit journal that publishes work (written and visual art) that reflects Caribbean heritage and experiences. Emerging and established creatives are encouraged to submit.

Mothers Always Write publishes essays and poetry by mothers (and fathers too!) that reflect issues of motherhood and parenting. The magazine accepts work monthly for themes specified on its website.

Puerto del Sol is featuring essays, poems, fiction, and multi-modal work for its Black Voices Series. Review the online magazine for examples of previously accepted works. Submit here*record scratch* check out PdS‘ literary series, Voz, which highlights Latinx authors and their work.

Representation Matters Mentor Program connects “self-identified people of color who are interested in publishing and literature with publishing professionals who can help their mentees learn about, and get a foothold in, the industry.” Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Screen Door Review publishes work by members of the queer community who identify as southern. It accepts submissions that express the relationship between queer identity and location/place.

Solstice publishes unheard voices in its tri-quarterly magazine. It celebrates diversity and accepts fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that encourage dialogue.

Storm Cellar* is a literary journal on safety and danger. It has a specific focus on the Midwest, environmental issues, and minority voices. Review the guidelines and submit here.

Sukoon* publishes high-quality Arab-themed literature all year-long. Writers should pay close attention to the guidelines and include a bio with their submissions.

Vela publishes long-form nonfiction written by women. Check out the submissions page for details.

*Also accepts visual artwork