for writers

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.


30 November

Duende* accepts prose, poetry, writing, and plays from artists who are “queer, of color, differently abled, immigrant, working class, youth, elder, and / or otherwise from communities underrepresented in U.S. literary magazines and journals.” Review its submission guidelines and genre specifications before submitting.

01 December

The Asian American Writers’ Workshop* has extended its deadline for applications for the 2018 Margins Fellowship. Writers and visual artists should pay close attention to the submission requirements. The workshop is sponsored by The Margins, which is an online magazine that explores what it means to be an American and global citizen.

Muzzle publishes writing that promotes revolution and revelation. It is accepting poetry, interviews, and book reviews.

15 January

Obsidian* welcomes literature of the African Diaspora. Submissions include manuscripts, scholarly papers, fiction, poetry, and drama (short acts).

31 January

Sinister Wisdom* is a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal seeking written and visual work. All 2017 issues have been filled, but Sinister Wisdom is accepting pieces for forthcoming issues in 2018. The next thematic issue is”Dump Trump.”


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

looking ahead…

Kweli* opens for submissions. The journal celebrates the diversity of our voices by accepting works from writers of color. It welcomes fiction, nonfiction and poetry submissions until May 2018.

Mandala Journal is a student-run journal affiliated with the University of Georgia’s Institute for African American Studies. It publishes work that celebrates the diversity of our voices and experiences. Submissions close February 7, 2018.

Waxwing* promotes cultural diversity in American literature by including works from artists of all races, ethnicities, tribes, genders, sexualities, languages, religions, regions, and abilities. The journal also publishes bilingual voices and translations. It is accepting submissions until May 2018.

*Also accepts visual artwork