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.
SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER
Cha: An Asian American Literary Journal usually publishes creative works from and about Asia by Asian American authors, but it is accepting poetry from ALL poets for the Cha International Poetry Prize 2017. Read the guidelines carefully before submitting.
Finishing Line Press and the Brendan Ogg Memorial Fund are accepting poetry for their An Anthology of Poetry by Young Adults with Cancer. Submissions can be on any topic (read: cancer-related or other) and the writers must be young adults diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 15 and 39.
LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction will accept works for its final issue, published in April 2018. Works must connect with “cultures, traditions, mythologies, folk religions, and/or daily life in Southeast Asia.”
Luna Station Quarterly showcases speculative fiction written by women. Writers of all skill sets are encouraged to apply. Review the submissions page for details on accepted genres, formats, and other requirements.
Mother-artists are encouraged to apply to be part of The Mother Load anthology published by Proximity Magazine. The anthology is an expression of the discourse of motherhood. Interested writers must answer a set of questions as part of the application, which will be used as the writing sample to determine their eligibility.
Mothers Always Write is an online literary magazine that celebrates the complex and vast aspects of motherhood and parenting. September’s theme is “Stepping Stones in your life as a mother—Things you’ve stepped on, stepped over, paths you have followed, people or things that have gotten you where you want to go.” Fathers are encouraged to apply! Review the submissions guidelines for further details. Publication is every third Monday of the month.
PRIDE.com named Raspa magazine one of 10 Awesome LGBT Literary Magazines You Need In Your Life. This magazine accepts short fiction, poetry, and essays that illustrate the experiences and perspectives of queer Latinos. E-mail submissions to email@example.com.
Papercuts, a biannual print magazine that features work from South Asia “and beyond,” is accepting prose, poetry, and reportage on the theme “The Other Side.” Check out the submissions guidelines before sending your work.*
Tiny Tim Literary Review‘s goal is to provide opportunities to humanize medical professionals and chronically ill/disability narratives. The upcoming theme is: “What is natural? What is unnatural? Why does this matter for stories that touch on health or disability?” Check out Tiny Tim’s submissions page for guidelines.
Cha: An Asian American Literary Journal publishes creative works from and about Asia. It is currently accepting work for its’ “Writing Hong Kong” issue. Review the submissions guidelines and send work by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mandala Journal will be open for submissions! Mandala 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.
ALL YEAR LONG
Alternating Current Press promotes literature from people of color, LGBT+, minority ethnics, and Native Americans, waving all reading/submissions fees. Interested writers should check out the regular guidelines in addition to the submission guidelines specific to this category.
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.
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 is published by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop. It publishes the works of Asian American poets every Tuesday. It is currently accepting submissions under the BONA FIDE RELATIONSHIPS theme, seeking work that discusses the Muslim Ban. It also accepts pitches for nonfiction features and essays. Check out its submissions guidelines for more details.
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.*
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.
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.*
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. Review the submissions page here.
The Margins 2018 Fellowship will is accepting Four Emerging Asian American writers (fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction) should apply for The Margins Fellowship 2018 in New York. Four writers will receive $5,000, residency at the Millay Colony for the Arts, mentorship, a writing space, and publication opportunities in The Margins. Deadline is September 2018.
Muzzle publishes writing that promotes revolution and revelation. It is accepting poetry, interviews, and book reviews until December 1, 2017.
*Also accepts visual artwork