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.
NOVEMBER 2017 – JANUARY 2018
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.
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.
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.”
ALL YEAR LONG
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.
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.
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