This is by no means an exhaustive list of journals and magazines that welcome writing by Black women and other people of color. Feel free to list in the comments any journal you think should be added.
Blackberry: a magazine: “BLACKBERRY: a magazine aims to be a premier literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists. Its goal is to expose readers to the diversity of the black woman’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in both the mainstream and independent markets. Exceptional literature and art continues to be birthed by black women. I hope to illuminate the work of a newer generation while reaching back to those whose words may have been ignored.”
Torch: creative writing by African American women:“Torch Literary Arts is a nonprofit organization established to support and promote the work of African American women. We publish contemporary poetry, prose, and short stories by experienced and emerging writers alike. Our signature on-line journal, TORCH: poetry, prose, and short stories by African American Women has featured work by Colleen J. McElroy, Tayari Jones, Sharon Bridgforth, Crystal Wilkinson, Patricia Smith, and many more.”
African American Review: “As a quarterly journal, AAR promotes a lively exchange among writers and scholars in the arts and humanities who hold diverse perspectives on African American literature, art, and culture.”
African Voices Magazine:“African Voices Communications is a non-profit cultural arts organization dedicated to fostering cultural understanding and awareness through literature, art and film. Founded in 1992 by a small group of writers and visual artists, the organization strives for artistic and literary excellence while showcasing the unique and diverse stories within the African Diaspora. The organization publishes a national quarterly literary magazine and presents community arts programs.”
Black Literature Magazine:“Black Literature Magazine is the brain-child of Essence Bestselling Author Torrian Ferguson and Author Vonda Howard. BLM’s purpose is to uplift and promote seasoned, new and aspiring authors. The mag’s goal is to shine an unbiased and much needed light on the positive and often looked over aspects of every genre within African American literature. Spotlights also include poetry, professionals within the industry, news, commentary and book reviews.”
Bold as Love Magazine: music, culture, and the new Black imagination: “Bold As Love started in 2007 as a platform for people–particularly African Americans–to discover Black rock music. The aim was to explore how the increasing prominence of Black rock, Afro-punk and black alternative music was impacting Black imagination and how we conceive of and understand ourselves in the world. Since then, it has evolved into a space dedicated to highlighting the black creators and curators of progressive, left-of-center culture here in the States and globally. Bold As Love Magazine is closely aligned with The Festival of the New Black Imagination.”
Callaloo: a Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters: “Texas A&M University sponsors Callaloo, and the Johns Hopkins University Press publishes the journal four times each year. The central purposes of Callaloo are:
- to provide a publication outlet, in English or English translations, for new, emerging, and established creative writers who produce texts in different languages in the African Diaspora; and
- to serve as a forum for literary and cultural critics who write about the literature and culture of the African Diaspora.”
The Killens Review: “The Killens Review of Arts & Letters, a literary journal, seeks short stories, creative nonfiction, essays, poetry, and artwork related to the various cultural, sociopolitical, and historical experiences of writers and people of color from the African Disapora.”
Kinfolks: a Journal of Black Expression:“Kinfolks: a journal of black expression is a publication dedicated to thinking about blackness in its infinite permutations. Started in 2013 by a small collective of friends old and new, the journal’s ethos is centered around the notion that the culture(s) of Africa and the African Diaspora provide us with models of collectivity, commonality, and kinship that have been and will be central to the story of our world. Thus, we are interested in publishing poetry, photography, essays (personal, video, narrative, lyric, etc.), literary criticism, art criticism, reviews, extended meditations, flash fiction, and paintings that are a part of the continuing conversation about and around blackness. What this conversation looks and sounds like is, of course, up to the panoply of voices that assemble to build its foundation.”
Mosaic: “Launched in1998, Mosaic is a print tri-annual that explores the literary arts by writers of African descent, and features interviews, essays, and book reviews.”
pluck! Journal of Affrilachian Arts and Culture:“pluck! The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture is looking for voices of color from the thirteen states touched by the Appalachian Mountains (Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) and work with a strong sense of place that addresses the writer’s unique experience in this physical and spiritual diaspora. We ask that potential contributors please read at least one issue of our journal before submitting their work so they can get a feel for the material we accept. Normal response time can range from 6-12 weeks.”
QBR The Black Book Review: “QBR will post your review on the QBR website for discussion and comment. Books in all genre (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s, etc.) are welcomed. There is no fee for posting a review. All submissions are subject to editorial evaluation.”
As/Us:“As/Us is a space to showcase the creative literary expressions and scholarly work of both emerging and established women writers from around the world. We are interested in publishing works by underrepresented writers particularly Indigenous women and women of color.”
Kalyani Magazine:“Kalyani Magazine is a community focused around a semi-annual literary publication featuring diverse writing styles from women of color. Each issue explores one theme, word, or concept that impacts women in diverse ways. We specifically welcome submissions from previously unpublished authors. Our goal is to be an accessible literary magazine which encourages all women of color to view themselves as writers, readers, and supports each other on this path.”
The Black Queer Adventures:“The Black Queer Adventures is a new zine that will share stories, artwork, interviews, essays, poetry from Black Queer/Trans people about their experiences related to Blackness, Gender and Sexuality, and other intersectionalities. With themes related to sex,relationships, family and community and the diaspora. Identity Politics, passing and performing, to creating art music and soul enriching activism.Strategies for selfcare and building communities to health tips and recipes.”
Sinister Wisdom: a Multicultural Lesbian Literary and Art Journal:”Sinister Wisdom is a multicultural lesbian literary & art journal that publishes three issues each year. Publishing since 1976, Sinister Wisdom works to create a multicultural, multi-class lesbian space. Sinister Wisdom seeks to open, consider and advance the exploration of lesbian community issues. Sinister Wisdom recognizes the power of language to reflect our diverse experiences and to enhance our ability to develop critical judgment as lesbians evaluating our community and our world. Currently, Julie R. Enszer is the editor of Sinister Wisdom.”
Backbone Press: “1. A small press with a big vision. 2. A venue for ethnic poets; African-American. 3. An interest too, in poetry by Latino/a, Asian, and other Ethnicities. 4. Seeker of poetry. political, invocative, social, gritty, also the personal and poignant.”
Kweli: a Literary Journal Celebrating Diverse Voices:“Kweli celebrates cultural kinships and the role of the literary imagination. In this shared space, you will hear the lived experience of people of color. Our many stories. Our shared histories. Our creative play with language. Here our memories are wrapped inside the music of the Muscogee, the blues songs of the South, the clipped patois of the Caribbean. Here in Spanish, Zulu, Tagalog, a useful past is lying down next to an ailing present. Our prose, poetry and visual art are full of vitamins and vernacular. Listen. Grow. Lift.”
Mythium:“Our goal is to spotlight colored writers of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds in the fields of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction; professionally published or seldom seen; international or from around-the-way; writers who ‘bask in the glow’ or ‘lay under rocks’ – if that sounds like you, then go ahead and speak on it! allow us to help you represent yourself!”
Sable LitMag: “SABLE LitMag … is a black and white cultural publication for writers of colour to showcase their work in any genre. It provides readers with an opportunity to read new work by internationally renowned and new writers within a format and design that is aesthetically as important as the written word.”
Apogee Journal: “We currently publish an annual issue that features fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry by writers of color, as well as non-hegemonic perspectives on racial, social and political issues by writers of all races. Our dual purpose is to celebrate writers on the periphery who express their creativity, interests and struggles, and to provide a platform for all writers to thoughtfully engage with issues of race and cultural diversity.”
Black Fox Literary Magazine:“Here at Black Fox, we publish both established and new writers. We welcome all fiction, but we especially like fiction from under-represented genres and styles.”
Boston Review:“Boston Review is a magazine of ideas, independent and nonprofit. We cover lots of ground—politics, poetry, film, fiction, book reviews, and criticism. But a few premises tie it all together: that democracy depends on robust public discussion; that vast inequalities are unjust; that sometimes understanding means going deep; that human imagination breaks free from neat political categories; and that powerful images are worth piles of words.”
Flycatcher: “Through writing and visual art, Flycatcher strives to explore what it means—or what it might mean—to be native to this earth and its particular places.”
“Flycatcher welcomes unsolicited submissions of most any writing form or artistic medium. We welcome and encourage traditional writing forms (poems, creative essays, short fictions) as well as work that is harder to classify. We welcome excerpts from long works that can stand alone. We also accept queries for book reviews and reviews of other forms of media. You will find specific guidelines for all these things throughout this page.
Pank:“Founded in 2006, the nonprofit literary arts collective [PANK] – PANK Magazine, Pankmagazine.com, the PANK Books, the Invasion Readings Series – fosters access to emerging and experimental poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers. To the end of the road, up country, a far shore, the edge of things, to a place of amalgamation and unplumbed depths, where the known is made and unmade, and where unimagined futures are born, a place inhabited by contradictions, a place of quirk and startling anomaly. [PANK], no soft pink hands allowed.”
The Rumpus: “Founded by Stephen Elliott, The Rumpus launched on January 20, 2009. Since then, our community has grown but we’ve kept our core: we want to change the conversation. We want to introduce you to authors you’ve never heard of before and to provide perspective on books, films or media that will make you look deeper. What’s meaningful to our writers and readers doesn’t usually fall in step with marketing schedules, breaking news or what’s trending on the Internet; at The Rumpus, we care about what moves people. We believe that literature is community—and if reading our site makes you want more, we’ve got more: sign up to participate in the Rumpus Book Club, Rumpus Poetry Book Club, Letters in the Mail, Letters for Kids, and, to receive Stephen Elliott’s overly personal email, The Daily Rumpus.”
Solstice: a Magazine of Diverse Voices: “Solstice publishes fiction, poetry, nonfiction and photography.We experiment. We publish fine work, of course, from previously published established writers to up-and-coming writers, whetherformal or informal, traditional or experimental. Also, we publish underserved writers, writers on the margins—from writing groups for those on probation or parole, or from writing groups in prisons, in shelters, in rehab programs, in veterans centers, in churches, and so on. We publish writers of diverse nationalities, races and religions, and also writers from diverse cultures within our culture.”
Spook: email email@example.com. “Upon its debut in June 2012, Spook was hailed by the Los Angeles Review of Books as “an invaluable contribution to the cultural conversation.” Published biannually, the magazine operates as a space for alternative voices and remixes traditional formats, a sort of literary arts mixtape (think The Paris Review meets FADER, or better yet: a Lucille Clifton verse set to a Madlib beat). Spook is the essence, the pulse—it is a brilliant dissonance of ideas and art that contain no bound, an ever-evolving dialog between past and present.”
Tidal Basin Review:“Our mission is to provide a space for inclusive and interdisciplinary approaches to the creative arts. We expressively and fiscally support artists who represent the rich American landscape by publishing high-quality, well-crafted literature, visual and media art through our annual contest, readings, and print and online journals.”
Muzzle Magazine:“Muzzle aims to bring together the voices of poets from a diverse array of backgrounds, paying special homage to those from communities that are historically underrepresented in literary magazines.”
Apogee Journal:“Apogee is a literary journal specializing in art and literature that engage with issues of identity politics: race, gender, sexuality, class, and hyphenated identities. We currently produce a biannual issue featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Our goal is to publish exciting work that interrogates the status quo, providing a platform for unheard voices, including emerging writers of color.”
No Tokens Journal: “No Tokens is a biannually published journal celebrating work that is felt in the spine. We are run entirely by women, dedicated to featuring the words and artwork of all voices of the past, present, and future.”
Adanna Literary Journal: “Adanna, a name of Nigerian origin, pronounced a-DAN-a, is defined as “her father’s daughter.” This literary journal is titled Adanna because women over the centuries have been defined by men in politics, through marriage, and, most importantly, by the men who fathered them. Today women are still bound by complex roles in society, often needing to wear more than one hat or sacrifice one role so another may flourish.”
Praxis Center: Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership: “The role of artists in society has always been important. Artists raise awareness about social issues and are often the register of the times. They can reinforce the status quo or they can serve as a catalyst for change. Popular Culture often illuminates where we are all are as a people and a species. We invite critical essays and thinking on art of all types today in the US and abroad.”
Mount Island: “What with social dialectics and the current state of this and that, we are enthusiastic to publish work by artists from frequently marginalized communities—artists who identify as female, queer, of color, neurovariant, and so on and so vitally forth.” (See comment section for more on this journal.)
Digging Through the Fat:ripping out the heart: “Digging Through the Fat ripping out the heart is an alternative website which promotes the work of established and emerging writers, poets, and publishers.”
Transitions: “Born in Africa and bred in the diaspora, Transition is a unique forum for the freshest, most compelling, most curious ideas about race. Since its founding in Uganda in 1961, the magazine has kept apace of the rapid transformation of the black world and has remained a leading forum of intellectual debate. Now, in an age that demands ceaseless improvisation, we aim to be both an anchor of deep reflection on black life and a map charting new routes through the globalized world. Transition is a publication of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, published three times annually by Indiana University Press.”
Make/shift: “Make/shift magazine creates and documents contemporary feminist culture and action by publishing journalism, critical analysis, and visual and text art. Made by an editorial collective committed to antiracist, transnational, and queer perspectives, make/shift embraces the multiple and shifting identities of feminist communities. We know there’s exciting work being done in various spaces and forms by people seriously and playfully resisting and creating alternatives to systematic oppression. Make/shift exists to represent, participate in, critique, provoke, and inspire more of that good work.”
The Fem: A Feminist Literary Magazine: “We accept all works of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. We encourage thought provoking works that highlight the personal experiences of women, LGBTQIA individuals, people of color, etc. We also encourage experimental pieces that mix genres and show us something new with structure.”
Luna Station Quarterly: “Luna Station Quarterly publishes speculative fiction written by women. We think girls write awesome characters and really cool stories and we want to show it to the world. We will consider stories submitted by any woman writer, regardless of experience or writing resume.”
Bird’s Thumb: “Bird’s Thumb is dedicated to discovering and publishing the emerging writer. As an evolving journal, we’re open to many styles and we’re interested in diverse voices. Most of all, we honor excellent writing. So please send us your best and fear not the perils of the slush pile. We will give your work the attention it deserves.”
Pluck! Journal is a good one: http://pluckjournal.com/
Also, I edit an online journal called Flycatcher that I suppose would fit in the “Journals and Magazines Focusing on Writings from ‘Alternative Voices’ and ‘Under-represented Genres and Styles’ (These journals have at least one editor of color)” category, if you’d like to check it out: http://www.flycatcherjournal.org. We’re open for submissions, with Issue 3 coming out in a few weeks and Issue 4 coming out in the spring; at the moment, we’re specifically looking for writing that deals somehow with social justice issues.
Thanks so much, Chris! I’ve updated the list. If your editors change so that people of color are no longer represented, please let me know. Also, as soon as you have a description for the call for submissions for issue 4 let me know.
Thank you, Rae, will do!
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Please add Praxis Center to you list. http://www.kzoo.edu/praxis/.
Hi Rae—thank you for providing such a helpful resource! Might you be interested in adding the magazine I edit, Mount Island, to this list? Our staff happens to be a lovely ruckus of black and brown folks and our white friends, and we’re committed to this nice statement you’ll find on our website: “What with social dialectics and the current state of this and that, we are enthusiastic to publish work by artists from frequently marginalized communities—artists who identify as female, queer, of color, neurovariant, and so on and so vitally forth.”
We released our first issue last September, and our second is due in March (both online and in print). We like to think we’re as friendly as we are critical, and you can check us out here: http://www.mountisland.com/
Thanks for your time!
Hi guys, we would really appreciate it if you considered submitting to our new online lit and art journal. We are Call + Response and we want give exposure to new and emerging artist and writers of color. We also accept published and unpublished work. Please consider us!