Submission Call: BLF Press seeks Black women’s speculative writing, pays $50, due June 30 - (Expired)

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BLF Press invites Black women writers to submit stories and poetry to Black to the Future, an anthology of Black speculative writing, “including science fiction, fantasy, and Afrofuturism.” The editors are Stephanie Andrea Allen, Lauren Cherelle, and Krystal A. Smith.

They “seek writing that: Explores the interconnectedness of race, gender, and sexuality; [c]enters women’s experiences; [c]reates alternate histories and imagines futures, dystopias and utopias, and apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic worlds; [e]xamines human and non-human relationships with the environment/natural world; [and] fits into the genre of fantasy, science fiction, fabulism, magical realism, or expands the notion of these genres in exciting new ways.

  • Publisher: BLF Press
  • Publication type: Anthology
  • Word count: 2,000–5,000 words
  • Payment: $50 per story and one printed copy of the anthology
  • Rights: First English language print rights, and exclusive electronic rights for one year after publication
  • Deadline: June 30, 2018
  • Response Time: The editors plan to notify authors by August 15, 2018
  • Publication Date: Feb. 12, 2019
  • Format: Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format with one-inch margins and 12-point Time New Roman font
  • Will they take simultaneous or multiple submissions? They will read up to two stories per writer, but publish a maximum of one per writer. Poets may submit three poems. They say, “If your work is under serious consideration elsewhere, please wait until you’ve received a decision before submitting it to us.” Read more about multiple and simultaneous submissions.
  • Will they take reprints? No. Word must be previously unpublished. It cannot have appeared in print or on the internet.

Read more details and find the submission form at BLF Press—Submissions.

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