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On June 15, 2020, SFWP released a statement of change. Not a solidarity statement, but a commitment to do its part to diversify its catalog and online journal. We can't keep saying Black Lives Matter and only publish white people.

"Lazy and racist are the same thing if we keep pretending that the best way to support marginalized communities is to put out solidarity statements and pretend race doesn’t play a factor in publishing."

Keeping with this promise, the SFWP Quarterly Issue 24, released February 1, 2021, will only feature writers of color. In fact, every issue of 2021 will feature writers of intersecting marginalized identities.

We invite writers who identify as non-white to submit their poetry, prose, and hybrid works for this issue. We usually don't publish poetry, but we also usually don't publish more than 10 pieces per issue, and usual is what landed us here in the first place, right?

Submission window: October 24, 2020 - December 31, 2020 

(If you miss the deadline for this, just submit to one of the other issues! We're looking for BIPOC writers for the entire year!)

THEME: Pleasure

What do we mean by pleasure? Think about Audre Lorde's definition of the uses of the Erotic. Or things that feel good to you (waking up late, yoga, canceling plans, etc.). Or sex, if that feels good to you. Or guilty pleasures (that you don't feel that guilty about). Or joy. Or happiness. Or that painful catharsis that comes from deep despair being felt honestly, fully, and without judgement -- that's pleasure, too. 

What are we looking for:

  • Poetry -- no more than 3 poems, any length, form, style, written in (mostly) English. No translations at this time. If you're unsure if your poems follow these guidelines, submit anyway.
  • Prose -- no more than 5,000 words, any form, style, genre. We love science fiction, fantasy, literary journalism, memoir, personal essay, literary fiction, fractured fairy tales, retellings, written in (mostly) English. No translations at this time. If you're unsure if your prose follows these guidelines, submit anyway.
  • Hybrid -- no more than 3,000 words, any form, style, genre, written (mostly) in English. No translations at this time. We love comics (graphic essays/short stories, poem comics, works that use illustration, etc.), choreopoems, and even ten-minute plays. If you're unsure if your submission follows these guidelines, submit anyway.

Collaborations welcome! (As long as all collaborators identify as non-white.)

Help us shift the landscape of the literary industry by bringing writers of color to the forefront, and not because it's fashionable or the woke thing to do -- but because it's the just thing to do, the right thing to do, and honestly, the thing we want to do more than anything else.

Please send all questions regarding this issue to managing editor, Monica Prince at monicaprince@sfwp.com, who, by the way, is a Black cis woman. Any harassing, racist, or violent messages will be deleted (or kept for potential investigation).

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