Whether you’ve already been published or are just starting out, we want to hear from you!

midnight & indigo is a literary platform dedicated to short fiction and narrative essays by Black women writers

Our digital platform, midnightandindigo.com features a diverse array of voices that connect readers to content featuring strong female lead characters or a Black female POV; across the spectrum of experience. We also publish 2-3 multi-author literary journals each year (print/ebook and/or audiobook) and 1 long-form anthology collection (upcoming 2023).

As a Black woman-owned start-up, we're so excited that you chose us as a potential medium for your voice.

  • Calls for Journal Submissions for Short Stories and Personal Essays are held 2-3 per year
  • The next deadline is January 31, 2022 for short story and narrative essay submissions
  • Book Reviews focused on works by Black women authors are accepted year-round
  • Special editions: Speculative/Horror issue (est. February 2022) and Anthology (est. December 2023)
  • We do NOT accept poetry or manuscripts. Please do not submit them, as they will not be reviewed

To increase your chances of being published, please review our current content; to gain insight regarding the types of stories that resonate with our readers and Editorial team. Check out our online publication: HERE, print issues: HERE, and our first Speculative issue HERE.

NOTE: Due to volume, please allow 2-3 months to receive a decision from our team. Thanks for your consideration! 

As a true start-up with an all-volunteer staff, thanks so much for your support!

We are looking for previously unpublished, CHARACTER-DRIVEN fictional short stories written by Black women writers. All genres are welcome. Subject matter and plots can run the gamut, but we want emotion, grit, soul, and writing that forges an immediate connection with the reader.

General Guidelines

  • Stories must meet our minimum 1,500 word count requirement. 
  • Submissions should be submitted in proper short story manuscript format with your name, email address, and the story’s total word count on the first page. For our purposes, you do not need to include a mailing address or phone number. Click here for an example of proper short story manuscript format.
  • We offer $100 for Short Stories accepted for publication in our literary journal (eBook, print, and/or audiobook) and $50 for Short Stories accepted for online publication on midnightandindigo.com.
  • All submissions will be considered for publication in our upcoming print anthology (December 2023) at a rate of $125 per story.
  • Please submit your short story no later than January 31, 2022.
  • If you are submitting a Speculative/Horror piece, please do not use this form. Click HERE for details.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work. Responses will be provided by April 30, 2022.

 

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Optional Add ons

We DO NOT charge a fee for submissions but do offer optional add-ons should you wish to participate. Again, these fees are optional - you are not required to pay to submit your work.

Standard Submission ($0)

  • You are not required to pay for submission. You will be notified of acceptance/decline by April 30th..

 
Expedited Reading option ($25)

  • If you choose this option, we'll put your work at the very top of our reading pile for review. Choosing this option will not influence whether your submission is accepted for publication. This only grants a quicker accept/decline response; guaranteed by February 28th vs. April 30th.


Editor in Chief Feedback option ($150)

  • Have a 60-minute phone consultation with our Editor in Chief. She will provide constructive feedback and delve into plot, description, character development, and other points you may consider to strengthen your story. Choosing this option will not influence whether your submission is accepted for publication. Publication decision will be provided on April 30th. Phone consultation will be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time between May 1st - June 30th. Submission must meet our 1,500 word minimum and cannot exceed 6,000 words to qualify. **Spaces are limited**

For extended feedback options, please contact us directly via your Submittable account for details.

We are looking for previously unpublished, first-person POV fictional short stories written by Black women writers.

Essays can be funny, entertaining, serious or sincere. Content must uplift, inspire and leave readers with something to think about. We want emotion, grit, soul, and writing that forges an immediate connection with the reader around your experience. Submissions cannot include list formats or "5 Ways to..." inspirational instructionals.


General Guidelines

  • Please submit your essay no later than January 31, 2022.
  • Essays must meet our minimum 1,200 word count requirement.
  • Submissions should be submitted in proper manuscript format with your name, email address, and the story’s total word count on the first page. For our purposes, you do not need to include a mailing address or phone number. Click here for an example of proper manuscript format.
  • We offer $50 for Essays accepted for publication in our literary journal (eBook, print, and/or audiobook) or midnightandindigo.com.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work. Responses will be provided by April 30, 2022.

 
 *****
Optional Add ons
We DO NOT charge a fee for submissions, but do offer optional add-ons should you wish to participate. Again, these fees are optional - you are not required to pay to submit your work.

Standard Submission ($0)

  • You are not required to pay for submission. You will be notified of acceptance/decline by April 30th.

 
Expedited Reading option ($25)

  • If you choose this option, we'll put your work at the very top of our reading pile for review. Choosing this option will not influence whether your submission is accepted for publication. This only grants a quicker accept/decline response; guaranteed by February 28th.
     

 For extended feedback options, please contact us directly via your Submittable account for details.

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