midnight & indigo is a literary platform dedicated to publishing 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 2021).


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

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 10th for all short story and narrative essay and Speculative/Horror submissions
  • Book Reviews focused on works by Black women authors are accepted year-round.
  • Special editions: Speculative/Horror issue (October 2021) and Anthology (est. December 2021)
  • 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 and our print issues: 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 as we get up-and-running!

We are looking for previously unpublished, character-driven, speculative short stories written by Black women writers

Speculative fiction is a broad genre encompassing fiction with certain elements that do not exist in the real world, often in the context of supernatural, futuristic, or other imaginative themes. This includes, but is not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, superhero fiction, horror, utopian and dystopian fiction, fairytale fantasy, and supernatural fiction.  
 

  • Please submit your short story no later than January 10, 2021.
  • Stories must meet our minimum 1,400 word count requirement.  Please include the word count at the top of your submission.
  • All submissions will be considered for publication on a rolling basis on midnightandidigo.com or in our annual Speculative fiction special issue (online and/or print - October 2021).
  • We offer $75 for Short Stories accepted for publication in our literary journal (eBook, print, and/or audiobook) and $50 for Short Stories accepted for publication on midnightandindigo.com.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work. Responses will be provided by February 23, 2021.

 

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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 February 23, 2021.

 Expedited Reading option ($20)

  • 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 January 26, 2021.


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

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.  Please include the word count at the top of your submission.
  • We offer $75 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 anthology (December 2020/January 2021) at a rate of $125 per story.
  • Please submit your short story no later than January 10, 2021.
  • If you are submitting a Speculative/Horror piece, please submit for consideration, please do not use this form. Click HERE for details.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work. Responses will be provided by March 31, 2020.

  

 *****
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 March 31st.

 
 Expedited Reading option ($20)

  • 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 15th vs. March 31st.


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 10, 2021.
  • Essays must meet our minimum 1,200 word count requirement.  Please include the word count at the top of your submission.
  • 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 March 31, 2021.

  

 *****
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 March 31st.

  
Expedited Reading option ($20)

  • 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 15th.
     

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

Word count: 1,000 words min

We are looking for previously unpublished reviews of books written by Black women authors. Submissions must be insightful, thoughtful, and indicative of having read the full narrative. Due to the nature of our platform, reviews focused on book within the literary fiction genre will have a better chance of getting published.

  • At this time, we no longer offer compensation for Book reviews accepted for publication on midnightandindigo.com.


Please DO NOT submit short stories or essays here; these submissions will automatically be rejected. Stay tuned for info re: the next Reading period. 

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