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 3x per year
  • The next deadline is July 30, 2022 for short story, speculative, and narrative essay submissions
  • Book Reviews focused on works by Black women authors are accepted year-round
  • Special editions: Speculative/Horror issue (est. October 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 into 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.

Our online Writing Studio is open!

  • We're excited to announce the launch of our online Writing Studio for Black women writers—featuring live Zoom classes on short story & essay writing, craft, publishing, and genre-based workshops. Whether you're just starting out or have already been published, we've curated our writing classes especially for you. ⁠Registration is open 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We are looking for previously unpublished, CHARACTER-DRIVEN fictional short stories written by Black women writers.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.
  • All submissions will be considered for publication at the following rates: $100 for Short Stories accepted for publication in our literary journal (eBook, print, and/or audiobook) or for online publication on midnightandindigo.com. We pay upon acceptance, not publication.
  • All submissions will be considered for publication in our upcoming print anthology (December 2023) at a rate of $150 per story.
  • 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 October 31, 2022.


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

We are looking for previously unpublished, first-person POV non-fiction essays 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

  • 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 $75 for Essays accepted for publication in our online publication midnightandindigo.com. We pay upon acceptance, not publication.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work. Responses will be provided by October 31, 2022.

The readers loved it so much, we're doing it again! We are looking for previously unpublished, character-driven, speculative short stories written by Black women writers for our third special issue (October 2022).

Need context? Check out our previous speculative issues HERE.

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 July 30, 2022.
  • 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.
  • All submissions will be considered for publication on a rolling basis on midnightandidigo.com or in our Speculative fiction special issue (online and/or print - October 2022).
  • We offer $200 for Short Stories accepted for publication in our annual Speculative issue (eBook, print, and/or audiobook - ~October 2021) and $100 for Short Stories accepted for publication on midnightandindigo.com
  • We accept only previously unpublished work. Responses will be provided by August 31, 2022.

Thank you for your interest in teaching at midnight & indigo! 

Are you a writer, editor, teacher, or aspiring contributor with a knack for instruction and storytelling? If that's you, we'd love to hear from you. We launched our online class platform in January 2022, focused on offering writing, craft, genre-based, and workshopping classes to writers of all experience levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced). You may view upcoming offerings here.

Our instructors have a wide range of teaching, writing, and experience levels — we encourage you to fill out this form even if you are new to or are looking for teaching experience. We recommend reviewing our published works at midnightandindigo.com for a sense of our content and the writer population we serve.

We are interested in course proposals based on:

  • Short story writing
  • Novel writing
  • Craft (Character development, plot, dialogue, scene, etc.)
  • Genre-based courses (Speculative, Romance, 
  • Speculative 
  • Essay Writing
  • Editing
  • Book Analysis and discussion (works by Black and POC writers only)
  • Workshopping
  • Also open to your ideas!

All classes will be held via Zoom.

We are currently accepting applications for courses starting between June and December 2022.

This is a paid opportunity; the per-hour pay scale will be discussed with chosen applicants upon receipt of the query; and based upon curriculum and time commitment. This is a contract, not a salaried position.

Please fill out the below form to get started. If you seem like a good fit for our program, we’ll follow up to request additional information within 4-6 weeks. If selected, you will be asked to submit a resume, course proposal, and participate in a truncated mock class as a component of the interview process.

General Guidelines

  • Classes must focus on craft, with intentionality around helping writers to become more confident, skilled, and effective in their prose
  • Classes should include a combination of lecture/instruction, writing exercises, and in-class discussions
  • Our class offerings will include 1-day, 2-day, 2-week, 4-week, and 6-week seminars
  • Individual class sessions will run for a minimum of 90 minutes to a maximum of 3 hours each
  • The application will remain open until positions are filled


Have questions? Please message us via your Submittable account or email us at classes@midnightandindigo.com

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