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 April 30, 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We are looking for previously unpublished, CHARACTER-DRIVEN fictional short stories written by Black women writers.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.
  • 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) and $50 for Short Stories accepted 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 July 30, 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 $50 for Essays accepted for publication in our literary journal (eBook, print, and/or audiobook) or midnightandindigo.com. We pay upon acceptance, not publication.
  • We accept only previously unpublished work. Responses will be provided by July 30, 2022.

 

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

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