Written by Emily Harstone

Opportunities Open to Submissions From Historically Underrepresented Voices this April

This list of publishers meet our guiding principles, but are only open to free submissions from historically under-represented writers. Some of these publications are open to a wide range of writers including writers of color, gender non-conforming and LGBTQ+ writers, and those living with disabilities. Some have limited definitions and are only interested in work by Black authors. We try to make it as clear as possible who the publisher is seeking work from. A few are also limited by geography, again, we try to make this clear.

This is the fourth month we are publishing this list and we want it to be as helpful as possible. Please send us an email at support@authorspublish.com if you have any feedback or an additional listing to add.

Right now as long as a press/opportunity/journal is open to submissions we will continue to list it, so some of the content on the list is new, some overlaps from the previous month.

This article is a collaborative effort by S. Kalekar and Emily Harstone. In addition, if you are a writer that identifies as BIPOC, this resource is also a good one, and although it has not been updated in a year, some of the information in contains is still helpful. This resource from CLMP is also helpful, but could be more transparent in terms of both dates and fees. Some of the opportunities listed very much have a submission fee attached, which is not something Authors Publish covers.

Journals/Magazines

Hyphen Magazine
Their tagline is “Asian America Unabridged”, and their primary audience is Asian Americans in their 20s and mid 30s. They publish a wide range of work including but not limited to creative nonfiction, original fiction, original poetry, as well as articles pertaining to news, politics, and social justice. They pay $25 per published piece. They are only open to submissions by Asian Americans. They have detailed submission guidelines, please read them carefully.

Foglifter
Foglifter’s literary journal is a biannual print collection of  LGBTQ+ writing. They close to submissions on May 1st. They plan to distribute their Writers in Need fund between contributors.

A Coup of Owls
They publish “heartfelt fiction” and are only open to submissions from underrepresented creators. They close to submissions for this issue on April 30th. They are active on social media and they pay £5-15.

Breath & Shadow
Breath & Shadow only publishes work from people with disabilities. This is how they define disability: “We use the term “disability” broadly to encompass anyone with a physical, mental, emotional, cognitive, or sensory impairment that significantly affects one or more major life functions. ” They accept writing on any topic in terms of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and drama. Pieces do not have to be about disability. The academic or article type nonfiction, including profiles, interviews, and opinion pieces, do have to relate to disability in some way. They pay $20 for poetry and $30 for prose.

Honey Literary
Honey Literary is a BIPOC-focused literary journal / 501(c)(3) literary arts organization built by women of color and founded in 2020. They describe themselves by saying, “Our pillars are access, advocacy, and intersectionality. We encourage mentorship with and for emergent writers of color. Honey Literary is a space for BIPOC (Black/Indigenous/People of Color and any combination therein). We publish BIPOC women, non-binary and trans people,  disabled writers, and anyone of color from the LGBTQIAP2+ community. We crave the work of agitators, righteous disruptors, weirdos, and wild ones”. They publish work that falls into the following categories: Poetry, Essays, Hybrid, Comics, Animals, Interviews, Rants & Raves, Valentines, as well as Sex, Kink, and the Erotic. Their current reading period for issue 4 closes 1 May 2022.

They are currently open to submissions for their summer issue, which is focused on the theme of Rebirth. They only publish OwnVoices, which they define as “an author from a marginalized, persecuted, or underrepresented group writing about their own experiences/from their own perspective, rather than someone from an outside perspective writing as a character from an underrepresented group.” Submissions will be open till 10 May 2022.

Screen Door Review
They only publish work by individuals who are Southern and queer. You can learn more about how they define Southern here. They publish flash fiction and poetry.

The Black Explorer: Heritage
Their goal is to champion the Black travel community. They are currently seeking submissions Volume 4 – Heritage – which explores the places touched and influenced by Afro-descendants across time and history, focusing on the Caribbean and Latin America. They are only seeking submissions by Black writers and pay between £50 and £150 per piece. The deadline is 30 April 2022 for Volume 4.

Emergent Literary
An exciting new literary journal that accepts a wide range of submissions from Black and Brown authors.

the other side of hope
This is a journal of refugee and immigrant literature. Fiction and poetry are open to refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants only. They accept nonfiction, book reviews, and author interview submissions by everyone on the theme of migration. They publish one issue online, and one in print. Pay is £100 per published author in the print issue, and £50 per published author in the online issue, and £300 for cover art. Authors who are seeking asylum will receive a £100/£50 online gift card. The deadline is 31 May 2022.

Mizna: The Black SWANA Issue
They want work by Black SWANA writers only, for this issue. “The work itself does not have to be about the Black SWANA experience— rather, through the range of themes, forms, genres, and voices, we hope to assemble an issue that serves as a platform for critical exchange between authors and as a record of the current moment as it pertains to the Black SWANA experience.” They want poetry, visual poetry, fiction, flash fiction, nonfiction, creative nonfiction, comics, collage, invented forms, and any forms of mixed print or hybrid work. Pay is $200, and the deadline is 6 May 2022.

PrideSource: Pride pitches
The Editorial Director of PrideSource has Tweeted, “Pride season is upon us which means, LGBTQ+ writers, my inbox couldn’t be more open!! I’m very eager to read your pitches so send me your best, brightest ideas—anything from essays to reported news features to profiles (and beyond!)—and if they have a Michigan bent EVEN BETTER.” See the Twitter thread here and their pitch guide here. Pitches for this theme are open till end-April. They are also looking for Auto, Home, and Travel pitches.

Rough Cut Press: Dust
They publish work by LGBTQ+ artists – fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. They are open year-round, with cut-off dates for themed issues. They are reading submissions on the ‘Dust’ theme. According to their website, “We seek personal, lyrical, critical, and experimental work in under 650 words.” Pay is $25, and the deadline is 27 April 2022.

Strange Horizons: Southeast Asian special submissions call
This speculative fiction magazine wants nonfiction, fiction and poetry from Southeast Asian writers living in Southeast Asia as well as the Diaspora only, for this special issue. “Southeast Asia is an immense region with many cultures, traditions and mythologies. It has a rich history of trade and wars, migration and occupation. There are records of merchants from as far as Ancient Greece who have come to the region to ply their wares, and emperors from China have demanded tribute from subordinate kingdoms. From these encounters with distant empires come ideas, iconography, religions, and philosophies that have combined with local lores and sensibilities, giving rise to the glorious architecture of Angkor Wat, the outpouring of religious stories and texts like the Ramayana, the syncretic practices of Islam and Buddhism across the region. More recently, the horrors of the Japanese Occupation, the Khmer Rouge, and the Vietnam War have left an indelible imprint in the collective psyche and memory of Southeast Asian people, both within and beyond. The current political climate, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic, has created outcries in several countries.” Also, “We especially welcome writers who have never submitted to an international speculative fiction venue before.” Length guidelines are: 2,000-7,000 words for fiction; poetry of any length; 2,000-3,000 words for fiction. Pay is $0.10/word for fiction; $20-150 for nonfiction; $50 for poetry. The deadline is 30 April 2022. Details here (theme details) and here (general guidelines).

Fourteen Poems
This UK-based journal publishes LGBTQ+ poets only. Each issue publishes 14 queer poems. Send up to 5 poems. Pay is £25/poem. They publish thrice yearly, but take submissions throughout the year. The deadline for submissions for their next issue is 15 June 2022.

FIYAH: Food and Cuisine
This speculative fiction magazine only takes submissions by and about Black writers from Africa and the African Diaspora (see guidelines). They are reading for a Food and Cuisine themed issue. “Food. We spend large portions of our day buying, prepping, eating and cleaning up afterwards. It’s essential for life, yet more than fuel. …  It’s how we connect to our roots, passing on family recipes and tales from the kitchen table. Meals are how we innovate, whether it’s turning stale rice into pudding or veganizing traditional fare. Give us your tales of scents, sounds and flavors. Of contacting ancestors to answer the grits debate once and for all. Of cloning long extinct spices, cookbook grimoires, or assimilation plots through bland monotonous fare.” For nonfiction, they want queries only. Length guidelines are: 2,000-15,000 words for fiction; up to 1,000 words for poetry; 800-1,200 word for nonfiction. Pay is $0.08/word for fiction, $50 for poetry, $0.10/word for nonfiction. The deadline is 30 April 2022. They will open for submissions in June and July for the Hauntings & Horrors theme.
(FIYAH also has various grants for Black writers and editors of speculative fiction, the deadline for some grants is 15th May.)

The Last Girls Club: Sex Work is REAL work
Feminist horror magazine The Last Girls Club, which seeks work from the female gaze, wants fiction and poetry on the theme Sex Work is Real Work. The focus will not be erotica, but the historical disenfranchisement, persecution of sex workers, the lack of legal protections, and culture of exploitation. Pay is $0.01/word for fiction of up to 2,500 words, and $10 for poetry. Nonfiction columns have to be pitched. The deadline is 1 May 2022, or until filled.

Nonbinary Review: Person First in an Identity First World
They want fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and art on the theme, ‘Person First in an Identity First World’. “How are you labeled? “Disabled”? “On the spectrum”? “Nonbinary”? “POC”? “Marginalized”? How do you wish you were labeled? “Amazing cook”? “Proficient in 12 languages”? “Expert at Call of Cthulhu”? The need to label, classify, and pigeonhole human beings is as old as humans themselves, and always comes down to the same dichotomy: “us” and “them.” … We’re looking for poetry and stories of and by those who have been relegated to “them” status by virtue of a label that (validly) places them in a particular group. But we don’t want work related to how or why that group is special, invalid, irrelevant, etc. What we want is stories that explore the intersectionality of people in those groups. Nonbinary skydivers. Black equestrians. Wheelchair-using geocachers. Trans chefs. We want stories of and by people in othered communities, but we don’t want their label to be the story.” Length guidelines are: up to 3,000 words for prose; up to 3 pages for poetry. Pay is $0.01/word for prose; $10 for poetry; $25-50 for art.
Further details are here and here. The deadline for this theme is 30 April 2022.
(They’re also reading work for ‘In Motion’ theme, and the deadline for that is 31 July 2022, and for Random Access Memory – non-linear literature, submissions open year-round.)

khōréō
This is a magazine of speculative fiction and migration, and they accept work only from those who identify as an immigrant or member of a Diaspora in the broadest definitions of the terms (see guidelines). They are especially interested in writing and art that explores the impact of human or cultural migration, whether voluntary or forced, like themes of immigration, Diaspora, and anti-colonialism. They also accept art. Non-fiction is closed indefinitely. Pay is $0.08/word for fiction up to 5,000 words. The deadline is 30 April 2022.

Nightlight
This is a podcast for Black horror writers. They accept fiction, and reprints that have not previously appeared in radio format from Black writers. Length guidelines are: flash up to 3,000 words; short fiction of 3,000-10,000 words. Pay is $75 for flash fiction, $200 for short fiction, and $50 for reprints. They are open for submissions on even months from February to August; so their next reading periods are April, June, and August.

Fairy Tale Review: The Rainbow Issue
They want queer fairy tales written by queer writers for this issue. They want prose (fiction and nonfiction – up to 6,000 words), poetry (up to 4 poems), graphic novels, comics, drama, and artwork. Pay is $50, and the deadline is 30 June 2022.

Wordgathering
A journal of disability poetry and literature, that only publishes work by disabled writers. Submissions to their summer issue will close 15 May 2022.

LatinX Lit Audio Mag
LatinX Lit Mag is a safe space for literary work written by authors who identify as Latinx or Hispanic.

Split Lip Magazine
They favor interesting, literary narratives with a modern, pop culture appeal. They publish online monthly and in print annually – flash fiction, short stories, memoir, poetry, and art, as well as interviews and reviews (for interviews and reviews, query first via webform – see guidelines). Send up to 3,000 words for fiction, up to 2,000 words for memoir, or one poem. Pay is $50 for web contributions, $5/page for print, $25 for reviews and interviews. Fee-free submissions are sometimes closed earlier, if their Submittable cap is reached. Fee-free submissions for all writers are in May, August, September, and November. Fee-free submissions for Black writers are open till end-June.

Room Magazine
They publish fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry only “by folks of marginalized genders including, but not limited to, women (cisgender and transgender), transgender men, Two-Spirit, and nonbinary people.” Underrepresented writers are particularly encouraged to submit. They accept prose (fiction and nonfiction) up to 3,500 words, poetry (up to 5 poems), and art, paying CAD50/page up to CAD200. They’re reading work for an open issue, #45.4: “Send us your contemplative essays, dark poetry, strange fiction, purely wholesome content, and everything in-between.” They occasionally have themed submission calls which are fee-free, and contests which have some free entries. They accept pitches for reviews, as well. The deadline for their unthemed call is 30 April 2022. Details here (general submission guidelines) and here (open call details for issue #45.4).

beestung: Trans is the future, the future is Trans
beestung is an online micro-magazine from Sundress Publishing that is intended for non-binary and two-spirit writers and readers, with an emphasis on intracommunity sensibilities. They publish poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrids, and art, and pay $20. Their general submission guidelines are here. They’re reading submissions for a special issue, ‘Trans in the future, the future is Trans’, until 5 June 2022.

Midnight & Indigo
They publish work by Black women writers only. Their current open calls are for fiction, speculative fiction/horror, and nonfiction. They want character-driven fiction: “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.” For  speculative fiction, they want work that “includes, but is not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, superhero fiction, horror, utopian and dystopian fiction, fairytale fantasy, and supernatural fiction.” They also publish first-person POV narrative and personal essays: “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.” They do not publish poetry. They want a minimum of 1,500 words for fiction and minimum 1,200 words for nonfiction. Pay is $50 for short fiction published online, $100 for short fiction published in the print magazine, additional $125 if accepted for print anthology, and $50 for essays. The deadline for general fiction and creative nonfiction is 30 April 2022. For speculative fiction, the deadline is 30 July 2022. Book reviews focused on works by Black women authors are accepted year-round.

The Massachusetts Review: disabled and/or D/deaf artists call
The Massachusetts Review is seeking submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and hybrid work for a forthcoming issue focusing on publishing work by disabled and/or D/deaf artists. The guest editors are actively soliciting work from writers and poets “who identify as D/deaf, disabled, chronically ill, mentally ill, and/or neurodiverse”. Their general submission period is also open. Pay is $100 for general submissions, and $250 for Working Titles submissions, which are longer. Also, for general submissions, under the ‘What kinds of writing are you looking for?’ subhead, they say, “Submissions from authors who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color will be accepted year-round” – please see the guidelines for further details. The deadline is 1 June 2022 for the disabled and/or D/deaf artists call.

Snarl
This magazine publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions from creators of marginalized identities only: “We are looking for writers and artists who have been marginalized due to their race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, and/or disability. We seek to publish and promote queer writers, black writers, writers of color, trans writers, native writers, undocumented writers, disabled writers, impoverished, and incarcerated writers.” (See their FAQ section for details). Send up to 8,000 words of prose, or up to 5 poems. Pay is $25 for flash & micro, $50-$75 for longer prose; $15/poem, plus $5 per additional printed page.

Omenama Speculative Fiction Magazine: Positive Visions of Democracy
Omenama publishes speculative fiction by writers from Africa and the African Diaspora. As part of a global project, supported by the US-based National Democratic Institute, they are publishing stories about positive visions of democracy – please see their extensive guidelines on the theme. Some stories from this issue will be published in a special anthology later. They want stories of 1,000 to 5,000 words, and will pay $100 for stories. The deadline is 30 April 2022.

Future SF Digest
This speculative fiction magazine publishes only translated fiction, and fiction written by authors for whom English is not their first language and who reside outside of primarily English-speaking countries (US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland). They also accept nonfiction pitches. Send 500-10,000 words for fiction (under 5,000 words strongly preferred). Pay is $0.08/word for fiction (for translations, this is split between author and translator), and $0.01/word for nonfiction.

Haven Speculative
They publish speculative fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and translations; they are open for submissions from all writers, and for submissions by underrepresented writers, during alternate months. “Our submission cycle is … split into two categories, where every other month is explicitly reserved for submissions by authors of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and other underrepresented groups. The interposing six months remain open to everyone.” They publish two themed issues yearly on climate emergency. The Wet issue, published in September, focuses “on stories of water—monsoons and the rising tides, hurricanes and the disappearing coast”. The Dry issue, published in March, relates to “dry aspects of climate change—desertification and falling reservoirs, rising temperatures and endless droughts.” Stories by climate refugees are welcome. They have no deadlines specified for their themed issues. “To submit a story for the theme, make sure to mention in your cover letter how your submission relates to the theme and, if you’d like, how you’ve been personally affected by the crisis at hand.” For their four unthemed issues, they are open to a wide variety of stories across the SFF and weird spectra. Length guidelines are up to 6,000 words for fiction, up to 3,000 words for nonfiction, and poems of any length. Pay is $5-10 for poetry, and $0.01/word for prose. Windows for underrepresented writers are May, July, September, and November.

Presses/Contests/Anthologies

FSG Fellowship for writers of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry
This is an opportunity for a debut work (see guidelines) of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction by an emerging writer from an underrepresented community, who is a US resident or citizen. Writers have to submit work samples as part of the application: 8-12 pages for poetry, and 40-50 pages for prose. Work samples can include previously published work and need not be from a single selection of the work. The winner gets a stipend of $15,000 and mentorship. The opportunity is remote, and runs from September 2022 to August 2023. The deadline is 22 April 2022. Farrar, Straus & Giroux is part of Macmillan.

SA Writers College Short Story Competition: A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing
This is an annual short story contest, open to any writer residing in South Africa who is unpublished, or has been published fewer than four times (see guidelines). The theme is: A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing. Send stories up to 2,000 words. Prizes are: R10, 000; R5,000; R2,500. The deadline is 30 April 2022.

Bioluminescent: A Lunarpunk Anthology
This is a fiction and poetry anthology from Android Press. “Lunarpunk tells optimistic and hopeful stories about future societies led by genuinely diverse communities and powered by renewable energy, where nature and technology coexist in harmony rather than in conflict.” Also, “The main difference between (Solarpunk and Lunarpunk) is the aesthetics not the politics. … in many ways it can be thought of as a gothic take on solarpunk. … think of solarpunk and lunarpunk in terms of a dicotomy. If solarpunk is about bright colors, daylight and sun, science, community, etc… then lunarpunk is about darker colors, nighttime and moonlight, spirituality … introspection and more individual focus”. And “In addition to hopeful and optimistic stories with a lunarpunk aesthetic, we’re looking for stories that highlight the spiritual side of futures where society is more utopian.​”
Lunarpunk spirituality tends to focus on traditions such as paganism and wicca, but need not be limited to such. We’re particularly interested in (but also are not limited to) stories about utopian futures of non-western societies and spiritual traditions, written by authors whose families are from those cultures.​
We’re interested in narratives set against the backdrop of future societies led by historically marginalized communities and their community members, and how such communities that have solved, overcome, and/or adapted to climate change within a lunarpunk aesthetic. We’re looking for #ownvoices stories with characters who are demographically diverse (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, people with disabilities, different religions, geographical regions, etc) and how those identities shape their spirituality and their visions of the future.” They want 500-7,500 words for fiction, up to 5 poems; Pay is at least $0.08/word for fiction, $30 for poetry. The deadline is 30 April 2022.

CINTAS Foundation: Fellowship in Creative Writing
This is a creative writing fellowship of $20,000, for writers having Cuban citizenship or direct lineage (having a Cuban parent or grandparent). Applications can be in English or Spanish. Fellows who are not U.S. citizens and who are living abroad must provide a U.S. taxpayer identification number when they accept the fellowship to receive payment. The foundation also offers fellowships for other disciplines – architecture & design, music composition, and visual arts (click the ‘Fellowships’ tab on top of the page). The deadline is 1 May 2022.

Hawaii Speculative Short Story Anthology
This is a fiction anthology – fantasy, science fiction, horror, or any mixture thereof, taking place on the Hawaiian Islands. “Authors may not currently live in Hawaiʻi but must have some significant connection to the islands. Bonus points if your story draws from traditional folklore, but more bonus points if your story reflects authentic experience.” They want stories of 2,000-5,000 words, and pay $50. The deadline is 15 May 2022.

Bold Strokes Books
This established LGBTQ+ publisher started a BIPOC publishing initiative.  This is their commitment “If you are an author who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color, we welcome you to submit your manuscripts to Bold Strokes Books. We guarantee to publish every manuscript that meets our publishing criteria, subject to contract agreement. We guarantee we will publish these within twelve months of date of contract. In addition, we will choose ten additional manuscripts deemed publishable after revisions and provide a full manuscript critique. We will look favorably upon resubmission, although not required.”

Ghost Orchard Press: Rewired – An Anthology of Neurodiverse Horror
They are a small press seeking submissions for Rewired, an anthology of neurodiverse horror. They will pay $0.03/word for stories of 1,000-6,000 words, and will close to submissions on 30 April 2022.

Alternating Currents
A small publisher that charges a $6.99 submission fee for all authors except Black and Native American writers. Please note  that they close submissions when they reach their monthly Submittable submissions cap. Submit early in the month.

Lily
A small poetry press that publishes work of varying length. Submitting shorter work is free for everyone, but submitting poetry manuscripts is free only for poets who identify as Black. They are always open to these submissions.

Sourcebooks
We’ve reviewed Sourcebooks here, and their adult nonfiction imprint and their romance imprint are always open to all submissions, but they also deserve to be on this list because their fiction imprint, their mystery imprint, their  young adult imprint, and three of their children’s book imprints, all say “Our submissions are currently CLOSED to unagented projects, with the exception of works that directly promote diversity, equality and inclusion. For more information please email InclusiveFiction@Sourcebooks.com.” So if you have work that matches that description in those genres, please reach out to them.

Zero Street Fiction
A fiction imprint of the University of Nebraska Press, they “invite submissions of novels and short story collections, from LGBTQ+ authors new and established, that feature LGBTQ+ characters and/or themes. We are particularly interested in BIPOC authors, trans authors, and queer authors over 50.”

Forever
The romance imprint of Hachette Book Group and Grand Central Publishing is open to direct submissions from BIPOC-identifying authors.

Heartdrum
Heartdrum is an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books, which is edited by Cynthia Leitich Smith, and is in partnership with We Need Diverse Books. Native and First Nations writers and writer-illustrators are welcome to query her directly via a form on her website. Native and First Nations illustrators are also invited to reach out.

Scholastic Canada
They are open to direct submissions from Canadian authors or focusing on Canadian content, who are from underrepresented communities, including Black writers, Indigenous writers, writers of colour, writers with disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+ writers and writers who identify with other marginalized groups.

Angry Robot
A great science fiction publisher that only accepts direct submissions from Black authors.

Sovereign: An Anthology of Black Fantasy Fiction
This is a project by Pride, which runs the Aurealia Leo imprint. For their ‘Sovereign’ anthology, they want stories by Black writers only, from Africa and the African Diaspora. They want works from flash to novella-length. The sub-genres are: Heroic; Mythic; Flintlock; Gaslamp; Medieval; Religious; Weird West; Arcanepunk; High/Epic Fantasy; Sword and Soul/Planet; Noblebright/Nobledark; Fables/Fairytale Retellings. They also accept reprints. They will accept up to two submissions from writers – one original fiction, and one reprint. Length is 1,000-39,999 words, and they pay $0.08/word for the first 1,000 words, $0.01/word thereafter. The deadline is 16 July 2022, or until filled.
(They’re also reading for another anthology, and the call is open to all writers – From the Ashes: An Anthology of Elemental Urban Fantasy.)

Opportunities/Support

FIYAH Grants
These grants from FIYAH are for Black writers and editors of speculative fiction; they have a number of grants, of up to $1,000. Applications for the Rest, Craft, and Study grants close on 15 May 2022. (The magazine is also open for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry submissions for their Food & Cuisine issue until 30 April; they’ll open for the Hauntings & Horrors theme during June and July.)

The Irene Adler Prize
This is a scholarship of $1,000 for a woman pursuing a degree in journalism, creative writing, or literature at a recognized post-secondary institution in the US or Canada, and applicants must be citizens of either of these two countries. Applications include a 500-word essay on one of these three topics on the website.
–Which story from your life best illustrates why writing is important to you?
–If you could embark on an adventure anywhere in the world, what would it be?
–What is a mystery that you’d love to solve via your writing?
The deadline is 30 May 2022.

The Writing Barn Scholarship
The Writing Barn has a small but budding scholarship program available for our programming. Scholarships are awarded on the following criteria: seriousness of purpose, talent and financial need. They also offer specific Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity scholarships for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Neurodiverse writers, and writers with disabilities.

Emergency Fund for Diverse Creatives and Educators
WNDB provides emergency grants to diverse authors, illustrators, publishing professionals, and K-12 educators who are experiencing dire financial need. They aim to bolster these marginalized groups by giving grants between $500 and $1,000 each.

ECW’s BIPOC Writers Mentorship Program
This program is  part of ECW’s  “commitment to promote diverse and inclusive voices in books. The goal of this program is to find and nurture upcoming writers from BIPOC communities and equip them with tools and information to navigate the industry, submission process, and publishing process. The program is only open to writers who have never published a book and are currently living in Canada.” They have two admission deadlines a year: November 30 and May 31. They also have positions for freelance editors.


Emily Harstone is the author of many popular books, including The Authors Publish Guide to Manuscript SubmissionsSubmit, Publish, Repeat, and The 2021 Guide to Manuscript Publishers.

She regularly teaches three acclaimed courses on writing and publishing at The Writer’s Workshop at Authors Publish. You can follow her on Facebook here.

 

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