Now more than ever is an important time to lift up marginalized and minority voices. Creativity is a powerful tool to reach others. As a call for change, some literary journals see the importance of uplifting minority writers. The following five literary journals are seeking submissions from BIPOC and LGBTQ writers. If you miss the submission deadline, you can always submit for the next issue!

Variety Pack

Variety Pack is compiling a special journal issue called Black Voices of Pride. The deadline for submissions is June 30.

At Variety Pack we know we can do more as a journal and we want to do more. In an effort to show solidarity with the amazing Black voices in the LGTBQIA+ Community. For the rest of June, we will be taking submissions exclusively from Black LGBTQIA+ creatives.

Mythic Picnic

Mythic Picnic is a journal that BIPOC can submit to that is based entirely on Twitter. For their next issue, they encourage writing and art from people of color. Submissions are open from July 7 to Aug 11. 

Screen Door Review

Screen Door Review is a southern literary magazine that solely publishes queer voices. Submissions are open all year round!

Based out of Birmingham, AL, Screen Door Review is a triannual online literary magazine that publishes poetry and flash fiction authored by individuals belonging to the southern queer (lgbtq+) community of the United States. The purpose of the magazine is to provide a platform of expression to those whose identities—at least in part—derive from the complicated relationship between queer person and place–specifically, queer person and the South. Through publication, we aim to, not only express, but also validate and give value to these voices, which are oftentimes overlooked, undermined, condemned, or silenced.

Black Lesbian Literary Collective

Black Lesbian Literary Collective runs a literary journal called Serendipity. They accept work from BIPOC and strongly encourage LGBTQ writers to submit. Submissions are open until June 30.

Serendipity seeks work that explores, celebrates, and interrogates all aspects of our identities; and work that delights and beguiles our readerly sensibilities. We will produce an online bi-annual publication, (Winter and Summer), and an annual print publication featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Our goal is to publish exciting work that amplifies marginalized voices, particularly that of same-gender loving women of color.

Into the Void Magazine

Into the Void Magazine is creating a journal issue called We Are Antifa. Most importantly, they will donate all of the proceeds to Black Lives Matter. Free submissions are open until July 1, later submissions are accepted.

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