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midnight and indigo literary journal for black writers

short stories. essays. melanin.

Launched in December 2018, midnight & indigo is a literary magazine dedicated to short stories and narrative essays by Black women writers. We exist to make a meaningful contribution to the Black literary tradition and provide a space to amplify and elevate our stories and voices in media. We publish content in print and digital formats.



The Editor

Ianna A. SmallFounder & Editor in Chief

Ianna is the founder of midnight & indigo Publishing and creator of midnight & indigo, a literary platform dedicated to short stories and narrative essays by Black women writers. m&i is her love letter to Black women like herself, who long to reach the pinnacle of their purpose. As the executive editor of midnight & indigo, she oversees editorial and creative direction for the digital and print platforms. A media marketing executive, Ms. Small also has 20+ years of experience developing partnerships, distribution, and content marketing initiatives for entertainment brands including BET, Disney Channel, ESPN, ABC, FX, VH1, MTV, HOT97, and more. 

An avid fan of Black and South Asian literature, British television, and all things Jesus + The Golden Girls + Michelle Obama + cultural food documentaries, she dreams of one day running midnight & indigo from a lounge chair overlooking the archipelagos of her happy place, Santorini.

Ms. Small is a proud graduate of Syracuse University and active member of ACES: The Society for Editing and the EFA (Editorial Freelancers Organization). She is a daughter to Nadia and mother of an amazing son, Jalen Anthony, who is simply: her reason.

Read more about why she started midnight & indigo HERE | Email her at editor@midnightandindigo.com