Write for Us

midnight and indigo literary journal for black writers

We’re Currently Accepting Submissions for our
Spring 2021 issue!

Deadline: December 31, 2020


short stories. essays. melanin. Whether you’re an established writer or are just starting out, we want to hear from you!

midnight & indigo, a new literary magazine celebrating Black women writers, has issued a call for submissions to review short stories and narrative essays. We publish content on our digital platform and in our literary journals (paperback/ebook/audiobook). In 2021, we will publish our first long-form anthology!

Writers are invited to share their original, fictional, or personal stories. Stories can funny, entertaining, serious, or sincere. Stories must be character-driven and leave readers with something to think about. All genres are welcome!

How to Submit:

  • Format:  All submissions should follow proper manuscript format and Microsoft Word .doc format. We will not accept submissions that do not follow our guidelines. All stories must be submitted via Submittable — we will not accept stories via email. You may submit up to three stories at any time. Our average response time is 120 days.
  • Word length:  Short stories: min. 1,500 words. Narrative essays: min. 1,200 words
  • Please note:  Call for Submissions will be held on a rolling basis with deadlines four times per year: February 2nd, May 3rd, August 2nd, and December 31st. Submission does not guarantee that your work will be published. All submissions will be considered for our long-form anthology.
  • Genres: All genres and writing styles are welcome. It may be helpful to view our current short stories, essays, and literary journals to get a general sense of what we publish, but don’t be afraid to push the needle!
  • Compensation: We do pay for content. Information is available on our submissions site.


We ask for first North American serial rights on any story we publish. This means that the story should not have appeared anywhere else, either in print or online. (This includes publication on an author’s own website.). We accept first world eBook, print and audiobook rights, and non-exclusive anthology rights for our published anthologies. We also accept non-exclusive online rights to publish and archive your story on our website(s).

The author retains the sole, individual copyright on her contribution, and midnight & indigo retains the collective work copyright. You will be asked to agree to our contract as part of the submission process.




Available now, check out our current issue including short stories by 14 Black female writers; introducing characters that navigate between self-love and loss, new beginnings and inevitable endings, and a few things in between. Contributors include: Khaholi Bailey, Zakiah Baker, rebekah blake, K.B. Carle, Jeannine A. Cook, Cassandra Eddington, Johannah Fienburgh, Janyce Denise Glasper, Marissa Joy Leotaud, devorah major, Zuri H. Scrivens, Vanessa Taylor, Janelle M. Williams, and Akilah Wise.

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