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Call for Subs from Black Women Artists and Writers

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

To honor the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, 805 Lit + Art will publish a special issue featuring art, poetry, and prose by black women. Black women activist were instrumental in the passage of the 19thamendment despite the racism they faced from fellow suffragists. A century later, black women are a political powerhouse as more and more black women are elected to national, state, and local offices, and black women voters roar as one of the most influential voting blocs in the US.

Just as black women faced discrimination for their right to vote, they endured—and still endure—discrimination for their writing. Black women writers are creating a tremendous amount of new work, but they are largely excluded from literary awards, publication, and jobs within the publishing industry. Help us celebrate the black women writers who will go on to shape the future of literature in the US and around the globe.

Submissions are open to all artists and writers (18+) who identify as black women and live anywhere in the world regardless of nationality. Submissions are open until May 31, 2020, 11:59pm at If we reach our Submittable cap before then, we will extend submissions into June. The issue is themeless, so while we welcome submissions on race, gender, identity, and suffrage, we also welcome submissions of any topic.

The issue will be published on August 5, 2020 to celebrate the 19th amendment as well as 805 Lit + Art’s 5th year of publication.

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