Write for us!
As winter rolls around, it’s time to celebrate (and protect) the skin that you are in. We welcome submissions on beauty routines and products, hair struggles and victories, loving the body that you are in or the challenge in doing so. This is the perfect time to pitch us about colorism, weight discrimination, beauty standards or any other physical presentation that society uses to make you feel like an “other”. Poetry: As usual, poems relating to the theme are welcome.
Here's what we're looking for:
Mental Health & Inspiration
The Mind Section seeks stories that illuminate pathways toward better mental health. Mental health personal essays, features on individuals and organizations involving women of color in the mental health field, mental health perspectives on pop culture and current events as well as tips for inspired living are welcome.
Soul + Spirit
The Spirit Section seeks engaging stories that cover meditation, mindfulness, religion, and spirituality. Personal stories are welcome as well as instructional pieces, listicles, and features.
The Reflections Section seeks personal, transparent essays about identity, life experiences, growth, healing, self-love, reclaiming life, and finding inspiration.
The Natural Beauty Section seeks tips and tricks to help women of color enhance their radiance with natural ingredients and non toxic green brands. This section also highlights women of color who are doing innovative things in the healthy beauty world with nourishing, responsibly-made, natural ingredients.
How to Submit
Send pitches or completed pieces to Submissions@Spokenblackgirl.com. We also accept art, illustrations, and photography. Please include the name of the section you wish to contribute to in the email subject.
Now Accepting Poetry Submissions!
What kind of work is SBG Poetry looking for?
SBG Poetry seeks works that express the breadth of being a woman of color in this world. Topics can include mental health, self-care, body awareness, hair, beauty, race, gender, sexuality, family, spirituality, health & healing, inspiring stories and tributes, unusual experiences, etc. Poems can be narrative, experimental, prose poetry, video poems, and visual poetry as well. Surprise us with your insight, your creative vision, your skill with language. Also, we are willing to work with emerging writers to polish their pieces and get it ready for publishing.
Does SBG Poetry accept previously published material?
Yes, we accept previously published poetry. Poetry published by emerging writers on personal websites/blogs, or in small journals will receive special consideration. Please let us know where and when a piece has been previously published.
How do I submit?
Please submit 1-5 poems to email@example.com in either a single Word (.doc or .docx) or PDF (.pdf) file (limit of 10 pages), a JPEG/JPG/PNG for visual poetry, or a Youtube/Vimeo link for video poetry. Include a separate file with a cover letter with your contact info and a short bio.
When can I submit?
Submissions are year-round, but please do not send multiple submissions. Please wait for a response to your submissions before sending us new work. Depending on the volume of submissions, response time for your submission can be from 1 to 3 months. Please be patient; it take times to make sure each piece receives a good read and to work with each poet on their piece.