Thursday, August 16, 2012

Re-Opens for Submissions in September: Kweli Journal (literary journal for/ by people of color)

Post date: Thursday, August 16, 2012
Deadline: 1 April 2013

Kweli celebrates cultural kinships and the role of the literary imagination. In this shared space, you will hear the lived experience of people of color. Our many stories. Our shared histories. Our creative play with language. Here our memories are wrapped inside the music of the Muscogee, the blues songs of the South, the clipped patois of the Caribbean. Here in Spanish, Zulu, Tagalog, a useful past is lying down next to an ailing present. Our prose, poetry and visual art are full of vitamins and vernacular. Listen. Grow. Lift.

Kweli is organized under a managing editor and five contributing editors. As a group, we bring a few things to the editorial table: a dynamic sense of world views, challenging opinions, diverse professional backgrounds and a unifying passion for the written word. We promise to bring a unique perspective to the selection process. We invite you to make Kweli Journal your home.

Kweli recently transitioned from a biannual publication to a monthly. We seek high quality literary work that is beautiful and sustaining, profound and powerful.


Kweli Journal accepts online submissions from September 1 through April 1. Submissions received outside this reading period will remain unread.

Recent issues of Kweli have featured the work of Jennine CapĆ³ Crucet and Amaud Jamaul Johnson. Upcoming issues of the journal will feature Camille Dungy, Aaron Michael Morales and Neela Vaswani.

Submit your work at any time during our reading period; if a manuscript is not timely for one issue, it will be considered for another.

For prose submissions, submit one (1) short story or one (1) self-contained novel excerpt or creative non-fiction piece of no more than 7,000 words in one single file in doc., rtf, or .pdf format.

For poetry submissions, submit up to three poems totaling no more than 6 pages in one single file in doc., rtf, or .pdf format.

Kweli does not accept previously published work.

Simultaneous submissions are acceptable as long as they are indicated as such. Authors must immediately notify the editors if said work has been selected for publication in another periodical, either in print or online. Contact

Payment is after publication.

All published work will be archived online.

Check here by September for their 2013 issue themes (if any).


For queries:

For submissions: via submittable