Decolonial Passage Literary Journal

Decolonial Passage‘s aim is to capture African, Afro American and Black Diaspora writing from around the globe and strives to  “present each distinct piece of writing as a passage worthy of readers’ attention… and encourages emerging and established writers to submit to the magazine”. However, they want work from artists of ALL backgrounds engaged in the decolonial project regardless of race, origin, gender, disability, or geographical location.  In addition, Decolonial Passage also welcomes submissions from visual artists, photographers, and graphic designers that relate to the prose and poetry they publish.

In addition to rolling submissions, the first issue to be published June 2021 will focus on Migration and Movement. They seek unpublished essays, creative nonfiction, short stories, flash fiction, and poems that connect the decolonial project with topics such as migration, immigration, forced removal, the Middle Passage, the Great Migration, Windrush, The Wall, gentrification, etc. Writers may submit writing in more than one genre but may only submit piece of prose: one essay, short story, piece of creative nonfiction or flash fiction. It is recommended that you read their mission before submitting work.

Deadline: Submissions will be accepted from January 11 to March 31, 2021.

Entry Fee: None

Payment: While the journal can’t compensate writers at this time, they intend to function as a co-operative and work towards offering a modest honorarium.

Submission Highlights

No previously published work is accepted.

While simultaneous submissions are accepted, let them know you are submitting with Decolonial Passage and with another publisher.  Inform them immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

All work must be your own.

For essays, creative nonfiction and flash fiction, submit one (1) piece only. Poetry: up to three (3) poems are allowed.

Word count:

  • Essays and creative nonfiction should be preferably a maximum of 3000 words, but they will consider up to 5000 words.
  • Short stories maximum 2500 words.
  • Flash fiction maximum 1000 words.

Format – submit your work in MS Word or doc format. Use size 12 font, double-spaced, Times New Roman with one-inch margins. Please include your name on your manuscript via Submittable on the site.

Visual Art submissions: Four (4) high-resolution files containing your work, preferably in PNG or JPEG format, 800-1500 pixels wide.  If any of the work included in your submission is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw that work from your submission.

With the journal’s rolling submissions, they ask that you submit only once every six months and aim to respond within 3 months.

Rights: Decolonial Passage retains first publishing rights on works published in print or online, the non-exclusive right to reproduce, display, and/or distribute the Submission as part of Decolonial Passage in electronic format, as well as the right to republish your work in a digital or print anthology.  Publishing rights revert to the author upon initial publication in the Decolonial Passage magazine.

Editing: The journal may solicit your approval to make revisions in the interest of style and uniformity.

All submissions must include a cover letter (150 words max) and a short and current bio (100 words max and include social media links).

For FULL Submission guidelines, tap HERE.

The journal will nominate for the Pushcart, Best Small Fictions, Best of the Net Prizes and, PEN/ Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.

Contact & More Info:

More information about the Editorial Team – headed by Managing & Founding Editor Audrey Shipp – can be found on their masthead. Website: thedecolonialpassage.net | Facebook link HERE Twitter link HERE | Email: decolonialpassage[at]gmail[dot]com

Seawoman’s 2 Cents:

It’s unclear as to whether this is only to be an online only or both online and printed version.*UPDATE: with any queries you might have had before submitting, I’ve added the email above. They had reached out to me on Facebook with this opp in the first place and seem to be responsive. A worthwhile opp!


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