Call for Submissions: Resurrecting the “Niggerati” and Wallace Thurman’s Fire

Call for Papers
Fire: The Second Edition (Title in progress pending copyright) 
Catherine C. Saunders: Editor

In honor of the 92nd year since the first and only issue of Fire: Devoted to the Younger Negro Artist, this upcoming project seeks to pay homage to writer and editor Wallace Thurman and the black creative in producing a second edition to this publication.

This call for papers requests short pieces—plays (one act preferred, three acts maximum), short stories, poems, cultural critiques, essays,

Short Stories: 1000-1500 words
Plays: (one acts plays preferred) from 1000-3500 words
Poems: No more than 500 words
Reviews/Essays:1000 words
Artists: Two to Three illustrations with one sentence (maximum) caption.

Possible themes include, but are not limited to: Colorism, Black Love, Classism/ Black “Hierarchy,” inequity, African folklore, black literacy, black uprising/revolutionary, assimilation, beauty, education, gender, non-romantic black relationships etc

We ask that the contributions be your own work, and offer some insight into black life.

Though this publication will accept essays, a preference will be shown for illustrations, short stories, plays, and poems.

The editor seeks thinkers/writers enthusiastic about engaging the many dimensions of black culture and serious about extinguishing anti-blackness.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2018.
First round of edits will be processed by late May, with revisions due June 30th.
Final Edits will be due August 1st

In the spirit of the original publication, this project is funded entirely by the editor and is not aligned with any institution. The final publication will be in both print and online and will not be for sale.

Please include in your submission and a 150 word profile/bio, and a quote that summarizes your relationship/perception of blackness to on or before May 15, 2018.

I look forward to casting a collective contribution toward uplifting the black community.

Please share with any and all interested parties!

Black Power ❤


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