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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora open for submissions


Deadline: October 15, 2023

Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora will accept submissions for our next general issue from May 15, 2023 to October 15, 2023, via our online submission management system. 

Submissions via postal mail or email will be discarded without response. Before making a submission, please click on the tabs below to read our submission guidelines. To submit, use the Obsidian submission management system found at this link obsidian.submittable.com/submit.
  • Include a short cover letter noting the title(s) of the work(s) submitted and citing major publications and awards, as well as any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor.
  • Upload your text submission only as a Word (doc, docx), portable document format/PDF (pdf) or rich-text format (rtf) file.
    • NO Pages, txt, or Open Office Documents.
  • Typed, double-spaced pages (Note: Poetry may be single-spaced)
  • Numbered pages.
  • Scholarly papers should follow the Chicago Manual of Style for grammar and MLA format for citations and works cited, and the Obsidian Stylesheet (The style sheet is available to download as a pdf file here at this link : Obsidian Style Sheet. The link opens in a new page.
  • Margins should be set at no less than 1” and no greater than 1.5”.
  • Poetry: submit up to five (5) poems totaling no more than eight (8) pages.
  • Fiction, Hybrid genre: 12-point font. No more than twenty (20) pages or 5000 words (whichever is achieved first). Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained.
  • Drama/Performance: submit one act or a collection of short scenes no longer than twenty pages (20) following Samuel French or the Dramatists Guild suggested formatting. Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained.
  • Translations are welcome if permission has been granted.
  • Criticism/critical essays: we are not accepting any unsolicited essay manuscripts at this time. To submit a proposal, please contact the editor.

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