Since the results of the election I’ve been searching for actionable steps. We can’t can’t sustain a movement for a world where everyone is treated with dignity and love, solely with anger or fear or frustration. There are incredible lists of anti-bigotry organizations to support, (and please support them!) but here is another way you can get involved. Support literary magazines that support diverse voices.
Black Girl Magic. Speculative fiction by black women. Their mission:
Black Girl Magic Lit Mag is a literary magazine created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority voices and characters in speculative fiction, especially Black women’s voices. Black Girl Magic Lit Mag believes that by showcasing stories featuring Black female voices and characters we can create a reflection of ourselves in the literature that we love, in a world where our images are constantly controlled, shaped, and distorted by those outside of our experiences .
We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) QUILTBAG, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. Our mission is to increase visibility for diverse authors, specifically women of color, and empower a wide variety of readers in the process.
Polychrome Ink. Currently accepting fiction, poetry and essays for volume V, this biannual publication places diversity as its founding principle:
Here at Polychrome Ink, we believe that your cultural identity, who you’re attracted to, how you feel about your gender, your neurological configuration, and your physical ability are important factors. We seek to bring under-represented voices and narratives into the public eye by focusing on authors and poets who do not embody the majority of the publishing industry. In doing so, we hope to normalize diversity, rather than allowing it to remain marginalized.
“Crab Fat Magazine is founded on the principles of inclusive & diverse writing/publishing. This means we actively seek work from marginalized people. Please submit to us if you are a POC, a queer/trans person, a disabled person, a woman/femme/nonbinary person, a neurodivergent person, a trauma survivor, a nonreligious/atheist/pagan person, or any other person that is often underrepresented in media. We want to make space for you. We want to hear your voice.”
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Apogee. A bi-annual publication started by writers of color and international students at Columbia University’s creative writing program*, this journal publishes:
literature and art that engages with identity politics, including but not limited to: race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and intersectional identities. We are a biannual print publication featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Our goals are twofold: to publish fresh work that interrogates the status quo, and to provide a platform for underrepresented voices, prioritizing artists and writers of color.
Also, please take a look at the editorial: “Editor’s Toolkit for Resistance and Resilience” *Apogee is no longer affiliated with Columbia
We want writing that encompasses a variety of identities and experiences. When we choose to tell someone’s story, we are saying that their experiences are important to the masses, and worth reading about. Literary magazines and journals have been critiqued for privileging the stories of straight, cisgender, able-bodied, heterosexual white males. We seek to aid the typically undersupported and underrepresented by privileging works about marginalized and oppressed individuals.
For more literary magazines to support and submit to, The Fem has a whole list of feminist and inclusive publications that feature female authors, as well as female authors of color.
Thank you for staying strong and raising your voices!