Lit Mag Submissions!

Brown Sugar is a womanist* (feminist of color) literary magazine. We are for femme-identifying persons of color. We are for misrepresented and unrepresented multicultural races, sexualities, religions, and identities.

We accept various forms of content that capture the BIPOC experience—the womanist and intersectional perspective. Give us all of your art, poetry, fiction, and more, with the exception of work based on Covid-19.

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Submit to Our Spring Issue!

An issue celebrating the things we can't get enough of and venting about the things we wish we could let go. Send us stories, poems, and art that surrounds the idea of time, repetition, history, the things we hold on to, and the things we let go—time after time, again and again.

For ALL Submissions...

  • Please send all solicited and unsolicited submissions to All submissions received elsewhere will be invalid. 

  • All materials must be original, unpublished content relating to or inspired by our zine's theme. We do not accept work previously published in other literary magazines. Upon submitting, please notify us if your work is being considered for other publishers/literary magazines. 

  • We accept multiple submissions, however, we only accept up to 5 submissions per person. Please submit each genre separately, but it can only total to 5 submissions.​​

  • In your email, please include the following details:

    • Your Name​

    • Title of Submission(s)

    • Brief 1-2 line of how your submission connects to our theme

    • Your pronouns

    • Vibe Check! Are you a person of color?  

And For Specific Genre...

IMPORTANT Terms of Submissions

  • Please allow us 1-2 weeks after we close for submissions for a response from us on your submission.

  • The submitter has rights to their work throughout the entire process with Brown Sugar. However, we do request credits for original publishing. We do not accept work accepted or published elsewhere. 

  • We reserve the right to edit, and to pull from projects that we find no longer fitting during or after the editing process. 

  • We currently are unable to compensate our writers due to funding. Brown Sugar runs on volunteers and the free will of our editors. Any donations for printing purposes would be helpful and greatly appreciated. Contributors will receive a free PDF copy of the issue or zine they are featured in.