Literary Magazine

Submission Guidelines

Check out our debut issue 

Metamorphosis

Brown Sugar is a womanist* (feminist of color) literary magazine. We are here for the healing of womyn, womxn, and women of color. We are for misrepresented and unrepresented multicultural races, sexualitiesreligions, 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. This is a time of hardship, loss, and uncertainty, so while we accept those themes, we would like to respect our readers and release content that strays away from the topic of the pandemic.  17+

*Please note that our Winter/Summer literary zines are between each full issue, and they are open to non femme-identifying persons of color.

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Guidelines for All Submissions

*We strongly suggest following all guidelines upon submitting. Submissions that follow short may not be considered. 

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

  • All materials must be original content, and unpublished. 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.

  • In the subject line of your email, please state your Name and the Genre of your submission.  (Ex. Ashley Imanë, Fiction)

  • Please provide the following information in the body of your email:

    • Title(s) of Submission(s)

    • Brief 1-2 line description of submission(s). (Let us know which themes of love you have chosen for each piece!)

    • Your pronouns.

    • A brief bio, we would love to know if you are a new or experienced creative. 

  • Feel free to reach out if you have any questions! 

Specific Guidelines for the Literary Magazine

Prose:

Fiction

We accept genre and literary fiction, including short stories, excerpts, and flashfiction. 

  • There is no specific word limit for Fiction submissions, but we will not consider work that exceeds 10-pages or 2,500 words.

  • Please submit in a Microsoft Word Document.

  • Garamond 12 pt. font

  • Double spaced with 1-inch margins. 

  • Pages must be numbered

Prose:

Nonfiction

We accept nonfiction, including memoirs, creative essays, book reviews, listicles, and articles.

  • There is no specific word limit for memoirs, but we will not consider work that exceeds 10-pages or 2,500 words.

  • Creative essays, book reviews, and articles must not exceed 1,500 words.

  • Please follow the Chicago Manual of Style. 

  • Include citations/bibliography for all quotations and facts.

  • Please submit in a Microsoft Word Document.

  • Garamond 12 pt. font

  • Double spaced with 1-inch margins. 

  • Pages must be numbered

Poetry

We accept all poetry forms.

  • You may submit up to 5 poetry pieces.

  • There is no specific word limit for Poetry submissions, but we will not consider work that exceeds 5 pages total.

  • Please submit in a Microsoft Word Document.

  • Garamond 12 pt. font

  • Single spaced with 1-inch margins. 

Art

We accept most forms of art, so long as it can be photographed for print. We accept visual and graphic art, photography, sketches, line art, doodles, and comics/ graphic novels

  • Please submit visual work in ONE of the following forms: JPEG, PDF, or PNG

  • You can submit up to five images as attachments in your submission email.

  • Comics/Graphic Novels must not exceed 10 pages. 

  • Comic/Graphic Novel pages must be numbered.

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 elsewhere 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.