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Brown Sugar is a 17+ 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! See guidelines below!

We Are Currently Closed for Submissions!

...but if you'd like to prepare in the meantime, see our guidelines below!

Overall Guidelines

  • 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  • All materials must be original, unpublished content relating to or inspired by our issue's theme.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 femme-identifying person of color?  

Genre Specific Guidelines

​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 5-pages or 1,500 words.

  • Please submit in a Microsoft Word Document.

  • Garamond 12 pt. font

  • Double spaced with 1-inch margins. 

  • Pages must be numbered

Fountain Pen

Important Notes

  • 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.

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