Black Lives Matter | June 2020

To our readers,

The Vagabond City Lit staff stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and all those protesting against police brutaality and anti-Black violence. We condemn the police murders of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Tony McDade as well as the murder of Ahmaud Arbery and the many more Black lives ended by racist violence 

To support this ongoing movement, the Vagabond City Lit staff has donated $300 to Tru Art Speaks in St. Paul, MN, the Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund, and the National Bail Out Collective. We hope you consider donating to these organizations—or organizations, bail funds, and mutual aid funds in your own community—if you have the means. 

In lieu of a June issue, we’re publishing the below list of resources to support Black artists and writers as well as a list of resources for dismantling white supremacy in the literary world. The list will be updated regularly with new resources and opportunities. We will also continue to work hard to be a home for marginalized creators.

Resources for Black Writers and Artists


Collectives, Orgs, & Directories:

  • Black Trans Femmes in the Arts Collective — on Instagram and Twitter. You can donate to the BTFA Collective here.
  • Black Trans Media
  • Black Writers Collective. You can donate to the Black Writers Collective here.
  • DELORIS, a directory of BIPOC-creatives available for paid hire, and BIPOC-owned businesses seeking pro bono creative work.
  • Permission to Write, a free mentorship program for Black Writers. (They’re also seeking mentors!) 
  • The Writers’ Circle: A Podcast Experience, a space for Black and Brown writers looking to practice and share their craft while receiving constructive critique and feedback. Hosted by poet and artist Khaliah D. Pitts, The Writers’ Circle: A Podcast Experience brings together Black / Brown creatives to test their writing prowess with thoughtful and engaging prompts
  • You can find a list of even more literary organizations led by Black writers over at the Atlas Review. Thanks to Natalie Eilbert for compiling. 

Submission + Work Opportunities:

  • Penguin Random House is offering remote paid internships in one of their adult or children’s editorial departments. Apply by August 16, 2020. (Fall interns work for 14 hours per week for 8 weeks and are paid $20/hr) 
  • Name and None is accepting submissions from Black trans/non-binary/intersex creators until August 28, 2020 for its Black Trans Power issue.
  • The African American Policy Forum is hiring multiple remote positions, one of which is an Arts and Media Assistant. 
  • Civic Nation and When We All Vote are seeking a skilled graphic designer.
  • Poets & Writers is hiring a full-time Assistant Web Editor.
  • Black Girls Anime is accepting pitches until August 12, 2020.
  • The Gumbo is taking pitches from Black women writers for their September issue until August 7, 2020. No writing experience needed to pitch!
  • Broad Recognition, a feminist magazine at Yale, is looking for new writers and artists.
  • Catan Studio is looking for a Black artist interested in creating board game art/design (Salary/pay not listed).
  • Graydon House, a subsidiary of HarperCollins, is accepting unagented submissions by Black authors until September 8, 2020. 
  • The Hellebore is open for submissions (unpaid). On September 1, 2020 they will open for  applications to the Hellebore Poetry Scholarship Award.
  • Acentos Review, a quarterly literary and arts journal that promotes and publishes Latinx work, is open for submissions (unpaid)
  • The Paz Prize for Poetry recognizes a previously unpublished poetry book written in Spanish by a poet residing in the U.S. Submit by July 31, 2020. (Winning book will be published in a bilingual edition by Akashic Books, and its author will receive a $2,000 cash prize.)
  • Latinx Futurisms Anthology is open for submissions. The editors are also offering feedback to Black Latinx poets. The deadline was just extended indefinitely.
  • For a giant list of everywhere you can submit between June and August 2020, check out Entropy Mag.
  • For a crowd-sourced list of which outlets pays writers and their average rates, definitely visit Who Pays Writers.
  • Here’s a rad list of Black, Indigenous, and POC-owned design studios, many of which are hiring. 

Vagabond City Literary Journal

Founded in 2013, we are a literary journal dedicated to publishing outsider literature. We publish art, prose, reviews, and interviews from marginalized creators.