Shade Literary Arts is a literary organization focused on the empowerment and expansion of literature by queer writers of color. The Shade Journal seeks work that challenges forms and upsets the canon, while understanding literature's rigorous and traditional roots.

The reading period for our 2021 Fall/Winter Issue and Thee Space poetry prize is open from July 1 - August 31.

Please note: if you're applying for Thee Space, use the general poetry submissions.

Guidelines for each category can be found below.

Poetry

Submit three (3) to five (5) unpublished poems of any length in a single file. "Unpublished" is considered never appearing online (including all blogs; not including in video format). Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately through the submission manager if one or more of these poems has been accepted elsewhere. If only one of the pieces are being withdrawn, do not withdraw the entire submission unless that is what you intend.

Visual Art

Submit four (4) to six (6) unpublished pieces of visual art. "Unpublished" is considered never appearing in another online or print publication. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately through the submission manager if one or more of these poems has been accepted elsewhere. You can upload submissions in one (1) file or in six (6) different ones. If you want to withdraw any submissions, please do so through the submission manager.

About Thee Space Poetry Prize

​While many are working to radically transform the literary prize complex, we must also intentionally devote time & resources to our own communities & find ways to platform each other. With that, Dovesong and Shade Literary Arts presents: THEE SPACE, a poetry prize for Trans/GNC writers of color, judged by Xandria Phillips.

Guidelines for submitting to Thee Space are the exact same as our general submissions for the 2021 Fall/Winter Issue.

Please note: If you are submitting to the poetry prize, please use the same submission link as our general submissions. Within the application, we will ask if you're submitting to the poetry prize. By choosing "Yes, I am submitting to Thee Space," you will automatically be considered.

Xandria Phillips is a Whiting Award-winning poet, and visual artist from rural Ohio. The recipient of a LAMBDA Literary Award, and the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging writers, Xandria is the author of HULL(Nightboat Books 2019) and Reasons for Smoking, which won the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest judged by Claudia Rankine. They have received fellowships from Brown University, Callaloo, Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival, Oberlin College, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and are the 2021-2023 poetry fellow at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. Xandria’s poetry has appeared in Berlin Quarterly Review, BOMB Magazine, Crazyhorse, Poets.org, and Virginia Quarterly Review.

​These are the poetry submission guidelines for the 2021 Fall/Winter Issue and Thee Space poetry prize.


Please note: If you are submitting to the poetry prize, please use the same submission link as our general submissions. Within the application, we will ask if you're submitting to the poetry prize. By choosing "Yes, I am submitting to Thee Space," you will automatically be considered.

Submit three (3) to five (5) unpublished poems of any length in a single file. "Unpublished" is considered never appearing online (including all blogs; not including in video format). Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately through the submission manager if one or more of these poems has been accepted elsewhere. If only one of the pieces is being withdrawn, do not withdraw the entire submission unless that is what you intend.

  • Please allow up to three (3) months after the deadline for a response.
  • Please do not send multiple submissions within the same reading period. Multiple submissions will not be opened and discarded.


About Thee Space Poetry Prize

​​While many are working to radically transform the literary prize complex, we must also intentionally devote time & resources to our own communities & find ways to platform each other. With that, Dovesong and Shade Literary Arts presents: THEE SPACE, a poetry prize for Trans/GNC writers of color, judged by Xandria Phillips.

​Guidelines for submitting to Thee Space are the exact same as our general submissions for the 2021 Fall/Winter Issue.


​Xandria Phillips is a Whiting Award-winning poet, and visual artist from rural Ohio. The recipient of a LAMBDA Literary Award, and the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging writers, Xandria is the author of HULL (Nightboat Books 2019) and Reasons for Smoking, which won the 2016 Seattle Review Chapbook Contest judged by Claudia Rankine. They have received fellowships from Brown University, Callaloo, Cave Canem, The Conversation Literary Festival, Oberlin College, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and are the 2021-2023 poetry fellow at the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics. Xandria’s poetry has appeared in Berlin Quarterly Review, BOMB Magazine, Crazyhorse, Poets.org, and Virginia Quarterly Review.


If you have any questions or concerns about the guidelines, please email us at info@shadeliteraryarts.org.

For technical questions about Submittable, please visit help.submittable.com.

These are the art submission guidelines for the 2021 Fall/Winter Issue of The Shade Journal.


Submit four (4) to six (6) unpublished pieces of visual art. "Unpublished" is considered never appearing online or in print publication. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Please notify us immediately through the submission manager if one or more of these poems has been accepted elsewhere. You can upload submissions in one (1) file or in six (6) different ones. If you want to withdraw any submissions, please do so through the submission manager.

  • Please allow up to three (3) months for us to respond after the submission period has closed.
  • Please do not send multiple submissions within the same reading period. Multiple submissions will not be opened and discarded.


For questions about the guidelines, please email info@shadeliteraryarts.org.

For technical questions about Submittable, please visit help.submittable.com. 


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