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.

Poetry and visual art submissions for our 2021 Spring/Summer issue will open on January 1, 2021 and close on February 28, 2021.

Submit three (3) to five (5) unpublished poems of any length in a single file. "Unpublished" is considered never appearing online (including all blogs; not including in video format).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 If only one of the pieces is being withdrawn, do not withdraw the entire submission unless that is what you intend.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 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.

Submit four (4) to six (6) unpublished pieces of visual art. "Unpublished" is considered never appearing online or in print publication.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.
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