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The Amistad is Howard University’s premier student-run literary arts journal. Our mission is to elevate the creative voices of the Black diaspora through poetry, fiction, interviews, and visual art. We strive to publish strong up-and-coming talent in conjunction with established writers in order to speak directly to the Black community. Under Howard’s banner, we are continuing the legacy of great alumni, e.g. Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Amiri Baraka, Lucille Clifton, and Paul Laurence Dunbar, by publishing unique work that push the boundaries of craft and theme. This means we pride ourselves on being open to all writers and artists that speak directly to our continuing mission.
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The Amistad is seeking previously unpublished work that speaks to our mission statement. We encourage multiple submissions in different genres, and we are taking 12 pt, double-spaced and Times New Roman submissions of: • Poetry: 3-5 poems (no more than seven pages) • Fiction: 5,000 words, maximum • Flash Fiction: 1000 words • Essays: 2000 words • Visual Art: All art is welcomed, but it must be submitted as a JPEG, PNG, or PDF, with a title and an intro. Please submit no more than 5 pieces. In your subject line, please note the genre of your submission and your initials. If your work is accepted elsewhere (congratulations!), please let us know. Our reading period is December – February. All writers will be notified of their work by the end of March.
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