As part of our commitment to providing writers (and readers!) with the very best selection of publications, we’ve compiled this selection of exemplary journals that promote authors of color from all walks of life.
This list of diversity-oriented literary journals comes from our extensive database of markets for creative writers. At Writer’s Relief, we maintain a constantly updated database to identify the publications best-suited to our clients’ particular writing styles and content. This is just a sampling of the journals that feature writers of color (and are accepting submissions!); the list is not complete.
A Gathering of the Tribes: an arts and cultural organization dedicated to excellence in the arts from a diverse perspective.
Aaduna: provides a publication venue for artists of color.
Acentos Review: publishes poetry, fiction, memoir, interviews, translations, and artwork by emerging and established Latino/a writers and artists.
African American Review: the official publication of the Division on Black American Literature and Culture of the Modern Language Association.
African Voices: strives for artistic and literary excellence while showcasing the unique and diverse stories within the African Diaspora.
Apogee: specializes in art and literature dealing with issues of identity politics: race, gender, sexuality, class, and hyphenated identities.
Asian American Literary Review: a space for writers who consider the designation “Asian American” a fruitful starting point for artistic vision and community.
As/Us: showcases the creative literary expressions and scholarly work of both emerging and established women writers from around the world…particularly indigenous women and women of color.
Bamboo Ridge: publishes literature by and about Hawaii’s people.
Bilingual Review: focuses on the linguistics and literature of bilingualism and bilingual education. (U.S. Hispanic themes only.)
BLACKBERRY: A Magazine: devoted to sharing the literary voice of black women.
Black Magnolias: celebrates the social, political, and aesthetic accomplishments of African American poetry, fiction, and prose with an emphasis on Afro-Mississippians and Afro-Southerners.
Blue Lyra Review: aims to unite writers and artists from a diverse array of backgrounds.
Callaloo: the premier literary and cultural journal of the African Diaspora.
Cecile’s Writers’ Magazine: a literary magazine for “intercultural” writers.
Cha: focuses on Asian-themed creative work and work done by Asian writers and artists; the first Hong Kong-based English online literary journal.
Colere: publishes works dealing with the subjects of culture and race.
Duende: the all-online literary journal of the BFA in Writing program at Goddard College featuring writers and artists from groups that are underrepresented in today’s U.S. literary ecosystem.
Eastlit: focuses on creative writing specifically from or connected to East and Southeast Asia.
Festival Writer: aims to celebrate both established and emerging writers with a variety of voices, particularly interested in publishing that which is traditionally marginalized.
Glint Literary Journal: published by Fayetteville State University (a Historically Black University); welcomes submissions in poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, and visual art from persons of diverse cultures, nationalities, and religions.
Hinchas de Poesia: publishes the fiction, poetry, and prose of authors from “América” (North, Central, South).
Huizache: features works that challenge ethnic, gender, or social stereotypes of Latino/a culture.
Hyphen Magazine: explores cultural issues while tackling what is Asian American.
Jaggery: offers writing by and about South Asians and their diaspora.
joINT. Literary Magazine: publishes work from writers and visual artists across the African diaspora, who exist within the margins of gender, sex, religious, cis, able-bodied, and class privilege.
Kartika Review: publishes Asian Pacific Islander American fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art; sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center (APICC).
Killens Review of Arts and Letters: published by the Center for Black Literature; highlights work related to the various cultural, sociopolitical, and historical experiences of writers and artists from the African diaspora.
Kweli Journal: provides a platform for the voices of writers of color; celebrates cultural kinships.
Kyoto Journal: about society, beliefs, traditions and new developments—how people live, and live well—through the lens of Asian experience.
Lantern Review: aims to provide a virtual space in which to showcase Asian-American poetry and to engage with issues relevant to its production and dissemination.
LONTAR: speculative writing from and about Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand.
Mandala Journal: a multicultural journal that celebrates diversity by publishing a wide range of voices, experiences, and aesthetics.
The Margins: published by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop; dedicated to inventing the Asian American creative culture of tomorrow.
Mascara Literary Review: particularly interested in the work of contemporary migrant, Asian Australian and indigenous writers.
Munyori Literary Journal: Zimbabwean-American literary platform.
Muzzle Magazine: features poets from a diverse array of backgrounds, especially those from communities that are historically underrepresented in literary magazines.
Mizna: Arab-American themes that reflect the diversity of our community.
Moko: publishes fiction, poetry, visual arts, and nonfiction essays that reflect a Caribbean heritage or experience.
Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora: acknowledged by the National Endowment of the Arts as one of the premier journals dedicated to Africa and African Diaspora Literatures.
Palabra: presents the future of Chicano and Latino writing.
Papercuts: writers of South Asian origin and writing on South Asia.
pluck!: features poetry, prose, and visual art from writers who identify with multicultural experiences based in the Appalachian region.
Polychrome Ink: for writers who are, in one way or another, outside of the typical White Cishet writer.
Raising Mothers: for mothers, focuses on writers of color, gender non-conformists, LGBTQIA, and differently-abled communities. Their aim is to represent all walks of life and every stage of motherhood.
Raspa Magazine: queer literary magazine that focuses on the Latino perspective.
The Raven Chronicles: publishes work which reflects the cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest, Cascadia, and other regions.
Sinister Wisdom: a multicultural lesbian literary and art journal
Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices: writers of diverse nationalities, races and religions, and also writers from diverse cultures within our culture.
Spook: “founded and edited by people of color who seek out and publish specifically people of color.”—quote from Columbia Poetry Reviews
Sukoon: an Arab-themed, English language, online literary magazine reflecting the diversity and richness of the Arab world.
TAYO Literary Magazine: dedicated to the creation, cultivation, and promotion of Filipino/Filipino-American arts and culture.
Transition Magazine: a unique forum for the freshest, most compelling, most curious ideas about race; aims to be both an anchor of deep reflection on black life and a map charting new routes through the globalized world.
Tidal Basin Review: “a journal that is concerned with innovation, craft, and diversity as its mainstays.”—letter from the journal’s Editor-In-Chief.
Waxwing: promoting the tremendous cultural diversity of contemporary American literature, alongside international voices in translation.
Xavier Review: the oldest American literary journal based at a historically Black university. Special interests include the American South, New Orleans, the Gulf and Caribbean sphere, African-American culture, ethnography, and religion.
Yellow Medicine Review: encourages submissions from indigenous (defined by YMR as “representative of all pre-colonial peoples”) perspectives.
Zona de carga/Loading Zone: especially interested in works that explore, question, and invigorate the cultural tradition of Spanish America, Spain, Portuguese-speaking countries and the Caribbean, as well as their diasporas.