Call for Submissions


Guest Editor: Bettina Judd

Auburn Avenue is seeking submissions related to the theme of GENDER for its next issue

to be published this fall. We are interested in writing that demonstrates the complexities of gender,

by people of color, in both form and content. Specifically, we are looking for experimental works, poetry, short fiction (including speculative and science fiction, flash fiction, and autofiction),

nonfiction (including essays, photo essays, and experimental forms) and multimedia. 


 We are seeking submissions that address, but are not limited to, the following:


Gender in the M4BL

Gender and abolition

Ungendering and racialization

Black and Indigenous genders

Gender and borders/border crossings

Gender in the Trap

Gendered and ungendered embodiments

The limits of gender and/in sexuality

Gender and (dis)ability

Gendered geographies and the U.S. South

Gender and Labor in the U.S. South

Beauty and gender




Please send submissions as attachments to with the genre and title of work in the subject heading. See below for details and acceptable file formats. Include your name, as it will appear if published, on all submission uploads along with any relevant titles or descriptions. In addition, please include a 2-3 sentence bio with your submission(s). Thank You.

Poetry Submissions

All types of poetry are accepted. Each poem should be formatted as it will appear if published. Up to three poems of any length may be submitted in a single submission. Files must be sent in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

Fiction Submissions

We accept short story submissions that must have a word count between 500-5,000 words. All short story submissions must be double-spaced in 12-pt. Arial or Times New Roman font. All necessary breaks or indentions should be included. A single, complete fiction submission requires 1 short story. Files must be sent in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format.

Non-Fiction Submissions

We accept essay submissions (personal commentary/op-ed, analytical, journalistic, and autobiographical) that have a word count between 600-2,500 words. All essay submissions must be double-spaced in 12-pt. Arial or Times New Roman font. All necessary breaks or indentions should be included. A single, complete non-fiction submission requires 1 essay.  Files must be sent in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format. 

Photography Submissions 

We also accept photo essay submissions. A single, complete photo essay submission requires at least 5 photographs that convey visual consistency or an identifiable theme. Any additional text accompanying photos is not to exceed 600 words. Any necessary breaks or indentions should be included. Photography submissions must be sent in .jpeg or .pdf format. 

Multimedia Submissions 

For this issue, we are also accepting multimedia submissions. Eligible submissions include:

- short films (narrative and documentary---not to exceed 50 minutes in length/running time),

- audio (speeches and poetry readings/spoken word---not to exceed 30 minutes in length/running time), and moving images (e.g. digital collages of original artwork). Trailers or previews for films are not eligible for submission. 


All multimedia submissions should include the title of the work(s), all names of the authors and contributing artists of the work(s), and a brief description of each submitted work. Multimedia submissions must be submitted in .mp3 or .m4a for audio and .mov, .avi, and .mp4 for video. Files with sizes that exceed 25MB can be accepted via Google Drive or Dropbox links.  

*We welcome and encourage submissions from: those of the African Diaspora, Latinx peoples, Asian peoples, women of color, LGBTQ people of color, natives/indigenous peoples, immigrants, refugees, those with disabilities, and those with intersectional identities.

*As of now, Auburn Avenue does not provide compensation for published submissions. 

We are currently working to provide compensation to contributors by the end of 2020.

*There is no limit on the number of submissions that can be made. 

*All submitted content must be original (as authored by the submitter), previously unpublished in any form, free of any copyright restrictions, and must not infringe upon the terms of any third party agreement(s). 


"A penchant for the past with a promise for the present."

Auburn Avenue is an Atlanta-based, 

biannual online publication showcasing

the intellectual and creative voices 

of people of color.

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