Decolonial Passage encourages emerging and established writers to submit to the magazine.  We accept writing from writers of all backgrounds engaged in the decolonial project regardless of race, origin, gender, disability, or geographical location.  Simultaneoulsy Decolonial Passage centers African, African-American, and Black Diaspora writing from the African continent, the Americas, Europe, and beyond.  Read our Mission Statement to get a fuller understanding of Decolonial Passage and how the magazine interprets the concept of passage as both text and movement across geographical space.


In addition to our rolling submissions, our first issue to be published June 2021 will focus on Migration and Movement. Send us your artwork, photography, or illustration that connects the decolonial project with topics such as migration, immigration, forced removal, the Middle Passage, the Great Migration, Windrush, The Wall, gentrification, etc. Submit a maximum of two pieces. See art guidelines below. Submissions will be accepted from April 12 to May 31, 2021.


We accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us that you are submitting with Decolonial Passage and with another publisher.  Also, please inform us immediately if your work has been accepted elsewhere.

All work must be your own.

We do not accept previously published work. 

For essays, creative nonfiction and flash fiction, submit one piece only.

Essays and creative nonfiction should be a maximum of 3000 words.

Short stories maximum 2500 words.

Flash fiction maximum 1000 words.

For poetry, writers may submit up to three poems during the months of Jan, March, May, July, Sept, or Nov. Poetry submissions will open again September 1, 2021.

Format – submit your work in MS Word or doc format. Use size 12 font, double-spaced, Times New Roman with one-inch margins. Please include your name on your manuscript.

Because we currently have rolling submissions, we ask that you submit only once every six months.

Our goal is to have a response to your submission no later than 3 months time.

Decolonial Passage is unable to compensate writers at this time but has the intention of functioning as a cooperative and being able to offer a modest compensation in the near future.

All submissions must include a cover letter and a short and current bio.

Decolonial Passage will nominate for the Pushcart, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net Prizes, as well as the PEN/Robert J. Dau Short Story Prize for Emerging Writers.


You (the writer) acknowledge that the work is your own and belongs to you.  Decolonial Passage may solicit your approval to make revisions in the interest of style and uniformity. Decolonial Passage retains first publishing rights on works published in print or online, the non-exclusive right to reproduce, display, and/or distribute the Submission as part of Decolonial Passage in electronic format, as well as the right to republish your work in a digital or print anthology.  Publishing rights revert to the author upon initial publication in the Decolonial Passage magazine. If the Submission contains material for which you do not hold copyright, any third party owned material is clearly identified and acknowledged within the text or content of the Submission. If your work has been accepted for publication after being published in Decolonial Passage, we simply ask that you credit Decolonial Passage as the original publisher.  Decolonial Passage may withdraw the offer for publication at any time.


At Decolonial Passage we are aware of the vast amount of artistic creativity happening here in the U.S., globally across the Black Diaspora, and within and across other communities as well. Decolonial Passage welcomes submissions from artists, photographers, and graphic designers that relate to the prose and poetry we publish.  Please read our Mission Statement.  We accept up to four high-resolution files containing your work, preferably in PNG or JPEG format, 800-1500 pixels wide.  If any of the work included in your submission is accepted elsewhere, please withdraw that work from your submission.