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Black Magnolias Literary Journal



Black Magnolias is a literary journal that uses poetry, fiction, and essays to examine and celebrate the social, political, economic, and aesthetic accomplishments of African Americans with an emphasis on Afro-Mississippians and Afro-Southerners.

Past contributors include Jerry W. Ward, Reginald Martin, Ahmos Zu-Bolton, Kalamu ya Salaam, Ishmael Reed, Sherman Alexie, Anand Prahlad, Paula Gunn Allen, Anson Gonzalez, Gerald Vizenor, Rudolph Lewis, Simon Ortiz, Julius Thompson, Sterling Plump, Charlie Braxton, David Brian Williams, Jolivette Anderson, Kenneth Earl Stiggers, Sheree Renee Thomas, Howard Rambsy, Lenard D. Moore, James E. Cherry, Ronda Penrice, Marcus Uganda White, Waurene Roberson, Carlton Turner, and many others.

We are seeking an equal amount of essays, poetry, and fiction. For poetry and fiction we are seeking work that is driven by imagery or that shows rather than tells.

Our goal at Black Magnolias is to drown our readers with imagery. As for literary criticism, we welcome essays where the primary goal is to analyze a central issue or technique of a literary work, several works by one or several authors, or a literary movement that also addresses some aspect of Afro-Southern and Afro-American culture, including history, politics, education, incidents/events, social life, and literature. We also accept essays/critical analyses on literary works by white authors that have some significance or relevance to African American culture.

For example, we encourage essays about the works of William Faulkner, Tennessee Williams, Eudora Welty, and other white writers whose work discusses specific issues relating to the Afro-Mississippi or African American community. We would welcome an essay on John Grisham’s treatment of black local and national leadership in A Time to Kill. We welcome an essay about the issue of “Otherness” in Tennessee Williams’ work and the manner in which “White Otherness Relates to African American Otherness.” We welcome an essay about Eudora Welty’s treatment of Afro-Mississippians in her work.

We welcome essays that seek to discuss any differences between the aesthetics and theories of white Mississippi writers and black Mississippi writers. We want 3500-6500 word essays/critical analyses that examine both the literary and socio-political issues of literary works. This journal has been started so that Afro-Mississippians, Afro-Southerners, and African Americans will have more opportunities to be published as well as to highlight Afro-Mississippi, Afro-Southern, and African American culture and its contribution the world.

Along with literary submissions, we are seeking art for the covers of the journal. We are asking all artists who have created depictions or interpretations of African American or Afro-Mississippi life to submit their drawings. The only requirements are that the work must be in black and white and that the artist incorporates the image of a magnolia within the drawing. Be creative and surprise us. Check the front covers of the previous issues to better understand what we desire.


We accept subscriptions throughout the year. We want submissions from professional writers, hobby writers, university professors, students, and anyone who loves to read and write. All submissions are to be made by e-mail as a Word attachment to psychedeliclit@bellsouth.net. Send three to five poems totaling no more than ten pages. Short Stories and Essays should be between five and twenty single-spaced pages. All inquires are to be sent by e-mail also. Payment to all published authors and cover artists is one copy of the journal. Copyright of all work will remain with authors, and authors will sign a form giving Psychedelic Literature the right to publish your work in the particular issue.

When submitting, please include a 50 - 100 word bio and a permanent mailing address where you want your payment copy mailed. Each issue costs $12.00, and a year subscription is $40.00. International orders add $7.00 per issue or $28.00 for a year subscription. Payment for a single issue and a year subscription can be made at the above links.






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