BSB BIPOC Publication Initiative and CFS

I hope you are all doing well. I’m checking in to share a couple of initiatives recently announced by my publisher, Bold Strokes Books, to provide opportunities for Black, Indigenous and People of Color writers.

First is a call for submissions for the short story anthology collection: In Our Words: Queer Stories from Black, Indigenous and People of Color Writers. Stories selected by Anne Shade and edited by Victoria Villaseñor.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: In Our Words: Queer Stories from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Writers
Story selection by Anne Shade
Edited by Victoria Villaseñor
Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
Publication Date: Spring 2021

As an LGBTQ+ publisher, Bold Strokes Books strives to ensure that our list of publications represents the cultures, backgrounds, and viewpoints of our world. We believe everyone should have access to write and read stories that reflect their lived experience.

If you are an author who identifies as Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color, we welcome you to submit your LGBTQ+ fiction short stories to In Our Words: Queer Stories from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Writers.

Deadline for Submission: August 1st, 2020

Guidelines for submission
Stories of any genre, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color protagonists preferred
Unpublished stories preferred
Word count: 2,500 – 6,000 words
Electronic submissions only to:
Email header: In Our Words_Author Name or Pseudonym_Title
MS Word document attachment (story)
E-mail body: story title, author legal name, pseudonym if any, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, if story previously published: anthology title/publisher/Pub date, 50 word bio

Story Format: Arial; 12 pt, Double-spaced; standard paragraphing; no HTML

General Info:

Submission receipt within 7 days; Submission decisions by November 2020

Multiple submissions (no more than 2) accepted

Payment: $100 and 2 contributor copies

Second, BSB has created a long-term publication initiative to encourage and support Black, Indigenous and People of Color authors in the submissions process:


Feel free to share this information on social media and among any writers groups, book clubs, newsletters etc where it would be appropriate.

You can find more information at BSB’s website:




  1. Thanks for sharing this information, Carson. Will books submitted by BIPOC and accepted for publication by BSB be published under a new BSB imprint, or under the traditional BSB imprint?


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