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FIYAH Literary Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction

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This is Science Fiction’s new Golden Age. That is what they would have you believe. Short fiction markets are better than ever before, exploring ideas of equality, gender, sexuality, neurodivergence, disability, and most of all what it means to be human. It really is science fiction’s new Golden Age. If you’re white. What does it mean to be Black and look at intersectional issues of equality through the lens of science fiction and fantasy? Where are those stories in the canon? There is Black excellence out there waiting to be discovered and not tokenized. Octavia Butler is our past and she is an amazing ancestor, but she should not be our only storyteller. This is the future of Black SFF. FIYAH rises from the ashes of the Black literary tradition started by Fire!! in 1926. We aren’t here for respectability. We’re here to ask what it means to be Black and extraordinary. We are a place to showcase your stories and grow your career. Part literary incubator, part middle-finger to the establishment, we know you have stories to tell, and we are here for it. We want to spill tea and throw shade in the most delightful way. We are intersectional and welcome our disabled, LGBTQIA, and neurodivergent brothers and sisters. Don’t hesitate to send us your stories. Don’t self reject. So give us your Black elves, your Black space captains, your Black heretics standing against prophecies and insurmountable odds. Send us your Black wizards and Black gods, your Black sergeants fighting on alien planets. Give us all of your horror, SFF, and relevant subgenres. Because the future of genre is now. And the future ain’t going to write itself.

Limited Demographic: Submissions are restricted to "Black people of the African Diaspora."

Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2016

Publication Medium & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Dates:

Will be open to submissions from 01 June 2024* (approx. 3 days from now) through 31 July 2024. 0

Audience:

Blacks/People with African origins, All genders, All sexual identities.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Lengths:
Short Story Short Story2,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 15,000 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.

Topics:

Other (May vary).

Theme:
ThemeDeadlineTrack
Spacefaring Aunties31 Jul 2024*1
Payment:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: USD $0.08/word.

Submissions:

Method: Online form.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are NOT allowed.
Media: Text.


Nonfiction Temp Closed

Query first

Dates:

Will be open to submissions from 01 June 2024* (approx. 3 days from now) through 31 July 2024. 0

Audience:

Blacks/People with African origins, All genders, All sexual identities.

Lengths:
Essay Essay800 - 1,200 words.
Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Mainstream.

Topics:

Folklore/Mythology (Cultural folklore, See guidelines), Literature/Books (See guidelines), Other (See guidelines).

Theme:
ThemeDeadlineTrack
Spacefaring Aunties31 Jul 2024*0
Payment:

Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Professional payment. Details: USD $0.10/word.

Submissions:

Method: Online form.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are NOT allowed.
Media: Text.


Poetry Temp Closed

Dates:

Will be open to submissions from 01 June 2024* (approx. 3 days from now) through 31 July 2024. 0

Audience:

Blacks/People with African origins, All genders, All sexual identities.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
Fantasy FantasyOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Horror HorrorOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Science Fiction Science FictionOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Lengths:
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 4 pieces.
Poetry Forms:

Open to all/most Forms.

Styles:

Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream.

Topics:

Other (May vary).

Theme:
ThemeDeadlineTrack
Spacefaring Aunties31 Jul 2024*0
Payment:

Professional payment (US$50 or more per poem) Professional payment. Details: USD $50.

Submissions:

Method: Online form.
Reprints: Reprints are NOT allowed.
Simultaneous submissions: Simultaneous submissions are NOT allowed.
Media: Text.


Visual Art DNQ

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FIYAH Submission Statistics — Free Preview!

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AccuracyWe have received 6 reports from 6 different members within the past 12 months. The more responses reported, the more accurate the information.
Days Reported29 min | 64.0 mean avg | 76.0 median | 88 max days (25.0 std dev)

Other Information

The editors will try to make a decision within 45 days. (66.7 % of the responses reported to us for this listing have taken longer than 45 days.)
Do not query on the status of your submission before 45 days have passed.
Most recent response reported was received on 26 Feb 2024.
Responses have been received for submissions sent as recently as 09 Dec 2023.

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Dates

Last Updated: 07 May 2024
Last Audited: 11 Mar 2024. (We audit each active listing twice a year. Learn more at link.)
Date Added: 15 Oct 2016

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