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Bronzeville Books

Bronzeville Books is currently closed to all submissions except Twisted Love. Individuals who submit to Bronzeville Bee may also submit to Twisted Love. The multiple submission policy does not apply to submissions to other platforms.

Bronzeville Bee Payment Information

Please note: Bronzeville Bee pays by check (U.S. only) or PayPal. Writers must confirm their country is able to receive PayPal payment prior to submission. See additional payment information at the bottom of this page.

Bronzeville Bee Fiction Submissions

STATUS: Open to All SuBMISSIONS

Submissions received after 8 AM EDT Monday August 12 through to September 11 were not read or processed. Only submissions from newsletter subscribers received September 12 to September 29 received were processed. Newsletter subscribers to Bronzeville Bulletin will always receive an exclusive submissions window. As of September 30 the Bee reopened for fiction submissions for all.

Pay for Fiction

We pay $0.05 U.S. per word for first Worldwide English publication rights for stories up to 3,000 words in length. We have no minimum length requirements for submissions; however, we will not consider submissions that exceed 3,150 words.

Genres

Preferred genres include crime, sci fi, fantasy, horror and YA.

More Information About Fiction Submissions

Please refer to the short stories that we have published to get some sense of our interests and refer to our writing and publishing articles and reflections pieces for insights into our editorial preferences.

For more stories, see contents.

Simultaneous and Multiple Submissions

Simultaneous submissions are allowed; however, we ask that you inform us immediately if you place your story elsewhere.

We no longer allow multiple submissions. This does not apply if you are submitting to different platforms. For example, a writer may submit a short story to the Bee and submit a different story to Twisted Love.

Writers who send multiple submissions will not have their work reviewed.

Resubmission Policy

Stories that are rejected cannot be resubmitted unless the author is invited to revise and resubmit.

Formatting Guidelines

Format your subject line as follows: Fiction Submission – Story Name – word count – genre

Example: Fiction Submission – ‘This is My Story’s Title’ – 2725 words – horror

Your story should be sent as an attached Word Document. We will not read PDFs, shared Google Doc files, RTF documents or any other type of document. Submissions that do not include an attached .doc or .docx file will not be processed.

The text in your story should be black.

The font should be a standard font, such as Times New Roman.

The text should be 12 pt or 14 pt.

The first line of every paragraph should either be flush left, with a blank line between paragraphs, or it should be indented half an inch using the format settings feature, not space-space-space-space-space or tab.

Do not underline text in your story. If text is intended to be in italics, put it in italics.

Refer to the guidelines found here for the information to present at the top of your story document.

Submissions that do not include the word count will be deprioritized for review.

Take time to study submission guidelines. Many publications use comparable guidelines; there is nothing unusual about ours, but we receive many submissions that have sloppy formatting (with some paragraphs indented and others not) and other abnormalities. Presentation matters. We’re paying pro rates per Duotrope guidelines; we expect writers to strive for professional presentation.

The best submissions include:

  • the story title in the subject line with the word count and genre
  • the words Bee Fiction Submission in the subject line
  • no more than a short introductory line or paragraph citing the word count and genre of the story — NOTE: multiple paragraph queries for short fiction will not be read. You do not need to tell us about the inspiration for the story, which authors inspire you, what size shoes you wear, or anything else.
  • again, the word count of the story in the email and/or subject line
  • the author’s bio (approx. 100 words written in third person)

Absolutely no adults having sex with minors or anyone having sex with animals. 

We will not publish works that appear to promote hate towards people based on their religion, race, gender or orientation. While we may publish a story about racism, or that has sexism or bigotry as a component, there’s a line between writing about something and endorsing it. When necessary, we will hire a sensitivity editor to review content.

“While we will consider stories that deal with sexual abuse, the acts should be alluded to but not detailed. We are not interested in publishing stories that would appeal to pedophiles or abusers.” – Sandra Ruttan

Email:

Sandra Ruttan: thebronzevillebee@gmail.com

Pro tip: If you aren’t sure you’re going to get the editor’s name right, address your email ‘Dear Editor’.

NOTE: Send one new submission per email. Do not reply to a rejection with a resubmission or new submission. Thank you.

Newsletter subscribers* receive advance notice about submission openings, with specific instructions to follow. Submissions will be checked against our subscriber emails and must include the password or they will not be process.

Those who have not subscribed to our newsletter can do so here and can access our newsletter archives through the subscription service’s website. Anyone who subscribes and follows the instructions here and in the newsletter is eligible to submit now.

Reprints

Check back for news about reprint submissions, opening soon.

Definition of reprint (Entry 2 of 2)a reproduction of printed matter: such as

Additionally, stories must not have been previously published online in any form, via website, blog, patreon, etc. Stories submitted to any Bronzeville anthology or the Bronzeville Bee that have been published elsewhere will not be considered as unpublished submissions. They must be submitted as reprints only, with a statement concerning the location of prior publication and date.

Again, any work that has been previously published in print or online is not eligible for consideration as an unpublished work. Note our payment terms are for first worldwide English rights. A work that has been published in any format has already assigned those rights and those rights cannot be resold.

Non-Fiction Submissions

Status: We are CLOSED to non-fiction Submissions at this time

Those who are interested in being a recurring contributor are encouraged to apply to thebronzevillebee@gmail.com and identify the area of focus they wish to write about and provide a bio and writing sample. State Non-Fiction Applicant in the subject line. Applications will be kept on file pending openings suited to the individual’s area of interest.

Our content emphasis includes book reviews by diverse authors, music reviews focusing on diverse artists, and coverage of movies/television, video games, plays, magazines, graphic novels, etc.

We also publish hot topics, typically related to cultural or artistic issues. And we will publish articles related to publishing, including explorations of genre, writing tropes, and current issues that fit our mandate.

As much as possible, when appropriate, we prioritize diverse writers speaking from their perspective and experience. See note below for more information about opportunities for all writers.

Examples

The best way to understand what a publication is looking for is to read it, but that doesn’t always convey the whole picture.

Why did we publish The Irrational Woman in the Age of Reason? First, it’s an in-depth look at Love in Excess by Eliza Haywood. Second, it’s an insightful piece that looks at how women have been treated (or perhaps I should say mistreated) throughout the centuries.

Why did we publish The Puzzle Smothers A Montreal Refuge? Many dismiss refugees as freeloaders who erode society. Ray’s look at life commuting to a physically grueling, low-paying job counters so many stereotypes. Instead of living off of assistance, choosing to work hard. Working to learn the language.

Why did we publish A Headdress Where It Doesn’t Belong? Cultural appropriation is a hot topic in publishing and society at large. Gitz gives us an Indigenous person’s perspective, as well as insights about why it is offensive for people to appropriate Indigenous culture.

Why did we publish Bury Your Trope, Not Your Gays? Queer writer Laila Winters looks at how harmful the trope of killing gay characters is to the LGBTQ+ community, and society at large.

Why did we publish An Ode To The Radiant Black Woman I Saw On The Train? We love Mel Vee X’s inspiring and insightful poetry. Mel speaks to issues of race, gender and orientation in her words and they are powerful.

There are a lot of other great pieces we’ve published. We look at representation, at works in fiction that feature characters of diverse groups, of the relationship between music and culture.

The most important thing is that people bring us fresh perspectives, and when appropriate they speak with authenticity and authority. (I wouldn’t publish an article like Headdress that wasn’t written by an Indigenous person.)

There’s lot of talk about diversity in publishing. We support increasing the number of diverse reviewers and commentators and expanding opportunities for diverse artists and professionals in all segments of publishing.

We will not publish works that appear to promote hate against people based on their religion, race, gender, orientation.

Regular and Recurring Contributors

  • Laura Diaz de Arce
  • Gitz Crazyboy
  • Margaret Kingsbury
  • Chris La Tray
  • Ivonne Spinoza
  • Laila Winters

Applying for Recurring Writer Opnings

Interested parties should submit a resume with samples of their work and state the diverse group/topic they are interested in focusing on. Include:

  • your bio, including your country of residence or diverse group you belong to if applicable
  • 1-2 links to written content you have produced that’s online, if available

Email Sandra Ruttan: thebronzevillebee@gmail.com

Address emails to Sandra Ruttan or Dear Editor. See pro tip above in the fiction section.

‘Diverse’ Groups

Diverse groups could refer to race (Black, Asian, Hispanic, Indigenous), to sexual orientation, or to regional culture. For example, an Appalachian writer who proposes an article featuring Appalachian authors or music would be given as much consideration as any other pitch. While we prefer to have an #OwnVoices approach to non-fiction, we will consider articles by experienced writers of all ethnicities on a case by case basis.

Pay for Non-Fiction

10 cents U.S. per word for articles with length set at contract.

Payment is made by check (U.S. only) or PayPal.

Confirming Publication

A pitch needs to be approved and authorized with signed paperwork from both parties to be confirmed for publication. Edits must also be returned within seven (7) days of being received in order to hold a scheduled publication date. Without paperwork and edits returned on time, plans to publish a non-fiction piece may be terminated.

Content We Publish

Please read some of our feature pieces to get a sense of what we publish: arts, culture & entertainment pieces.

Questions

Questions and submissions should be directed to Sandra Ruttan: thebronzevillebee@gmail.com

Please reference Bronzeville Bee Pitch or Question in the subject line of your email.

Paypal Payment Requirements For Fiction and Non-Fiction Payments

Your Paypal account must be registered in your legal name and set up for the country that you reside in.

Your Paypal account must also be verified.

We have added these requirements to ensure that we do all we can to ensure writers are paid on time. When writers do not supply us with the required information, we are not responsible for a delay in payment.

If we receive a message stating that a payment has not transmitted because the account holder is not verified, we are not responsible for a delay in payment.

We will not deposit to a different person’s account for your services.

All writers are required to fill out the invoice form at the time of contract offer. Failure to provide appropriate data at that time may result in termination of contract; in the event that we learn of issues later it may impact subsequent contract opportunities.

Bronzeville will make one payment attempt in the appropriate pay period using the data provided by the writer. In the event that the data is insufficient to complete the transaction or incorrect or the account is unverified the writer may be required to wait until the next pay period to receive their payment.