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Many writers are not following the submission guidelines. You may not have your submission processed or receive notice from us if you do not follow the guidelines. The automated reply is set up to advise writers of critical changes and information to ensure that their submission is processed.

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Bronzeville Books

Bronzeville Books is currently closed to all submissions, except Latinx Screams anthology submissions. Details here.

Bronzeville Books Anthology Submission Call

Bronzeville Books is now accepting submissions from Latinx and AfroLatinx writers for Latinx Screams, an #OwnVoices Latinx horror anthology with a twist, to be co-edited by V. Castro and Brian Lindenmuth — more details here.

Submission Status: OPEN

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: CLOSED to submissions

Submissions received After 8 AM EDT Monday August 12 will not be read or considered.

Be among the first to find out when we reopen: information is available here. When we reopen we will cap the number of submissions. This means we will close again once that number has been met. Advance notice will ensure you do not miss a submission window. Next submission window: September.

At this time, the Bronzeville Bee is closed to short fiction submissions. 

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 as of July 10, 2019.

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.

**We are not currently considering reprints.

Reprints:

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, etc.

Any work that has been previously published in print or online is not eligible for consideration. 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.

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.

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

Pro tip: DO NOT unload your catalogue of unpublished works on a market. If the reason for your rejection is based on technical writing issues you have lost your opportunity to learn, grow, fix a different story and submit it.

Resubmission Policy

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

Formatting Guidelines

  • Please use the formatting guidelines found here
  • Do not underline text – text intended to be in italics should be in italics
  • Submissions should be sent with the words ‘Short Fiction Submission – Magazine’ followed by the story’s name in the subject line.
  • The story should be sent as an attached Word Document. We will not read submissions in the body of the email, or PDF or RTF attachments.
  • In case the William Shunn guidelines linked to above aren’t clear enough:
  1. The type in your story should be black
  2. The font should be a standard font, such as Times New Roman or Courier
  3. The text should be 12 pt
  4. The first line of every paragraph should be indented half an inch using the format settings feature, not space-space-space-space-space or tab

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
  • 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
  • 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.

Non-Fiction Submissions

Status: We are OPEN to non-fiction pitches For January and February 2020

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.

In addition to these topics, we will publish explorations of genre, writing tropes, and current issues that fit our mandate.

As much as possible, 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

  • Gitz Crazyboy
  • J.L. Ortiz Diaz
  • D. Edwards
  • Margaret Kingsbury
  • Chris La Tray
  • Laila Winters

Current Openings

We have limited openings for non-fiction writers. Writers may pitch an article. Note in the subject line of your email that it’s a nonfiction pitch. Include the following with your pitch:

  • your bio, including your country of residence or diverse group you belong to if applicable
  • 100 words or less summarizing the focus of your proposed article
  • a target deadline for completion of the article (do you need 3 days, 3 weeks or 2 months to complete it?)
  • 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.

Please reference Bronzeville Books Pitch in the subject line of your email and allow up to two weeks for a response.

Pro Tip: The very best pitches will also include an extra line or two, referencing the non-fiction article we have published that the pitch is most comparable to, and why.

‘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. Please allow for up to two weeks to get a response to your pitch.

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.