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The Diverse Writers & Artists of Speculative Fiction

Strap in and enter worlds of wonder in Chosen Realities: Summer 2020. The Journal contains a dazzling array of short stories, scripts, interviews, and more! Stroll through fantastical universes, rocket through science fiction landscapes, and muse on poetry in this jam-packed introductory volume of the Journal of Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction. Entertainment and enlightenment await!

Read the Reviews!

This is an essential #ownvoices journal -- the first issue from the Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction (DWASF) -- which contains commentaries, essays, fiction, poetry, and more. This should be as widely available as possible, particularly in public, school, and academic libraries. The poetry in particular was heart-wrenching and heart-breaking. The poems had a huge impact on me from K Ceres Wright, John Edward Lawson (some of whose breathtaking photography is also featured within), Scott Key, in particular, but all of them were thought-provoking, challenging, and cut deep. LH Moore's commentary on what it is like to be a Black writer of speculative fiction was an illuminating and eye-opening read that deserves as wide of an audience as possible. L. Marie Wood's pieces, "Horror and Romance" and "All Stories are Horror Stories" were fascinating. For readers wanting to diversify their palettes, particularly with more AfroFuturism, this journal issue is an excellent place to start. The authors featured within have such evocative work -- everyone should buy a copy of this issue. ~ Eva, reader on

Chosen Realities, the Summer 2020 Journal of the Diverse Writers and Artists of Speculative Fiction, has something for every lover of speculative fiction. With immersive and imaginative short stories, impactful poetry, commentary on the genre, and peppered with interviews, this collection is a must read. ~ Kenesha Williams, Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Black Girl Magic Literary Magazine

Chosen Realities is a robust collection of prose, poetry and essays that displays the depth of talented authors who comprise DWASF. The varied genres and writing forms represented in this journal allow the members to flex their literary muscles to the fullest, resulting in an engaging and entertaining tome. Reading Chosen Realities was well worth the time spent. ~ Milton J. Davis, Black Fantastic Author and owner of MVmedia, LLC

"In this age of uncertainty, this book proves to be a welcome diversion from reality. Some of the most talented writers of our century have shared their handy work in this book. I highly recommend the works of these contributors in this book and recommend seeking them out for their other writings as well; you won’t be disappointed." ~ Jarvis Sheffield, Ed.D., Founder, Black Science Fiction Society

Mission: To Explore Where People of Color Go for Speculative Fiction

The mission of DWASF is to provide a support network for writers and artists of diverse speculative fiction. This mission is achieved through presenting at reading or speculative fiction conventions, art expos, film festivals, and other related events; mentoring other writers and artists; promoting members’ writing and art; hosting conventions; and sponsoring publications to showcase the work of member writers and artists.

Reading of The Pale Lady

L. Marie Wood reads Chapter 1 of The Pale Lady by Alexandre Dumas

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Watch the Mandalorian Season 2 trailer as he gets orders to return the "child" to a "race of enemy sorcerers" called the Jedi.

Sectornauts by Mshindo9

You may be looking for some Afrofuturistic art for your project. Click the links to the artist and contact them on Deviant Art to collaborate!

The Write Life found 39 reputable, well-reviewed, free writing contests for poets, fiction writers, essayists and more. With thousands of dollars in cash prizes and numerous opportunities to secure a publishing contract, you’re sure to find the right free writing contest for your work.

Not all of these literary journals are currently open to submissions but many are. A link to their website or a full review of the publisher is embedded in their name. The genres they accept are mentioned in the brief description. (From Authors Publish)

Writing Opportunities

Brushfire is making a zine dedicated to recognizing and celebrating Black artists and writers.

For its October issue, Burningword Literary Journal is seeking short fiction, short nonfiction, poetry, photography, and digital art.

Jentel Arts is accepting applications for its Wyoming-based artist residency program.

DCTV’s Docu Work-In-Progress Shorts Lab supports select filmmakers with their independent documentary short films currently in post-production.

Palaver seeks creative and research-based submissions that defy the confines of a single discipline.

For its Flash 405 contest judged by Rita Bullwinkel, Exposition Review is seeking flash pieces themed around "Invented Language."

The Scripps Howard Foundation is accepting journalism grant applications.

Split/Lip Press is reviewing novel and novella manuscripts.

The Italian American Studies Association is accepting proposals for The 5th Vampire Academic Conference.

For Issue 4.2, Ponder Review seeks poetry, fiction, flash, nonfiction, drama, new media, and art.

San Miguel Writers’ Conference is seeking writers of poetry, creative nonfiction, fiction, and Spanish short stories for A Literary Season Online. Four scholarships will be awarded.

The Blue Mountain Review is looking for fiction, microfiction, essays, poetry, and hybrid work to include in its fall 2020 issue.

The Project Studios Residency from PROTO Gallery is a work-only visual art residency focused on production of new artwork.

For the Breakout Eight Writers Prize, Epiphany is calling for student writers of poetry and prose.

Green Mountains Review Volume 31.2 will feature Black voices and be edited by Tara Betts, Naomi Jackson, and Keith Wilson.

For its Earl Weaver Baseball Prize, Cobalt is seeking any written work (including scholarly essays) on the amazing game of baseball.

American Poetry Journal has a number of open calls.

CAROUSEL is a hybrid literary/arts magazine representing new and established artists

For its online journal, Light and Dark is seeking fiction of less than 3,000 words.

Featured Writer: Milton Davis

Milton Davis is a Black Fantastic fiction writer and owner of MVmedia, LLC, a publishing company specializing in science fiction, fantasy based on African/African Diaspora culture, history, and traditions. Milton is the author of 19 novels; his most recent is the post-apocalyptic adventure, Gunman’s Peace. He is the editor and co-editor of nine anthologies—The City, Terminus, Blacktastic, Dark Universe with Gene Peterson, Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology, Griot: Sisters of the Spear with Charles R. Saunders, The Ki Khanga Anthology, the Steamfunk! Anthology, and the Dieselfunk anthology with Balogun Ojetade.

MVmedia has also published Once Upon A Time in Afrika by Balogun Ojetade and Abegoni: First Calling and Nyumbani Tales by Sword and Soul creator and icon Charles R. Saunders. Milton’s work has also been featured in Black Power: The Superhero Anthology, Skelos 2: The Journal of Weird Fiction and Dark Fantasy Volume 2, Steampunk Writers Around the World published by Luna Press, and Bass Reeves Frontier Marshal Volume Two. His Steamfunk story The Swarm was nominated for the 2017 British Science Fiction Award.

Keep up the great work, Milton!

Conjuring Worlds: An Afrofuturist Textbook

B. Sharise Moore, a talented writer and curriculum developer, will develop The Conjuring Worlds textbook. It will feature original works (short stories, poetry, non-fiction articles, and artwork) commissioned from Black creators. Each work will be accompanied by extension activities appropriate for middle school students. Conjuring Worlds will be an interdisciplinary teaching tool, with activities covering subjects across the curriculum.

B. Sharise Moore was successful in her funding campaign! Below is a list of all of the fantastic artists, writers, and educators who will be working on the project:

Dedren Snead

Jason Harris

Kia Kelliebrew

Cody Canty

Janelle Naomi

Ashley Slade

Tim Fielder

Tananarive Due

Milton Davis

LH Moore

K. Ceres Wright

Kenesha Williams

Phenderson Djèlí Clark

Jessica Cage

Lisa Macon Wood

Sheree Renée Thomas

Tyehimba Jess

Olufunmike Woods

Sonya Renee Taylor

Amoja MoMan Sumler

Audrey T. Williams

John Edward Lawson

Zetta Elliott

Linda D Addison

Ekpeki Donald Oghenechovwe

Thaddeus Howze

David West

LM Davis

Isaac Odusanya

Lanee Higgins

Scholar Leigh

Jaye Nias

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