We do not accept submissions by email. We accept submissions from September 1 to April 30. Please note that we are now only accepting submissions via our online submission management system. Submissions via mail or email will be discarded without response. Submissions must be in Microsoft Word (DOC or DOCX formats). The author’s name and address should appear on the first page of the manuscript. We accept simultaneous submissions as long as we are notified at the time of submission, and we expect to be notified promptly if the work is accepted elsewhere.
Jazz poetry delivers keenly the feelings, sounds, compositional genius, performance, politics, history, and creative spirit reflected in this music – all the way from Langston Hughes’ “Jazzonia” and “Ask Your Mama” to the jazz poetry collection Jazz Fan Looks Back by Jayne Cortez. Recent examinations by T.J. Anderson (Notes Make the Sound Come Right: Four Innovators of Jazz Poetry), Meta DuEwa Jones (The Muse is Music: Jazz Poetry from the Harlem Renaissance to Spoken Word), Jennifer D. Ryan (Post-Jazz Poetics: A Social History), Jean-Phillippe Marcoux (Jazz Griots: Music as History in the 1960s African American Poem), and continuously available anthologies point to a long and important literary tradition. Lest we forget the essential “Coltrane poem” scripted by many, especially Michael Harper, Sonia Sanchez, Gil Scott-Heron, Haki Madhubuti, Larry Neal, and Amiri Baraka among so many others.
Submissions are now being accepted for the online Jazz Issue of Obsidian to be released in Fall 2014. Poetry, short fiction, essays, digital video of jazz poetry performances/spoken word, and visual art are all welcomed to this improvisation.
Deadline for submission: April 30, 2014.Accepted Document Types: doc, docx, mp3, mp4, m4a, wav, mov, avi, mpg, 3gp, flv, webmSubmit »
Obsidian seeks critical and creative work focused on the work of Randall Kenan. Submissions may focus on the author, on Southern Black Gay Literature, and on the idea of sexual difference in the American South.
Deadline for submission: December 10, 2013Accepted Document Types: doc, docxSubmit »
- Submissions should be no longer than 20 pages in length and double-spaced. Citations and work cited should follow MLA style. For additional information consult, http://www.mla.org.Accepted Document Types: doc, docxSubmit »
- Please send no more than five poems. All poems must be in a single file.Accepted Document Types: doc, docxSubmit »
- Please number each page of your manuscript. Submissions should be no longer than 20 pages in length and double-spaced.Accepted Document Types: doc, docxSubmit »