Stellium Literary Magazine
There are presently no open calls for submissions.
Stellium is a literary magazine centering Black queer and trans prose writers.
We still accept work from other Black and QTPOC writers. We are a bimonthly (every two months) magazine seeking to create our first two digital issues.
The literary scene is flush with racist, homophobic, transphobic, and elitist platforms that often discriminate against QTPOC writing, let alone that of Black queer and trans creators. We've noticed how we're a trend to be recognized after shootings or attacks on our communities. Rarely are we considered "legitimate" unless our creative work can generate donations for publications and institutions that stick to the status quo during the rest of the year.
At Stellium, we're setting our intentions to not just make a statement in the world of prose but to redefine the space entirely. The magazine will publish five pieces each of prose poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and art within each issue. We seek work from emerging and established writers (with an emphasis on emerging). In due time, we hope to include a number of interviews, translations, reviews, and other works relevant to the QTPOC writing scene on our website, and (eventually) in print!
We are currently curating pieces for our first and second issues. Here are the themes.
Issue One - Manifestation - What would you create if you could conjure? What do you create since you can conjure? Who is clearly a master at this art? Is it tangible? Is it ethereal? Does it reach you and your community or is it symbolic? Are you fearful of the creation or begging for it?
Issue Two - Exposing - What has been brought to light recently? What has been lying underneath the surface that is generally unspoken? Was it hidden on purpose or just tossed to the side and forgotten? How was it revealed? What happens now that we "know"? Is it a shy or exhibitionist truth?
What are we looking for?
Prose poetry - We do not accept traditional poetry. Please note this description before submitting. Prose poetry is "not broken into verse lines, [but] demonstrates other traits such as symbols, metaphors, and other figures of speech common to poetry." Write in paragraphs and with a poetic flow, and we'll want to see it. Please submit a maximum of three poems. This section is not theme-specific but you're encouraged to focus on it.
Fiction - We welcome long- or short-form fiction. If you submit flash fiction (up to 2k words), you can submit up to three pieces of similar length. The sweet spot is around 4k to 7k words. This section is not theme-specific but you're encouraged to focus on it.
Nonfiction - We're seeking creative nonfiction submissions. Please note this description before submitting. We welcome memoir, social commentary, and new-journalism pieces among other works. Not academic papers. The sweet spot is around 2k to 4k words. This section is not theme-specific but you're encouraged to focus on it.
Art - We accept scans of any original, visual art. This section is theme-specific. We won't accept work that doesn't adhere to the theme of the issue.
Editors - We're looking for editors for each section, social media, design, and the website! Please spread the word after you apply.
- Each file submission must be titled: “Name - Title of Work(s).”
- Submissions should be in Times New Roman (or Garamond), 12pt font, double-spaced, with standard 1” margins.
- We reserve the right to reformat titles, grammar, or style.
- Stellium does not buy serial print rights at this moment. This may change in the future. Copyright remains with the author during and after publication. We simply ask that you mention a first appearance in Stellium if we were first and your work appears elsewhere.
- You'll definitely hear back from us within three months but we're doing our best to get through submissions quickly. Our inaugural issues will take a little longer to create.
- We're now able to offer a $50 honorarium for each accepted work.