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Looking for Black punk artists and writers to submit nonfiction, fiction or comics to an anthology that’s defining Black punk today--submit to Black Punk Now!

Edited by James Spooner (2003’s Afro-Punk movie director and festival co-founder, author/illustrator of graphic novel The High Desert) and Chris L. Terry (author of the novels Black Card and Zero Fade) this anthology will be published by Soft Skull Press in Fall 2023.

BLACK PUNK NOW is our chance to create a new reference point for music-lovers, readers, and historians, capturing the present and looking to the future, canonizing the transgressive and raw literature being created by the current generation of Black punks. We want to go beyond Bad Brains, and show what has sprung up after Afro-Punk.

If you’re drawing a comic about the nuances of Black, queer sex in an anarchist collective house; if you’re working on an essay that digs into how the “twice as hard for half as much” ethos leads to success (and frustration) in a DIY scene; if you’ve created dystopian fiction about black crust punk scavengers; or you’ve thought of anything else that that is black, punk, exciting and personal--we want to hear from you.

Submission period will from September 21st, 2021, to January 1st, 2022

For consideration, please upload your work to our Submittable queue with the following prepared:

  • In the “cover letter” field, please include: a short, 3-5 sentence description of your submission, including genre/medium, why you feel it’s right for this anthology, and any relevant biographical information
  • Up to 3000 words of prose attached as a Word doc, or
  • Up to 16 pages of comics attached as a layered psd.
  • Your contact information

The submission period will close at 11:59 EST on December 31, 2021.

Soft Skull Press is a home for projects that dissolve categories and hierarchies, provide an alternative to dominant narratives, and make room for new and unexpected ideas and feelings. We aim to create lasting and transformative relationships with writers, and to continually reimagine how a book can be written, published, and sold. We publish works of adult literary fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid projects.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive during our open periods, we aim to respond within six months of the submission period end date. If you’ve received a confirmation email from Submittable, your work has been received; you may check the submission status at any time by visiting this link.

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