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Submissions are open from March 23 - June 1 for Issue 9: Afrofuturism (see below).

Every issue of Speculative City is defined by a distinct theme. We are excited to announce our Issue 9 theme will be Afrofuturism. Writer Stefani Cox and writer/visual artist Jacqueline Barnes will act as guest editors for this issue.

We are looking for afrofuturist fiction, poetry, and essays written by authors who are specifically of Black and/or African descent. And, as per usual, we seek provocative works that are centered within a cityscape. Writers published will be paid $20-$55 according to the category and length of their submission. We do not accept submissions exceeding 5500 words.

- All submissions should be the original, unpublished work of the submitter.
- We will accept simultaneous submissions, but please inform us if the submission has been accepted by another publication.
- We do not accept multiple submissions for fiction or essays.
- Please submit word (.doc, .docx) or rich text format (.rtf) files and format your submission according to our format guide (
- Please send all inquiries to info @
- We try to respond to all submissions, but as a team of two, we may not always be able to.

Before submitting work, please also be familiar with our contract (

noun | af·​ro·​fu·tur·​ism​ | a-frō-fyü-chə-ˌri-zəm

literary works that use the frame of science fiction and fantasy to explore what Black futures could look like and to reimagine past and present experiences of the African diaspora

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