Midnight & Indigo is a literary platform dedicated to publishing short fiction and narrative essays by black women writers.

Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to submit character-driven short stories. Stories should feature strong female lead characters or black female POV.

Book reviews focused on works by black women authors are accepted by the magazine year-round but manuscripts and poetry are not accepted.

Eligibility for Midnight & Indigo Submission

  • Black women writers are encouraged to submit
  • No age restriction
  • No entry fee but there is No optional fee of $20 which will put your work at the top of the reading list for review
  • Though this will not influence acceptance of your submission

Submission Deadline

January 10, 2021

Guidelines for Midnight & Indigo Submission

  • Work must be previously unpublished
  • Word count should be included at the top of the submission
  • Submission must be on or before the deadline

Speculative fiction

  • This includes, but is not limited to, science fiction, fantasy, superhero fiction, horror, utopian and dystopian fiction, fairytale fantasy, and supernatural fiction
  • A minimum word count of 1500 words
  • This should be submitted through this submittable
  • Responses for the submission will be by February 23, 2021

Short story

  • All genres are accepted but we prefer something readers easily connect to
  • A minimum word count of 1,500 words
  • Submissions should be through this submittable
  • Responses will be by March 31, 2021

Narrative/Personal Essays

  • A minimum word count of 1,200 words
  • Responses will available by March 31, 2021
  • You should not include a list format like “5 ways to…” or inspirational instructions
  • Submissions should be through this submittable

Book Reviews

  • Word count should be 1000 words and above
  • Book must be by a black woman author 
  • There is no compensation for book review
  • Submissions should be through submittable

Prizes for Midnight & Indigo Submission

  • $175
  • Publication


You can familiarize yourself with their work to increase your chances of being accepted. You can check their online publication or print issues.

To create an interesting character-driven story, you can click here or here if you are finding it difficult to choose the perfect POV for the story you want to write.

Good Luck!




One comment

  • Omale Allen Abduljabbar

    Nov 30, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    Many thanks, keep it coming.



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