The publishing industry has a long way to go in terms of diversity and championing Black writers. If you are a Black writer, we'd like to invite you to submit your short stories, creative nonfiction, and novel excerpts for us free of charge. We do not publish poetry. 

We are able to pay $100/piece. Please keep in mind that Joyland is a volunteer-run indie publication, and it may take up to 5 months for your story to receive a response. If you are ever curious about the status of your story, you may email

This offer has no expiration date. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.