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 We do not publish poetry.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 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

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.