Spring 2011 Call for Submissions

17 Jan

Jacob Lawrence - "Play" (1999); silk screen

In keeping with the legacy after which we were named, Amistad, Howard University’s literary and art journal, aims to achieve and preserve cultural freedom through the vessel of creative expression. Our goal is to compile innovative and compelling works of different genres from a body of local, national, and international contributors of diverse backgrounds to ship to the masses. Amistad chronicles the journey from where we are as a global community to where we hope to go.

Submission Deadline: February 14, 2011

We are accepting original art in the form of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, book reviews (literary critique), fine and visual art, photography, et cetera.

For poetry, please submit no more than 5 poems with a max. of 50 lines. For fiction, non-fiction, and critiques, please submit no more than 2 documents with a max. of 3000 words. Excerpts are accepted. For fine and visual art, please submit no more than 5 pieces, including title, date, and medium (.jpeg, .tif, .gif preferred).

Submissions should be typed in 12 pt. font, Times New Roman. The title should be clearly indicated in bold. Your name, address, email, and phone number should be included at the top of each page. In addition, please submit a 3-4 line bio and a .jpeg headshot.  Work should be submitted via email as an attachment. Microsoft Word documents (.doc & .docx) files are acceptable. The subject line should follow this format: Genre/First & Last Name.

Email all submissions to amistadjournal@gmail.com


Amistad Online Publication

2 Dec

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won’t you celebrate with me

2 Dec

won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

by Lucille Clifton

from Book of Light (Copper Canyon Press, 1993)