Edited by Chinelo Onwualu, Susana M. Morris, and Bill Campbell

Planet Black Joy

Call for Submissions

You are cordially invited to contribute to an anthology of speculative fiction that’s being published through Rosarium Publishing titled Planet Black Joy in Fall 2025. The collection will feature about 20 to 25 short stories by women and non-binary folk who identify as Black, African, or of Afro-descendent heritage exploring and celebrating Black joy and pleasure.

What are we looking for? 

We want to showcase stories of Black joy in the fantastical and the mundane in the present, past, and the future. We’d like a variety of Black joy from catharsis to irreverence to clawing resilience out of the darkness. From Black Twitter after the Alabama Brawl to the kind of joy that has been constructed in the face of white supremacy and patriarchy. We want to know what Black joy means to you.

We’d prefer original submissions in English, but we are open to translations and reprints. We’ll be paying professional rates of $0.08 (USD) per word, for original short stories between 3,000 and 7,000 words long and $0.02 (USD) per word for reprints. We’ll be asking your permission to include the work as part of the anthology in the following formats: print, digital, and Braille. 

Submissions will be open from June 15, 2024 to January 1, 2025. Please email your submissions as an attachment to planetblackjoy@rosariumpublishing.com