Verb Noire Announcement (Call for Submissions)

So, as some of you may have noticed I haven’t been around overly much lately. It’s not that I don’t love you. It’s just that I’m in the middle of starting a small press with a friend. Verb Noire is intended to be a platform for all those stories that have been hidden for so long because the protagonist didn’t fit the mainstream mold. What does that mean?

Submission Guidelines Ahead!!

It means we are looking for original works of genre fiction (science fiction/fantasy/mystery/romance) that feature a person of color and/or LGBT as the central character. Book-length manuscripts must be at least 250 pages, and short stories cannot be over 100 pages. All manuscripts must be double-spaced, in 12-point font (Times New Roman, Courier, etc) in black text, and must be a Word/Open Office compatible document. We ask that you insert a header with your name and the first two words of the title at the top of each page. Please do not send them as read-only files as that will make any editing more difficult.

We are also accepting poems in traditional and experimental styles with a maximum of 10 pages. The same formatting rules will apply.

Personal and critical essays are also welcome as long as they are within the aforementioned themes. Poetry, essays, and short stories may be subject to inclusion in anthologies depending upon the number of submissions fitting a specific theme.

There will be (approximately) a 6-8 week turnaround time in which submissions will be reviewed and a decision will be made as to whether or not we will be publishing your manuscript. Payment will be dependent upon sales, as each published author will received a percentage of the sales price.

There is no need to submit a query letter, nor do we require you to have an agent, but we do want a brief synopsis of the plot for longer manuscripts. We will accept works from white authors as long as the the central characters are of color and/or LGBT. Please send all submissions to verb.noire@gmail.com.

We’ve been raising money to defray start up costs and the response has been fabulous. Feel free to come check out us out on LJ as well.

9 Responses

  1. Is there a deadline for submissions?

  2. Not at all.

  3. Hi! I love your blog and have been following it for a bit. I am working in an intersectional antiracist feminist think-tank and resource centre. Would it be okay with you if we put your call for submissions on our Facebook site and our website? Our website is only in Sweden at the moment, but we are working on a new site which will be out early May in English as well. If you’d like to know more about me you are welcome to visit my blog http://swinglish101.blogspot.com/
    All the best!
    Zakia

  4. I hope you’ll consider publishing a short story anthology of some sort. Good luck with this project!

  5. Also, I sent you email. Check your spam filter if you don’t see it.

  6. @Zakia,

    Sure! Feel free to spread the word.

  7. For a suburban white guy, I just love having my inner ‘black Diva’ coming out, so I can hang with y’all.

    Peace ~

  8. [...] character.’ No, really. How excellent is that? karnythia has a call for submissions up at The Angry Black Woman. Exciting stuff. I hope they do well. Please promote [...]

  9. What are your plans for distribution?

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