Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora

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Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction
Representative Authors: 
Since its inception, Obsidian has featured a range of acclaimed writers and critics including Elizabeth Alexander, Houston A. Baker, Abena John Brown, Octavia Butler, Wanda Coleman, Thadious Davis, Melvin Dixon, Gerald Early, C.S. Giscombe, Terrance Hayes, Essex Hemphill, Gayl Jones, Yusef Komunyakaa, Brenda Marie Osbey, Claudia Rankine, Jerry Ward, and Gloria Wade Gayles among others.
Online, Digital, Print, Audio, Video
Reading Periods: 
May 15 to Oct 15
Oct 15 to Jan 1
Response Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Contributor copies only
Issues per Year: 
Issue Price: 
Subscription Price: 
Less than 1,000

Editorial Focus

Obsidian cultivates, through publication and critical inquiry, Black imagination, innovation, and excellence—supporting Black, African, and African Diaspora creatives globally. 

Tips From the Editor

Submission guidelines at https://obsidianlit.org/how-to-submit/ 

Calls for special issues (second reading period): https://obsidianlit.org/open-calls/

Contact Information

Duriel E. Harris, Editor in Chief
Obsidian: Literature & Arts in the African Diaspora
Illinois State University
Campus Box 4241
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Last updated: Jun 05, 2023