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Taking Submissions: Sovereign: An Anthology of Black Fantasy Fiction

July 16, 2022

Deadline: July 16th, 2022
Payment: Original Fiction: $0.08/word up to 1,000 words, and $0.01/word after, Reprints: $0.01/word
Theme: Authors from Africa and the African Diaspora exploring any of the following: Heroic, Mythic, Flintlock, Gaslamp, Medieval, Religious, Weird West, Arcanepunk, High/Epic Fantasy, Sword and Soul/Planet, Noblebright/Nobledark, Fables/Fairytale Retellings
Note: Reprints Welcome

AURELIA LEO presents Sovereign: An Anthology of Black Fantasy Fiction seeking authors from Africa and the African Diaspora exploring certain aspects of the genre.

More specifically, we want fantasy in the following sub-genres/themes:

  • Heroic
  • Mythic
  • Flintlock
  • Gaslamp
  • Medieval
  • Religious
  • Weird West
  • Arcanepunk
  • High/Epic Fantasy
  • Sword and Soul/Planet
  • Noblebright/Nobledark
  • Fables/Fairytale Retellings

The cover illustration will feature “Knight Duties” by the wonderful Nigerian-based artist LA Draws/Ajayi Olajide.


Form? https://forms.gle/trPS6GCZaaY3bU6RA

(Flexible) Deadline: July 16, 2022

Publication Date: TBA 2023 (post-Kickstarter campaign)


  • Original Fiction: $0.08/word up to 1,000 words, and $0.01/word after
  • Reprints: $0.01/word

Payment will be rendered within 30 days of the finalization of the TOC. If a Kickstarter campaign is successfully funded, original fiction will be raised to $0.08/word for their full word count.

Demographic? Only Black authors

Length? Flash (1,000 words) up to novella length (39,999 words) (NOT FLEXIBLE)

Format? Shunn Modern Manuscript Format

Track submissions using Duotrope and The Submission Grinder.


  • Translations are accepted
  • Simultaneous submissions to other markets are accepted
  • Only two submissions allowed in total (one original and one reprinted story)


  • Copyright remains with the author at all times
  • Non-exclusive archival rights as long as the website(s) hosting the work are online
  • First world electronic and print rights in English with exclusivity for 12 months from the date of publication
  • If selected to be republished in another anthology in the future, payment in royalties is $0.01USD per word
  • If selected for a podcast or audiobook, payment is $0.01USD per word for non-exclusive electronic audio rights


  • Excerpts out of a novel
  • Poorly formatted and edited work
  • Overtly racist, sexist, or violent work


  • Fanfiction of any kind
  • Works above the word count
  • Taboo elements (rape in all forms, incest, pedophilia, etc.) in almost all cases


  • Settings outside of the United States of America, or the United States of America as we know it
  • Protagonists that are Queer, Trans, Plus-Sized, Woman, and other types of diversity beyond just race
  • Intersectionality in regards to gender, class, ability status, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, and so on

We take 2-3 weeks to respond to submissions. If you haven’t received a response by then, please query. If you have any questions, email info [at] aurelialeo.com.

Via: Pride Book Cafe.


July 16, 2022