Black Voices and Experiences Series

Call for Submissions

For our Fall 2020 issue, is calling for work by Black women authors and artists as part of our Black Voices and Experiences series. We especially welcome work by Black trans women for this issue. We are dedicated to creating a supportive space for Black women’s creative productions across multiple media and genres. We accept fiction, non-fiction, poetry, art, and hybrid literature. Please submit multiple submissions individually. For example, one poem per submission, with five submissions max.

Submissions open September 4 and close October 25.

Learn more and how to submit

Commitment to Anti-racism

The faculty and staff of Penumbra stand in unity with our Black communities, who have long been the victims of systemic racism, violence, and murder. We will not allow those assassinated by police brutality and white supremacy to be forgotten. We remember George Floyd, Auhmed Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Sandra Bland, Emmett Till, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, and so many others and call for fundamental changes in our local, state, and national governments to espouse equality for all people. We are outraged by the police brutality our Black communities face and we support the efforts of protestors to reveal and rebuke the legacies of white supremacy from our core national ideologies.

Racist systems have long been present in the publishing industry and we are committed to breaking racist publishing processes and standards. We are dedicated to promoting, highlighting, and celebrating the work of Black, Latinx, Native American, Asian American, LGBT+ writers and artists and all groups marginalized by systems of hate and oppression. We make this commitment today, tomorrow, and always to diversify our publications and uproot oppressive practices and ideologies that attempt to silence marginalized groups. Penumbra rejects those attempts at silencing and offers a space to amplify the voices of the oppressed.

Questions? Contact Faculty Advisor Dr. Monica Montelongo Flores at

The Stanislaus State Literary and Art Journal

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Watch Video: What it's like to work for the journal Summer 2020 issue (Black Voices and Experiences Series) now available!

We are excited to launch our first issue of focusing on the work of Black authors and artists. You can find our Summer 2020 issue here: