Call for Submissions: Fall/Winter 2015 Killens Review of Arts & Letters. Deadline: August 1st!

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Killens Review of Arts & Letters
Fall/Winter 2015

Works are to be submitted by August 1, 2015.

The Fall/Winter 2015 issue of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters seeks submissions, fiction, essays, poetry, and artwork that reflect cultural and social memory and myth in literature and art.

“Memory and Myth”

Memories have a magical power: they can stir our imaginations and deepest emotions.

Memories are creative sparks that can be the genesis for heart-warming memoirs, provocative essays, conscious-raising poems, or creative nonfiction and fiction narratives.

Author and poet Tracy K. Smith notes that wanting to write about her mother’s death was the impetus for her newly released memoir, “Ordinary Light.” The late Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez said that “the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good.”

Every age has created myths to help us understand the mysteries of the universe and the human condition. Mythologists and writer Joseph Campbell inform us that myths are public dreams and that dreams are private myths.

In the Fall 2015 issue of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters, we want to explore the theme of cultural and social memory and myth in literature and art. We seek submissions of fiction, essays, poetry, memoir, and artwork.

The Killens Review of Arts & Letters is a peer-reviewed journal that welcomes Black poets, novelists, short story writers, playwrights, journalists, essayists, scholars, emerging writers, and artists whose literature and art speak to the general public and to an intergenerational range of readers represented throughout the African diaspora.


Submission of Material

The Killens Review of Arts & Letters is published once or twice a year by the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY. The Killens Review seeks book reviews, essays, short stories, creative nonfiction, art, poetry, and interviews related to the various cultural, sociopolitical, and historical experiences of writers and artists from the African diaspora. The aim is to provide well-known and lesser-known authors as well as educators and students opportunities to create and expand the canon of literature produced by people of color.

While the Killens Review of Arts & Letters welcomes unsolicited material, we prefer to publish original material, i.e. first-ever publication. Unless otherwise selected by the editors, we cannot run a piece that has previously appeared elsewhere in print or on the Web. Please submit to only one category at a time: essay, fiction, interview, poetry, prose, and art. We aim to respond to your submission within two months.

Essay, Fiction, and Prose

  • Please send one piece at a time. We have no set maximum length or minimum length for prose submissions. (The average word count is about 1,500–2,000 words.) Most submissions, however, are between 2,000 – 4,000 words.
  • Please set up your submission in letter-sized format, with ample margins, double-spaced, using a standard typeface (e.g., Times New Roman, Helvetica, Arial) and font size (12 point is best).
  • Include your name, title of the work, and page numbers on your submission.
  • Also include a one- to two-sentence bio about the author. If the submission is an academic essay with references, please include your bibliography at the end.


Please do not submit book manuscripts.

Poetry: Please send up to three poems.

Art and Photography: We welcome all types of image submissions. Please include a short note about the context of the images and title and/or caption information. Please include no more than six hi-res jpegs (at 300 dpi).

Electronic and Postal Submissions

Kindly e-mail material to with “Fall 2015 Killens Review” in the subject heading.

Please include a brief introduction of yourself and of the work being submitted.

On the first page of your submission be sure to include:

  • 1. Your name
  • 2. Telephone number
  • 3. E-mail address

Please make sure the pages are numbered.

Or mail material to:

Center for Black Literature
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

RE: Killens Review

Material will only be returned if the sender includes a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE).

Please send your submissions no later than August 1, 2015, to “Fall 2015 Killens Review” (in the subject line) to Please include name and contact information on the title page.

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