Reading Period for Obsidian Issue 49.1 (please see below for link to Outta Sight: Black Listening special issue guidelines)
Submit May 15–October 15, 2022 by 11:59 PM Central time (US & Canada). Unless otherwise noted, submissions sent from October 16, 2021 through May 14, 2022 will not be accepted.


Simultaneous Submissions
Simultaneous submissions to other journals are welcome as long as they are identified as such and we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.


Manuscript Submission Guidelines
• Include a short cover letter noting the title(s) of the work(s) submitted and citing major publications and awards, as well as any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor.
• Upload your text submission as a Word (DOC, DOCX), portable document format/PDF (PDF) or rich-text format (RTF) file. No Pages, TXT, or Open Office Documents.
• Typed, double-spaced (poetry may be single-spaced) pages.
• Numbered pages.
• Submissions should follow the Chicago Manual of Style for grammar and MLA format for citations and works cited, when applicable.
• Margins should be set at no less than 1” and no greater than 1.5”.
• Poetry: submit up to five (5) poems totaling no more than eight (8) pages.
• Fiction, Hybrid genre: 12-point font. No more than twenty (20) pages or 5000 words (whichever is achieved first). Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained.
• Drama/Performance: submit one act or a collection of short scenes no longer than twenty (20) pages following Samuel French or the Dramatists Guild suggested formatting. Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained.
• Translations are welcome if permission has been granted.

• Criticism: we are not accepting any unsolicited essay manuscripts at this time. To submit a proposal, please contact the editor. 


Image Submission Guidelines
• Include a short cover letter noting the title(s) of the work(s) submitted and citing major publications and awards, as well as any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor.
• Submit up to five (5) images totaling no more than 15 MB.
• Upload your submission(s) as JPG or TIFF file(s) (TIFF preferred) in 300 ppi at the size(s) intended to be used (Obsidian journal is 6" x 9").  
• Specify the orientation of the image(s) as portrait or landscape.


Audio Submission Guidelines
• Include a short cover letter noting the title(s) of the work(s) submitted and citing major publications and awards, as well as any association or past correspondence.
• Submit up to five (5) sound files totaling no more than 30 MB.
• Upload your submission(s) as MP3 or WAV file(s).


Video & Media Arts Submission Guidelines
• Include a short cover letter noting the title(s) of the work(s) submitted and citing major publications and awards, as well as any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor.
• Submit up to three (3) video and/or gaming files totaling no more than 800 MB.
• Upload your submission(s) as M4V, MP4, MPG, AVI, or MOV files, SWF, Graphics Interchange Format (GIF), UNITY game files, and HTML5 (with or without CSS and JavaScript markup).


Restrictions
• We do not reprint previously published work.


Submitting Online
We are now accepting submissions via our online submission management system only. Submissions via postal mail or email will be discarded without response.
To submit online, please use the Obsidian submission management system, found at obsidian.submittable.com/submit. 


Notifications and Queries
Expect three to five months for a decision. Using our online submissions system you will be able to track the status of your submission. We accept queries after five months have passed. Queries should be sent via email. They should include:
• Your name.
• The date, genre, and title of the submission.
• The title of the Call for Submissions to which you are responding, if applicable.


Spam Notice
To ensure that you receive our email responses, please add staff@obsidianlit.org and notifications@email.submittable.com to your address book so that our correspondence does not end up flagged as spam. 


Contributor Copies
Upon publication, contributors receive two contributor copies of the issue. 

Editors for the Outta Sight: Black Listening special issue: Duriel E. Harris & Guest Editor Tracie Morris

Obsidian’s vol 49.2, audio + print Black Listening special issue provides an environment for thought about, and engagement with, Black aesthetic practices that attend to active aural witnessing/discovery. This type of listening spans concepts of time, environment, space, ability, embodiment, genre, and historical markers. We ask: “What does it mean to ‘listen —Black’”?  The Outta Sight: Black Listening special issue will consider concepts of listening and improvisation within composition, writing, other forms of inscription and presentation/performance. There are two aspects of the issue: 1. essays and poetics of Black Listening, and 2. an audio/digital component that exhibits and foregrounds aural/oral works. We invite original poetry, fiction, drama, performance, scholarship/essay, visual, hybrid art, audio, and experimental soundscapes.

For fullest consideration please review following submission guidelines for the Outta Sight: Sonic Bodies in the Galaxy of Black Listening special issue:

Reading Period
Deadline for submitting is January 1, 2023, by 11:59 PM Central time (US & Canada). 

Simultaneous Submissions
Simultaneous submissions to other journals are welcome as long as they are identified as such and we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

Manuscript Submission Guidelines
• Include a short cover letter noting the title(s) of the work(s) submitted as well as any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor.
• Upload your text submission as a Word (DOCX), portable document format/PDF (PDF) or rich-text format (RTF) file. No Pages, TXT, or Open Office Documents.
• Typed, double-spaced (poetry may be single-spaced) pages.
• Numbered pages.
• Submissions should follow the Chicago Manual of Style for grammar and MLA format for citations and works cited, when applicable.
• Margins should be set at no less than 1” and no greater than 1.5”.
• Poetry: submit up to five (5) poems totaling no more than eight (8) pages.
• Fiction, Hybrid genre: 12-point font. No more than twenty (20) pages or 5000 words (whichever is achieved first). Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained.
• Drama/Performance: submit one act or a collection of short scenes no longer than twenty (20) pages following Samuel French or the Dramatists Guild suggested formatting. Excerpts of longer works are welcome if self-contained.

Image Submission Guidelines
• Include a short cover letter noting the title(s) of the work(s) submitted as well as any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor.
• Submit up to five (5) images totaling no more than 15 MB.
• Upload your submission(s) as JPG, GIF, PNG, or TIF file(s) (TIF preferred) in 300 ppi at the size(s) intended to be used (Obsidian journal is 6" x 9").  
• Specify the orientation of the image(s) as portrait or landscape.

Audio Submission Guidelines
• Include a short cover letter noting the title(s) of the work(s) submitted as well as any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor.
• Submit up to five (5) sound files totaling no more than 30 MB.
• Upload your submission(s) as MP3 or WAV file(s).

Video & Media Arts Submission Guidelines
• Include a short cover letter noting the title(s) of the work(s) submitted as well as any association or past correspondence with a guest or staff editor.
• Submit up to five (5) video and/or gaming files totaling no more than 800 MB.
• Upload your submission(s) as M4V, MP4, MPG, MP3 or MOV files. 

Restrictions
• We do not reprint previously published work.

Please note you can submit a total of seven (7) files but please follow the guidelines for the max requirements for each genre. This allows you to submit in more than one genre. Also, the total duration of audio and/or video files submitted is ten (10) minutes max for all files combined. 

Direct inquiries to BlackListening@obsidianlit.org

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