Black Lesbian Literary Collective

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

The Black Lesbian Literary Collective a non-profit collaborative dedicated to creating a nurturing and sustainable environment for Black lesbian and queer women of color writers.

We specialize in building appreciation and sustained support for women of color literary artists and their work by increasing lesbian visibility in literary and independent publishing spheres, and promoting ethical publishing practices through education and rigorous standards.

Our programming includes a workshop, where we promote and encourage professional and personal writing (and writing goals) through skill development; a radio show, where we amplify the work of Black lesbian writers and discuss topics and trends in publishing; an annual writing retreat, where we will celebrate our successes, collaborate with other writers and publishers, and set our intentions for the upcoming year; and a literary journal.

2018 Writing Retreat

We are proud to host our first annual writing retreat: Black Women Writing in the South. The BLLC strives to increase Black lesbian and queer voices and visibility in literary arts and independent publishing spheres, especially in the South.

We recognize that our stories are often ignored or tokenized in mainstream circles, and our writers are often faced with barriers when accessing traditional literary organizations and finding welcoming writing communities.

This retreat offers the opportunity to learn, network, and convene with an inclusive community of writers who want to improve their craft, desire nurturing and safe spaces for Black women writers, and value the spirit of collaboration.

The retreat will be held at Morehead Manor Bed & Breakfast in Durham, North Carolina from Thursday, October 11 to Sunday, October 14, 2018. The retreat is exclusive to new and emerging Black women writers, ages 21 and older. Black women writers that reside in/near the South and/or identify as queer or lesbian are encouraged to apply.

Literary Journal

Serendipity is a literary journal specializing in poetry, prose, and art that engages with issues of race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and intersecting identities. We seek work that explores, celebrates, and interrogates all aspects of our Black, POC, and LGBTQ identities; as well as work that delights and beguiles our readerly sensibilities. We are an online bi-annual publication, (Winter and Summer), and an annual print publication featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. Our goal is to publish exciting work that amplifies marginalized voices, particularly that of same-gender loving women of color.

General Guidelines

Writers: We accept prose submissions under 5,000 words and no more than 3 poems, in either .doc or .docx format.

Artists: Please submit up to six images in separate files.

All work must be previously unpublished.

Cover letters are optional.

Please include a current bio.

All Serendipity contributions are currently unpaid.

We do not accept simultaneous submissions. 

If you have any questions email us at We look forward to reviewing your submissions!


The Black Lesbian Literary Collaborative  workshop is a judgment-free and supportive space to enhance your writing and story ideas and to receive valuable feedback on your works-in-progress. Each critique helps writers advance their work and identify areas of improvement. We critique multiple submissions each month.

Essentially, this is a writing group designed for everyone involved to produce good writing and become better writers. This is a collaborative effort among women with shared cultural experiences who desire a nurturing and productive writing setting. In this workshop, we promote and encourage professional and personal writing (and writing goals) through skill development.