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. 

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All work must be previously unpublished.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 info@blacklesbianliterarycollective.org. We look forward to reviewing your submissions! 

Workshop

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.


The Black Lesbian Literary Collaborative workshop offers a judgment-free and supportive space for women writers that (a) desire a nurturing and productive writing setting and (b) want to collaborate with writers with shared cultural experiences.

The workshop sessions are designed to (a) enhance creative writing and story ideas, (b) provide valuable feedback on works-in-progress, (c) promote and encourage professional and personal writing (and writing goals), and (d) foster skill development.

Critique and discussions help writers advance their work and identify areas of improvement.

Participants video conference via Zoom on Sundays at 2:30 pm EST. Therefore, all participants must have access to a quiet space, reliable internet connection, and computer.

How to Apply

All participants must submit an online application via Submittable. Note, workshop fees are not due upon registration. Accepted applicants will receive a PayPal invoice.

If necessary, we will reject applications to limit workshop attendance. We will also reject applicants whose sample work and/or intent do not align with our mission.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and a writing sample of five to ten pages of prose in a single document.  Please do not submit poetry writing samples. 


TOPIC: CHARACTER

DURATION: 5 WEEKS FROM JANUARY 27, 2019 – FEBRUARY 24, 2019

TIME: SUNDAYS, 2:30 – 4:30 PM EST

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 14, 2019

INSTRUCTOR: LAUREN CHERELLE

PRICE: $99

Good characters linger. They stay with us long after we complete a book. We know that strong characters help create strong stories, but how? Together, we’ll explore the ingredients of character and tackle specific character-building devices in our works-in-progress through group discussions, “five-pages-only” exercises, and brief reading assignments.

Be ready to share, explore, revise, write… then revise and write some more.


TOPIC: STORY STRUCTURE

DURATION: 5 WEEKS FROM MARCH 3, 2019 – MARCH 31, 2019

TIME: SUNDAYS, 2:30 – 4:30 PM

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 17, 2019

INSTRUCTOR: STEPHANIE ANDREA ALLEN

PRICE: $99

How important is structure to your story? How is structure connected to plot? In this workshop we’ll explore story structure through my favorite genre, the short story. Edgar Alan Poe wrote “If any literary work is too long to be read at one sitting, we must be content to dispense with the immensely important effect derivable from unity of impression—for, if two sittings be required, the affairs of the world interfere, and everything like totality is at once destroyed.” How, then, does one compile sentences into paragraphs, build paragraphs into scenes, and in the case of short stories, organize scenes into sections that become something a reader can devour in one sitting? This workshop will show you how.


TOPIC: SETTING

DURATION: 6 WEEKS FROM APRIL 7, 2019 – MAY 12, 2019 {excluding Easter Sunday}

TIME: SUNDAY FROM 2:30 – 4:30 PM

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: MARCH 24, 2019

INSTRUCTOR: LAUREN CHERELLE

PRICE: $99

Settings serve two main functions: to incite the reader’s imagination and serve as a vessel that carries characters from chapter to chapter. With that said, how hard are your settings working for you? We’ll tackle the tangibility of setting, as well as the descriptive details that illuminate setting. We’ll utilize your works-in-progress, group discussion, assignments, and brief reading assignments to strengthen your setting skills.


TOPIC: VOICE/POINT OF VIEW

DURATION: 5 WEEKS FROM JUNE 2, 2018 – JUNE 30, 2019

TIME: SUNDAYS, 2:30 – 4:30 PM EST

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: JUNE 16, 2019

INSTRUCTOR: STEPHANIE ANDREA ALLEN

PRICE: $99

Who’s telling your story? The protagonist, an unreliable narrator, or several different characters? How is that person or entity telling your story? Are they frenetic, dispassionate, animated, or something else? Point of view and voice can deeply affect the way readers view your characters and your story. In this workshop, we’ll cover the different types of narrators as well as how writers might use the narrator’s voice to tell a more compelling tale. Join us.

Black Lesbian Literary Collective