Black Muslim Reads Guidelines

 

Guidelines

Deadline – September 30, 2019, at 11:59 pm EST

Original works with the author(s) having full rights.

Writers must be 18 years or older.

Submissions must be edited and proofread.

Poetry and Spoken Word

  • Page limit – 4
  • Images – None
  • Multiple Submissions –
    • Yes, limit of 4 pages
    • all submission in one document with headings
    • Each submission on a separate page in the same document

Fiction

  • Word Limit – 1K – 6K
  • Genre(s) –
    • Adult (main characters over 25), all genres except erotica
    • New Adult (main characters between 18-25), all genres except erotica
  • Images – None
  • Multiple Submissions –
    • Yes – limited to 6k words total
    • each submission in a separate document

Nonfiction

  • Word Limit – 1K – 4K
  • Genre(s) –
    • Memoirs
    • Semi-autobiography
    • Creative Nonfiction
    • Essays
  • Images – None
  • Multiple Submissions –
    • Yes – limited to 4k words total
    • each submission in a separate document

Multi-Genre Submissions

Writers may submit a mixture of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry/spoken word.

  • Word limit – 6k or 12 pages (Whichever is greater).
  • Submissions
    • Poetry – follow “poetry” guidelines above
    • Fiction – follow “fiction” guidelines above
    • Nonfiction – follow “nonfiction” guidelines above

Format

  • Word Document (attached to an email – no sharing links)
  • Font – Times New Roman
  • Margins – 1” (top, bottom, left, right)
  • Alignment – Left (no centering titles or subheadings)
  • Line Spacing –
    • Poetry: Single (space between stanzas)
    • Fiction and Nonfiction: Double
  • Paragraph
    • Paragraph Indent – First line
    • Paragraph Spacing – Remove extra space before and after paragraph
  • Author’s Name then Title – Bold
  • Headers and Footers – none
  • Pagination – none

Style

  • Chicago Manual Style
  • Use active voice as much as possible in all prose.
  • Oxford Comma – none
  • Exclamation Points –
    • limited use
    • no double exclamation points (!!) or exclamation points with a question mark (?!) unless it is part of a story’s text message or social media post dialogue.
  • Ellipsis –
    • Number – three (3)
    • Spacing – no spacing before or after
    • Use – use to indicate interrupted or faltering speech or to indicate a break in direct quotes.
  • Em Dash –
    • no spacing before or after
    • use to indicate an interruption in dialogue
  • Bibliographies on a separate page
  • Common Islamic Terms
Allah Quran Islam Salah Muslim
Zakah Hajj Sawm Sadaqah Abaya
Iman Wali Mahr Talaq Masjid
Hijab Khimar Thobe Kufi Jilbab
Umm/Ummi Abu/Abi Akh/Akhi Ukh/Ukhti Jumu’ah
*Do not include definitions of terms in the text or footnotes.

** The spelling of common Islamic terms may be changed to align with anthology standards

 

Edits

  • Each submission will go through review.
  • There will be at least one round of edits.
  • Writers will receive edit suggestions and should return the edited submission by November 15, 2019.

Writers retain the rights to their submission and may republish them after one year of the anthology’s release.

Contact us if you have any more questions.

 

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