DEADLINE EXTENDED!!!! CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Killens Review of Arts & Letters “Gathering at the Waters"

Call for Submissions

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Friday, July 14, 2017.

Killens Review of Arts & Letters

Fall/Winter 2017


“Gathering at the Waters: Connecting Family and Community through Literature and Art”

As we honor the centennial birth of poet, mentor, and humanitarian Gwendolyn Brooks this year, her poem “Paul Robeson” reminds us of the importance and interconnectedness of family and community. She ends the poem saying “… that we are each other’s / harvest: we are each other’s / business: we are each other’s / magnitude and bond.”

The theme of “Gathering at the Waters” connotes bringing together family and communities to look at the ways in which we affect and are part of each other’s lives. For the upcoming issue of the Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Fall 2017,  we want to continue that exploration of “connecting family through literature and art” in the works of Black writers. We seek submissions of creative nonfiction, fiction, essays, interviews, book reviews, poetry, memoir, photography, and visual artwork on the subjects of family, community, and unity in narratives that tell of healing, nurturing, cleansing, and reflection in the times we live in.

About the journal:

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

Submissions Guidelines:
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  and with Killens Review 2017 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.

Please send your submissions no later than July 14, 2017, to

Make sure you have “Fall 2017 Killens Review”  written in the subject line.

Or mail material to:

Center for Black Literature
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

RE: Killens Review

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

The Killens Review of Arts & Letters is published by The Center for Black Literature (CBL) at Medgar Evers College, of the City University of New York, 1650 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225; telephone: 718-804-8883.

Material in this publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without permission. Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the CBL. The Killens Review of Arts & Letters cannot be held responsible for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs, or artwork.