Have a story that needs to be told? Or art that begs to be seen?
Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
We invite stories from badass Black voices that explore post-colonial themes and topics ranging from family turmoil and personal struggles, to political and social warfare.
Fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays
Send us fiction, creative nonfiction, and essays (up to 3,500 words; please do not send another submission until we have responded to the first one.)
We’re also interested in poetry, any form or genre (no more than 3 poems per reading period)
Simultaneous submissions are acceptable but we must be notified immediately should your work be accepted elsewhere for publication.
If you are a visual artist and would like to have your work considered by Unfolding, please send us a letter of introduction (pasted into the body of an email). Include the artist’s name, full address, phone and email, along with a short biography written in third person. Include both the title and the actual dimensions of each piece that has been photographed. Please indicate any additional links/gallery websites for our reference.
We accept images attached as .jpg with a minimum 300 dpi resolution. Submit 4-6 photographs and/or 2-5 works of art. Simultaneous submissions are welcome, but please notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. Please do not send another submission until we have responded to the first one.
We consider artwork and photography on a rolling basis.
We consider each submission with care and integrity. Although it may take up to 6 months for us to reach an editorial decision, we’ll do our best to respond promptly to submissions and to general correspondence. After 6 months, please feel free to query.
M.J. Fievre, the Badass Black Girl, is the author of Happy, Okay? Poems about Anxiety, Depression, Hope, and Survival and Badass Black Girl: Questions, Quotes, and Affirmations for Teens. She helps others write their way through trauma, build community and create social change. She works with veterans, disenfranchised youth, cancer patients and survivors, victims of domestic and sexual violence, minorities, the elderly, those with chronic illness or going through transition and any underserved population in need of writing as a form of therapy—even if they don’t realize that they need writing or therapy. M.J. is a long-time educator and frequent keynote speaker (Tufts University, Massachusetts; Howard University, Washington, D.C.; the University of Miami, Florida; and Michael College, Vermont; and a panelist at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference, AWP). She is available for book club meetings, podcast presentations, interviews and other author events.
Jessica Faroy has a B.A in English and comparative literature from the Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA. Her thesis focused on code-switching and the Antillean critical theory. At Mango, she works closely with Yellow Pear Press and the Diversity Focus Group, and has acquired books like Let Me Count the Ways, Oh Sis, You’re Pregnant? and One Bee Too Many. When she’s not reading, you can find her bartending somewhere in South Florida. Originally from Havana, Jessica lives in Miami.
Morena Guerrero has a B.A. in English literature and a certificate in technical and professional writing from Florida International University. At Mango, she is a Publicist for all of the Mango books. In her free time, she loves to (unsurprisingly) read and write, in a never-ending quest to finish all the books in her library. She also enjoys tending to her garden and skating around town.
Minerve Jean is a Haitian-born storyteller who shares her poetry and writings unapologetically. She believes in the power of words and their ability to help and heal. Her debut book For The Secrets That Gave Themselves Away is an anthology of raw poetry where she uses words to paint pictures that will resonate with the human soul. She has also contributed pieces to Hercampus, Orange and Blue Magazine and MLNNYC. In her free time, she likes to snack on Avocado toast and curl up with a good book.
Nathaniel Parker is a first-generation American of Jamaican immigrants. He is a writer based in Plantation, Florida, but is from Harlem, New York. With roots in a place of historically powerful Black artistry, he feels an obligation to add to the evolution and advancement of Black expression and representation. He received a B.A. in English from Florida Atlantic University, and enjoys writing stories that range from the fantastic to the bizarre; stories that hold the imagination captive, but are simultaneously rooted in the Black experience.
Yaddyra Peralta is an associate editor at Mango. Based in Little Haiti, Miami, she has an MFA in creative writing from Florida International University. During her time at Mango, she has been editor for books like Seven Sisters and a Brother, The Book of Awesome Black Americans, and Behind the Kingdom’s Veil. She is currently the director of the FIU Business Press imprint. In her free time, she loves to read and write poetry.
Nehemie Pierre serves as an editorial research analyst at Mango Publishing. She has a B.A. in writing & rhetoric with a minor in journalism. She is a Miami native and calls herself lucky to call this city home. Nehemie has over eight years of experience in editing and writing copy for different businesses, nonprofits, digital publications and digital influencers. Nehemie has a podcast where she authentically aligns the conversation to include her faith, mental health and some life lessons she’s picked up on the way. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering in her local community, laughing with friends, and writing to-do lists.
Jasmine Respess works as marketing analyst and editor at Mango Publishing Group. In these positions, she seeks out and elevates Black voices and stories. She is a Central Florida native who writes about the intersections of her black Southern and Caribbean identities. Jasmine spent her undergrad career as a journalist, so she utilizes interviews of family members and research in much of her work. The tradition of magical realism has inspired her, so she explores folktales, lore, and natural Florida in her poems and non-fiction work. Currently, Jasmine lives in Coral Gables with her two Dachshund/Chihuahua rescues. She has lived in New Orleans and New York as well. She recently earned an MFA in Poetry from The New School, NY.