Call for Submissions

Black Writers for Peace and Social Justice is excited to announce a call for submissions for our quarterly digital publication, The Rebel’s Zeitgeist.

We invite Black writers from around the world to submit their original poetry, short fiction, essays, book reviews, short plays, and music reviews for consideration. Our journal is dedicated to amplifying voices that explore themes of social justice, radical resistance, and the revolutionary liminal spaces that shape identity.The Rebel’s Zeitgeist seeks to publish work that challenges the status quo, offers new perspectives on systemic injustices, and celebrates the rich diversity of the Black experience.

We are particularly interested in pieces that:

  • Poetry: Captures the essence of resistance and resilience through evocative and powerful verse.
  • Short Fiction: Tells compelling stories that highlight struggles and triumphs in the fight for justice and equality.
  • Essays: Provides insightful analysis and commentary on contemporary social issues and historical events impacting Black communities.
  • Book Reviews: Critically examines works by Black authors, focusing on themes of social justice and transformative change.
  • Short Plays: Presents dramatic works that engage with revolutionary ideas and the complexities of identity.
  • Music Reviews: Analyzes and discusses music and artists that push through conventions with sonic innovation and creativity.

We welcome submissions from both emerging and established writers who are passionate about using their craft to promote peace and social justice. Each piece should reflect a commitment to these ideals and contribute to the ongoing dialogue around equity and liberation.

Submission Guidelines:

Format: Submissions must be in digital format (Word or PDF).


Poetry: Up to 3 poems, not exceeding 100 lines in total.

Short Fiction: Up to 5,000 words.

Essays: Up to 3,000 words.

Book Reviews: Up to 1,500 words.

Short Plays: Up to 20 pages.

Music Reviews: Up to 1,500 words.

Deadline: Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, but to be considered for the upcoming issue, please submit by [specific date].

How to Submit: First, become a BWPSJ through Patreon by clicking here. Take a screenshot verifying you are a BWPSJ member on Patreon and send the screenshot with your submisstion to submissions [at] with the subject line “Submission: [Category] – [Your Name]”.

Join us in creating a platform that not only showcases literary excellence but also inspires and galvanizes action toward a more just and equitable world. We look forward to reading your work and sharing it with our global audience. Submission deadline August 1.

The Rebel’s Zeitgeist – where words become a force for change.