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BIPOC Solidarities Special Issue - Call For Submissions!

Call for submissions: BIPOC Solidarities


What conversations would you have in a room filled with fellow BIPOC writers? What stories would you write for one another that you have held back from publishing in a pervasively white literary industry? The Fiddlehead invites submissions of poetry, fiction, creative-nonfiction, and cross-genre innovations by racialized writers residing in the area known as Canada (citizenship not required). This includes writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of colour, and racialized writers who wish to push back against the BIPOC acronym. Possible topics and considerations include, but are not limited to:


  • BIPOC solidarities (eg. with Indigenous land defenders, with Black Lives Matter, with undocumented migrant workers, etc.)
  • Critiques of the BIPOC acronym and its tensions or exclusions
  • Intersections with other identities/oppressions such as gender, sexuality, ability, class, etc.
  • Immigration and diaspora
  • Relationships to the English language (eg. dialect, ESL, accents, multilingual work)
  • Treaty responsibilities
  • Tokenism
  • Complicity
  • Mixed-race identities
  • Colourism
  • Literary craft beyond/outside of Eurocentric standards
  • Subversions of “CanLit”
  • Self- and community-care as resistance against white supremacy
  • BIPOC love, kinships, and joy

The general rule of only submitting once per calendar year does not apply to the BIPOC Solidarities issue. Please do submit to the BIPOC issue, even if you have already submitted to one of our regular submission periods this year! 

The issue will be edited by Fiddlehead poetry editor Rebecca Salazar, creative nonfiction editor Rowan McCandless, incoming poetry editor Phoebe Wang, incoming fiction editor Saleema Nawaz and advisory editor Shannon Webb-Campbell.

This special issue is meant as an opening, extending the invitation to BIPOC writers to transform the content and spirit of The Fiddlehead far beyond a single issue; this issue is a commitment to transformation and accountability.

The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2021. 



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