Submissions to Scarlet

Scarlet is a bimonthly blog dedicated to publishing the work of artists whose pieces give voice to the complexities of our multiple identities. In keeping with JIP’s mission to uplift marginalized voices, Scarlet aims to showcase bold and unique framings of the view from the margins, giving strong preference to writing that questions norms and provokes discourse. We are looking for work that redraws lines and reclaims spaces. Submissions should be original works of poetry or prose that amounts to 1500 words, or less.

Payment for submissions selected for publication on Scarlet is $80.
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Manuscript Submissions

We are looking for writing with no holds barred: visceral, subtle, loud, honest, confounding prose that tackles a personal or universal truth and that makes us see the world around us more clearly or from a different perspective. Whether the manuscript deals with themes related to social justice, persecution, feminism, or reveals something about what it’s like to struggle through this world, with all the related losses and triumphs and unanswered questions that entails, we want to read it! Our past publications explore these themes with an additional focus on intersectionality.

We are open to nonfiction and fiction submissions, short stories, and long-form prose. Above all, we are interested in superb writing that allows readers to question their place in the world and the nature of humanity at large. We can’t wait to read your work!

Nana-Ama Danquah's Vision Statement

I am drawn, first and foremost, to great writing, to well-constructed sentences that offer both substance and style.

I am primarily interested in memoir, narrative nonfiction, essay collections, and travelogues, but I would also encourage anyone with a novel that they believe might interest me to submit it.

I am drawn to work that takes risks, especially fish-out-of-water narratives. That is to say, narratives that explore issues such as: identity (racial, national, religious, class, gender, etc.); family relationships; journeys and migrations; coming of age; loss and grief.

These are a few of my favorite titles: Heavy by Kiese Laymon; Chronology of Water by Lidia Yuknavitch; How to Write an Autobiographical Novel by Alexander Chee; Heart Berries by Terese Mailhot; Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala; Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward; There There by Tommy Orange; Foreign Gods, Inc. by Okey Ndibe.

For nonfiction projects, please submit a formal proposal with sample chapter. For fiction projects, please submit a chapter plus a detailed synopsis of the entire book.

Lorinda Toledo's Vision Statement

I am seeking fiction and literary nonfiction, especially work by women, female-identifying, nonbinary, LGBTQ2+, Latinx/Chicanx, Indigenous, Black, and other People of Color, as well as those writing from an intersectional lens and liminal, complex, or uneasily defined positionalities.

I am most often drawn to literary fiction, literary mystery, magic realism, and memoir as well as work that straddles or expands genre (for example, Deborah Miranda’s mixed-genre memoir, Bad Indians). I love gorgeous sentence-level writing, complex female-identifying protagonists, propulsive storytelling, and a vivid setting; as well as themes of identity (for this reason, I often enjoy coming-of-age stories; my favorite is Janet Fitch’s White Oleander), family dynamics, nuanced and complex relationships, environmental justice, and creativity.

Please submit the first fifty pages of your manuscript along with a query letter that includes a brief synopsis of your work and a short biography.

Lisa Pegram's Vision Statement

I’m interested in submissions from authors who have a distinctive voice and write books that explore the lives and concerns of those who identify as women and/or people of color.

Compelling narratives that transcend the status quo to introduce new perspectives are my preference.

While I seek prose, my poetic sensibilities love rich, vivid writing that is mindful of the music/rhythm of language.

I’m a fan of historical fiction, such as Brit Bennet’s The Vanishing Half or Marlon James’ The Book of Night Women, and welcome an element of spirituality or magical realism. Books based in social justice, wellness, personal triumph or family dynamics fascinate me. Memoirs and works that explore the ways food and place inform the human experience are among my greatest joys.

Favorite authors include: James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, MFK Fisher,  Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Zora Neale Hurston, Audre Lorde, Arundhati Roy, and Ntozake Shange.

Genres of interest: Creative nonfiction, Memoir, Fiction (Adult & Middle Grade), Social Commentary, Travel and Food Writing.

Please submit a sample chapter and introductory letter with book synopsis.

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Jaded Ibis Press welcomes your comments or questions.

(submissions without full contact details will not be considered)
Authors are requested to inform Jaded Ibis Press immediately if the piece has been accepted by another publication.
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