Black Memoirs Matter. The Anthology

Memoir Magazine is committed to sharing stories that need to be told. That’s why we are publishing:

Black Memoirs Matter.

The Anthology


The Black Memoirs Matter Anthology will highlight crucial creative nonfiction by writers of African descent.

Submissions are open to all writers of the African Diaspora, regardless of country of origin or residence.

We are excited to read Memoir and Creative Nonfiction on all aspects and subject matter of Black Life from many countries and cultural backgrounds.

Our goal is to chronicle the global Black Experience through memoir.
At the same time, we are looking for universal truths that transcend race, like mental health, self-love, parenting, etc.

Your memoir submission word count should range anywhere from 500 to 4,000 words in length.

Your essay must be written in the first person. It can explore any aspect of your life experience; it may or may not specifically deal with justice or race.

Tell us your story!

Tell us your grandparent’s story!

Simultaneous entries and previously published works are acceptable. We seriously encourage emerging and unpublished writers to apply.

We pay a $50 honorarium upon acceptance. Authors will also receive a print version of the book after publication. The work must be available non-exclusively. This means that our publication may continue to sell the book containing the selected works, but at all times, authors retain all rights to use their individual works elsewhere.

We look forward to reading your work!

  • The submission period is now open until midnight on August 31, 2022
  • Open to all writers with at least one parent of African descent. Emerging writers and underrepresented voices are encouraged to submit!
  • 4000-word max.
  • NonFiction only.
  • $25 to enter.
  • International submissions welcome.
  • Previously published work is allowed.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions are allowed
  • Pseudonyms are totally allowed. No judgment.
  • All contest entries shall be considered for standard nonfiction publication in Memoir Magazine.
There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.” – Maya Angelou

From Wikipedia: A diaspora (/dˈæspərə/ dye-AS-pər-ə) is a scattered population whose origin lies in a separate geographic locale. Historically, the word diaspora was used to refer to the mass dispersion of a population from its indigenous territories, specifically the dispersion of Jews from the ancient Kingdoms of Israel and Judea. Whilst the word was originally used to describe the forced displacement of certain peoples, “diasporas” is now generally used to describe those who identify with a geographic location, but now reside elsewhere.

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