Mission Statement

The Amistad is Howard University’s literary arts journal. Our goal is to elevate the creative voices of the Black diaspora through poetry, fiction, interviews, and art. We strive to publish the best up-and-coming voices in conjunction with local and established writers to create a journal that speaks directly to the black community. Under the banner of Howard - a premier Historically Black College and University - we are continuing the legacy of the campus’ great voices (Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Amiri Baraka,  Lucille Clifton, and Paul Laurence Dubar) by publishing unique works that push the boundaries of craft and theme. We are open to all writers and artists that speaks directly to our continuing mission. 


Call for Submissions

The Amistad is seeking previously unpublished work that speaks to our mission statement. We encourage multiple submissions in different genres, and we are taking 12 pt, double-spaced and Times New Roman submissions of:

  • Poetry: 3-5 poems (no more than seven pages)
  • Fiction: 5,000 words, maximum 
  • Flash Fiction: 1000 words
  • Essays: 2000 words
  • Visual Art: All art is welcomed, but it must be submitted as a JPEG, PNG, or PDF, with a title and an intro. Please submit no more than 5 pieces.

In your subject line, please note the genre of your submission and your initials. If your work is accepted elsewhere (congratulations!), please let us know.

Our reading period is December 1, 2020 - February 16, 2021. All writers will be notified of their work by the end of March 2021. 

Email: Nick Seifert nicholas.seifert@howard.edu with any questions or concerns

Mission Statement

The Amistad is Howard University’s literary arts journal. Our goal is to elevate the creative voices of the Black diaspora through poetry, fiction, interviews, and art. We strive to publish the best up-and-coming voices in conjunction with local and established writers to create a journal that speaks directly to the black community. Under the banner of Howard - a premier Historically Black College and University - we are continuing the legacy of the campus’ great voices (Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Amiri Baraka,  Lucille Clifton, and Paul Laurence Dubar) by publishing unique works that push the boundaries of craft and theme. We are open to all writers and artists that speaks directly to our continuing mission.
 

Guidelines

The Amistad is seeking previously unpublished work that focuses on our mission statement. We encourage multiple submissions in different genres, and we are taking 12 pt, double-spaced and Times New Roman submissions of:
 

  • Poetry: 3-5 poems (more more than seven pages)
  • Fiction: 5,000 words, maximum 
  • Flash Fiction: 1000 words
  • Essays: 2000 words
  • Visual Art: All art is welcomed, but it must be submitted as a JPEG, PNG, or PDF, with a title and an intro. Please submit no more than 5 pieces.

 In your subject line, please note the genre of your submission and your initials. If your work is accepted elsewhere (congratulations!), please let us know.

Our reading period is December 1, 2019 - February 16, 2020. All writers will be notified of their work by the end of March 2020. 

Ends on

Mission Statement


The Amistad is Howard University’s literary arts journal. Our goal is to elevate the creative voices of the Black diaspora through poetry, fiction, interviews, and art. We strive to publish the best up-and-coming voices in conjunction with local and established writers to create a journal that speaks directly to the black community. Under the banner of Howard - a premier Historically Black College and University - we are continuing the legacy of the campus’ great voices (Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Amiri Baraka,  Lucille Clifton, and Paul Laurence Dubar) by publishing unique works that push the boundaries of craft and theme. We are open to all writers and artists that speaks directly to our continuing mission.

Guidelines

The Amistad is seeking previously unpublished work that focuses on our mission statement.We encourage multiple submissions in different genres, and we are taking 12 pt, double-spaced and Times New Roman submissions of:
 

  • Poetry: 3-5 poems (more more than seven pages)
  • Fiction: 5,000 words, maximum 
  • Flash Fiction: 1000 words
  • Essays: 2000 words
  • Visual Art: All art is welcomed, but it must be submitted as a JPEG, PNG, or PDF, with a title and an intro. Please submit no more than 5 pieces.

 In your subject line, please note the genre of your submission and your initials. If your work is accepted elsewhere (congratulations!), please let us know.

Our reading period is December 1, 2019 - February 16, 2020. All writers will be notified of their work by the end of March 2020. 

Mission Statement

The Amistad is Howard University’s literary arts journal. Our goal is to elevate the creative voices of the Black diaspora through poetry, fiction, interviews, and art. We strive to publish the best up-and-coming voices in conjunction with local and established writers to create a journal that speaks directly to the black community. Under the banner of Howard - a premier Historically Black College and University - we are continuing the legacy of the campus’ great voices (Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Amiri Baraka,  Lucille Clifton, and Paul Laurence Dubar) by publishing unique works that push the boundaries of craft and theme. We are open to all writers and artists that speaks directly to our continuing mission. 

Guidelines

The Amistad is seeking previously unpublished work that focuses on our mission statement. We encourage multiple submissions in different genres, and we are taking 12 pt, double-spaced and Times New Roman submissions of:

  • Poetry: 3-5 poems (more more than seven pages)
  • Fiction: 5,000 words, maximum 
  • Flash Fiction: 1000 words
  • Essays: 2000 words
  • Visual Art: All art is welcomed, but it must be submitted as a JPEG, PNG, or PDF, with a title and an intro. Please submit no more than 5 pieces.

In your subject line, please note the genre of your submission and your initials. If your work is accepted elsewhere (congratulations!), please let us know.

Our reading period is December 1, 2019 - February 16, 2020. All writers will be notified of their work by the end of March 2020. 

About

The Amistad is excited to announce its first annual creative writing contest, the May Miller Creative Writing Award.

Born in 1889 and active during the Harlem Renaissance, May Miller was a playwright, poet, and teacher. The child of Howard professor Kelly Miller and later a Howard graduate herself, Miller came of age on Howard’s campus. After graduation in 1920, Miller’s prizewinning play, The Bog Guidehelped establish her in the black cultural scene. Subsequent publications, including Scratches (1929), Stragglers in the Dust (1930), Nails and Thorns (1933), among others, cemented Miller as the most widely published woman playwright of the Harlem Renaissance. Miller went on to study poetry at American University and Columbia University, ultimately publishing over a half dozen poetry collections, including Halfway to the Sun (1981) and Collected Poems (1989). A devoted community advocate, Miller also maintained a lengthy and successful teaching career at Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, Maryland.

May Miller devoted her life to writing and education and, at every turn, prioritized the value of Black lives and stories. Her life’s work speaks to the very heart of our literary arts journal. We are proud to honor May Miller’s legacy with an award catered to Howard University students.

The May Miller Creative Writing Award is open to current Howard University undergraduate,  graduate, transfer, and former students as well as alumni. While there are no thematic criteria surrounding content, we are looking for work that speaks to the journal’s mission statement. Writers can submit two pieces of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction. One winner will receive $200 and will be published in the spring edition of The Amistad.

Each year, the contest is blindly judged by a prominent author. We’re thrilled Dr. Tony Medina, poet and professor of creative writing at Howard, will serve as our inaugural judge.

This contest is funded by the Howard University Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Science and sponsored by the Department of English.

Eligibility

- Writers can submit two (2) pieces of either poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction

- Additional submissions will not be judged

- Each submission must be uploaded separately

- Current undergraduate and graduate students as well as transfer and non-graduates are welcome

- Open to all majors

- Proof of Howard affiliation may be required

- Questions can be directed to Nicholas.seifert@howard.edu

The Amistad