Submissions

Currently closed. Next submission window opens March 6th.

Guidelines

Who can submit work?

Middleground focuses on the voices of mixed race people. 
If you identify as such, and have a desire to tell or explore your racial identity and its meanings, ambivalences, and beauty, we'd love to hear from you.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for work that explores what it means to be mixed race – whether it's through family, language, food, the way you see yourself or society sees you. We want innovative work that:

  • explores mixedness through a new and personal lense

  • moves away from the concept of greyness 

  • looks closer at how that multiracial identity makes you fully you

 

For a clearer idea of what we are hoping to publish, please have a look at our existing issues. They're free and will let you know whether your piece might fit in.

Exploration of one's identity is a diverse and fluid journey, and Middleground wants to honour that. We accept:

  • Non-fiction up to 2,500 words

  • Fiction up to 2,500 words

  • Up to three poems per submission

  • Illustrations, photography, digital artwork, etc.

Submission guidelines

Please read all of these carefully before sending through any of your work:

  • Our next submission window will open on the 6th of March and close on the 18th of April. We will not accept any submissions prior to the opening date or past the deadline.

  • All contributors will be paid a small fee.

  • Send your submission to submissions.middleground@gmail.com as a word document (.doc or .docx), along with a short bio. If sending art, please ensure you include a JPEG or PNG version of your work as well. 

  • If sending art or photography, please send us high-quality pictures of your work. Please keep in mind that, while we love art installations, they don't tend to translate very well digitally. 

  • We only accept work by mixed-race individuals. If you would like to include a note on your ethnic background, you are welcome to do so, though this isn't a requirement.

  • Please send your submission with a subject as follows: GENRE (poetry, fiction, non-fiction or art) - YOUR NAME - Title of your piece

  • We only accept one submission per person for fiction and non-fiction, up to three poems for poets and up to four pieces for artists.

  • Please send us only finished pieces.

  • While we accept simultaneous submissions, we ask that you inform us immediately if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.

Have you got questions or an idea you want to discuss with us? Please get in touch! We can't wait to hear from you.