Color Bloq

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

***Check back in late November when we announce our Spring Collection and open call for submissions.***


Color Bloq / ColorBloq.org is a not-for-profit platform for queer & trans people of color. Our previous home was at EFNIKS.com.

It is our mission to build and curate quality content and experiences for our community. We are committed to sustaining our community-driven platform through: 

  • a digital magazine featuring non-fiction articles and essays, poetry, and visual arts; 
  • events including in-person and online discussion forums, panels, parties, and more. Our aim is to share conversations, build connections, and celebrate our collective joys in spaces where QTPoC live and thrive; and 
  • learning spaces where community members can engage, share, and develop skills related to organizing within and in relation to QTPoC cultures and histories.


Our platform is primarily funded through community donations and support from collaborating organizations. Color Bloq is maintained by a core staff of dedicated individuals, all of them queer & trans people of color. 


QUARTERLY NONFICTION PUBLICATION

You may submit a fully developed pitch OR complete article for consideration. Pitches must be 100(min) to 250(max) words, providing a solid foundation to develop a full essay. It needs to include a statement on the central theme as well as supporting information regarding how that theme will be explored. This will be roughly 1-2 paragraphs and may be written as either a potential introduction to the piece or as an essay summary. Submissions must substantially address the publication theme to which it is being pitched. All submissions will undergo editorial review.

You may only submit ONE PITCH per theme. All submissions should be uploaded using the following naming convention: “First Initial+Last Name - THEME” Ex: “ABraddock - ARMOR”


Feature-length Articles & Cultural Critiques

These articles focus on history; social, cultural, and/or political context; reporting and analysis; or deep study into a singular topic. We are looking for nonfiction essays/articles/critiques ranging from 1200-2000 words. 


Personal Essays

Personal essays are first-person stories by individuals on their own lived experiences and relationships to the thematic topic. We are looking for personal essays ranging from 600-800 words.


Alternative formats: Interviews, Reviews, Roundtables, etc. 

We encourage pitches that fall outside of longform formats that also centrally address the publication theme. These include, but are not limited to: interviews, reviews, roundtables, experimental mixed-format (i.e. photo essays), multi-person collaborations, and more. Alongside the requested 1-2 paragraph summary, alternative format pitches must provide a statement describing the suggested format as well as a brief justification explaining how the format enhances the contributor’s engagement with the theme. 


VISUAL ARTS

The Visual Arts portion of our Collections can follow a number of formats. We encourage pitches that fall outside of longform formats that also centrally address the publication theme. These include, but are not limited to: interviews, reviews, roundtables, experimental mixed-format (i.e. photo essays), multi-person collaborations, and more. Alongside the requested 1-2 paragraph summary, alternative format pitches must provide a statement describing the suggested format as well as a brief justification explaining how the format enhances the contributor’s engagement with the theme. 


COMPENSATION (ARMOR Collection)

Nonfiction Articles/Essays: up to $500 each.

Personal Essays: $200. 

Alternative Formats: up to $500 each (varies per content type) 

Visual Arts: up to $400 (varies per content type)


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