As Us

A Space for Writers of the World


Sacred Spaces

 We are now OPEN for submissions for our next issue!

DEADLINE for Issue 6 is January 30, 2017

We exist in a country where we must constantly remind those in power of our humanity. We stand against continued colonial violence and hold our heads high in prayer and love for our communities and culture. Many places around the world are being threatened by greed, but we stand strong in our resilience. Our next issue will be dedicated to the protectors, defenders, and warriors. This is a global call for songs of survival, stories of sacred spaces, poems of protection, essays of experiences in taking a stand, and art honoring the earth from Standing Rock to Oak Flat to Mauna Kea, and every other place being threatened. We see you. Share your heartwork here. Submissions open to Indigenous writers, writers of color and allies.


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Submission Guidelines

As Us accepts original and previously unpublished works by Indigenous women and women of color. Simultaneous submissions are allowed but please inform us immediately if your piece is accepted elsewhere for publication. As Us accepts poetry, spokenword, creative nonfiction, fiction, academic essays, and more. If you have some innovative work or want to send us other genres, feel free to send it. We are looking for writing that moves us in some capacity whether that be on a craft, emotional, political, or story level.

ALL submissions should be in 12 pt Times New Roman, typed, paginated, and should include your name, address, phone number, and email address in the header of each page.

Poetry: please send us 3-5 poems.

Fiction: No more than 6,000 words.

Creative Nonfiction: No more than 6,000 words.

Academic Essays: No more than 6,000 words.

Spokenword: please send up 1-3 pieces. You may also include an audio or video of your work as well.

Reviews: If you have a review of a book written by an Indigenous author or a woman of color whose work you feel needs to be promoted we are definitely interested. Email for queries.

For ONLINE issues: We also accept photo essays, web comics, dance submissions, audio poems/prose, and more! If you think you have something that fits the mission, but isn’t listed on our page here, try us anyway!

For international submissions: Please include your writing in your language along with an English translation.

submissions will be accepted via submittable

  • Include name and genre in the subject line. (First Name Last Name – Poetry / Fiction / etc)
  • Include a brief cover letter with a short biographical statement (including your Indigenous affiliation or cultural heritage) with each submission.
  • Response time is typically 1-3 months.


24 comments on “Submissions

  1. Brenda Bell Brown
    January 14, 2013

    Please consider including scripts. Thank you.

    • tanayawinder
      January 14, 2013

      Hi Brenda, we are definitely up for including any kind of writing you feel deserves a space in the world. By all means – send us a script!

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  3. H. M. Aragón
    February 2, 2013

    Is there a theme for the submissions Feb 1 – April 15? Is this an on line publication? H M

  4. tanayawinder
    February 3, 2013

    There is no theme for the Feb 1 – April 15 submissions. It is just an open call for submissions. It will be an online publication and possibly print as well depending on our fundraising efforts/success.

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  6. Khadija Ghzaiel Bellagha
    February 15, 2013

    Do you accept submissions from Tunisia? I am tunisian and interested in your space. Thank you

  7. Gwendoline Y. Fortune
    August 7, 2013

    Noting your June-July reading period, do you have the next open reading period? I want to submit an essay.

    • tanayawinder
      August 8, 2013

      Hi Gwendoline. We reopen for submissions for Issue 3 in September. We look forward to receiving (and reading!) your essay.

  8. ewurabasempe
    October 5, 2013

    Do you accept more than one submission at a time? Thanks

  9. TM
    November 26, 2013

    Do you accept artwork? 🙂

  10. Tracy Sostand
    December 18, 2013

    Hi. When is the next opening for submissions?

    • tanayawinder
      December 20, 2013

      We closed for issue 3 on Nov 30th. We should open for issue 4 in February/March Definitely keep us in mind then!

  11. Feminist Rag
    March 23, 2014

    Hello there, could you kindly expand on this issue’s theme of Decolonial Love? I may have some submissions but not sure if they fit the theme. Thank u 🙂

    • tanayawinder
      March 28, 2014

      It’s open to interpretation. However you want to tackle or examine the theme in whatever form.

  12. ewurabasempe
    May 5, 2014

    Is this issue absolutely closed?

  13. Elsa
    January 28, 2015

    Hi… are you open to submissions from outside of the USA or is this space focused mainly on indigenous and women of colour in the USA? I have been conducting arts-based research with migrant women in South Africa and think that this would be an amazing space to share the work and/or feature one of the stories created during photo and narrative writing workshops.

    • tanayawinder
      January 28, 2015

      Hi! YES we publish indigenous women and women of colour from all over the world. Past issues have included writers from South Africa, Guam, Tunisia, and the Philippines. Please do submit work!

  14. Barbara robidoux
    March 1, 2015

    Is there a theme for issue 5?

  15. I’d like to submit for two sections Poetry and Academic Essays. Is that possible?

  16. bajluther
    June 27, 2015

    Hi thank you for your interesting platform. Am sad i came across this site after the deadline had passed hoping to participate when you re-open. eagerly waiting from Zimbabwe

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