As Us

A Space for Women of the World


Voices of Women of Color in Higher Education– As/Us Special Issue


 We are now OPEN for submissions for our next issue to be guest edited by Ramona Beltrán

DEADLINE for Issue 6 is January 29, 2016

Recent events around the country have illuminated the insidious and pernicious experiences of racism facing students and faculty of color in institutions of higher education. Despite a national discourse heralding inclusive excellence in universities, these institutions have yet to embody the praxis of inclusivity. Instead, students of color as well as faculty and staff of color often regularly experience verbal assaults, harassment, microaggressions and a general feeling of isolation and lack of culturally responsive support. In terms of the experience of faculty, much has been documented specifically regarding the lived experiences of institutionalized oppression faced by women of color faculty [1]. A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education described the impact of “invisible labor” for minority professors, particularly women of color, as the pressure we feel to “serve as role models, mentors, even surrogate parents to minority students, and to meet every institutional need for ethnic representation”[2]. While we meet these demands, our work is also often rooted in marginalized communities (that we may even be a part of) and valued less in the eyes of the traditionally White, masculine, upper class, Western, heteronormative academic model[3]. As studies and current media emerge describing the challenges we face as women of color in higher education, we continue to live the experiences daily.

This special issue of As Us celebrates the powerful voices of women of color, gender non-conforming and trans people of color in academia (students, faculty, staff, or affiliates). We are seeking submissions that reflect complex, intersectional, lived experiences and celebrate resistance and survivance[4] of our communities within academia. It is our hope that this issue may share creative expressions that contribute to finding nuanced solutions to the most pressing issues of inclusion in our institutions of higher learning.

[1] For a more comprehensive overview of these issues, see Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. (2012) Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs, Yolanda Flores Niemann, Carmen G. Gonzalez, and Angela P. Harris. (Eds.) Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press.

[2] June, A.W. (2015). The invisible labor of minority professors. The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 8, 2015.

[3] Beltrán, R. & Mehrotra, G. (2014). Honoring our intellectual ancestors: A feminist of color treaty for creating allied collaboration. Affilia: 1-11. DOI: 10.1177/0886109914531958

[4] A critical term used in Native American Studies, coined by Anishinaabe author, Gerald Vizenor, Survivance is defined as “an active sense of presence, the continuance of native stories, not a mere reaction, or a survivable name. Native survivance stories are renunciations of dominance, tragedy and victimry.” from

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.


23 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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