Ends on September 1, 2017

About A Phoenix First Must Burn

“In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.”
—Octavia Butler

The past few years have brought the injustices suffered by people of color into sharp relief. Not just because people of color are being victimized and killed, but because when people of color rightly bring attention to the realities of their situation, they are shouted down by white people, and their experiences erased. 

This puts people of color in a better position than anyone to write about dystopian futures, and we want to hear about those futures. Take the events of the present to their logical conclusion. Introduce a new catastrophe that makes things worse, if possible. Tell us about the superpowers we will have to develop to survive. Tell us the story of our future with yourself as the lead character.

This issue will be open only to people of color. If you do not identify as a person of color, we ask that you not submit. 

Guideline Specifics

  •  fiction of up to 5,000 words in length, although shorter is probably better.
  •  double spaced, 12-point type, in Times New Roman or similar font
  •  Word document or text files only 
  •  authors may submit up to 5 pieces of flash fiction, no more than 1000 words each
  •  upload each piece as a separate document


Each author selected for publication will receive a digital copy (PDF, EPUB or MOBI) of A Phoenix First Must Burn as payment for the use of their piece. If Zoetic Press opts to include a print run of A Phoenix First Must Burn, contributing authors will be extended the opportunity to order print books at cost for as long as the anthology remains in print.


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