OUR STORY

bigblackbooks is a new Afro-literary platform here to pay Black readers, writers, authors, and publishers their literary dues. Launched in February 2021, bigblackbooks is a multiform project that is always searching for ways to build up the Afro-literary world.

Please note that our editor-in-chief is half-Black.

 

OUR PUBLICATION

Our bi-annual digital and print publication is dedicated to spotlighting emerging Black writers. Submissions for Issue 1 will open on October 1.

If you are an emerging Black fiction, non-fiction, or other writer with few to no publications, we are keen to read your work.

 

OUR BLOG

Our blog is dedicated to digitally publishing reviews, interviews, op-eds, essays, criticism, lists, and other features on a different category each month. From romance and memoir to historical fiction and coming-of-age stories, we love it all.

bigblackbooks is conscious of how Western literary genre categorisations exclude alternative modes of storytelling. Our ultimate goal is to trouble how we think about genre and build a world where we tell the stories we want to tell, in the ways we want to tell them. This September about self-help.

We open to requests for reviews, interviews, or any type of collaborative work with similarly-minded partners. We’re waiting for your email at bigblackbooks@hotmail.com. 

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