Thank you to everyone who submitted and contributed to our Dystopian issue!
The Afrofuturism Issue will kick off this Friday, March 17th and run until April 30th. As you know, we held a special contest to seek a unique cover design for the issue. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graphic design student, Keenan Dailey, came in first place for his extraordinary artwork, “Calliope”. Keenan’s artwork will be on display in our online gallery throughout the length of the issue.
This issue will also see the return of poetry to the magazine. We’ll be accepting essays, short fiction, and poetry that embody the essence of Afrofuturism. For those unaware of what Afrofuturism is, please read below:
Afrofuturism is a literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentrism, and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of black people, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past. First coined by Mark Dery in 1993, and explored in the late 1990s through conversations led by scholar Alondra Nelson, Afrofuturism addresses themes and concerns of the African diaspora through a technoculture and science fiction lens, encompassing a range of media and artists with a shared interest in envisioning black futures that stem from Afrodiasporic experiences. Seminal Afrofuturistic works include the novels of Samuel R. Delany and Octavia Butler; the canvases of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Angelbert Metoyer, and the photography of Renée Cox; and the explicitly extraterrestrial mythoi of Parliament-Funkadelic, the Jonzun Crew, Warp 9, Deltron 3030, and Sun Ra. (Wikipedia)
We’re excited to see what you come up with!