A 2021 Write Now! SF Bay anthology:

Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color

Final deadline: Dec 31, 2020

SUBMISSIONS CLOSED. Notifications by February 28, 2021.

Publication date: June 2021

Book Launch/Creative Showcase, June 2021

Virtual or onsite at San Francisco Main Library and Oakland Asian Cultrual Center

Photo by Kelechi Ubozoh

Calling all writers/artists of color and allies with ties to the San Francisco Bay Area. 


We each have a unique perspective that enriches our collective awareness. Write Now! SF wants to
hear your authentic voice and real-world experiences. No matter how little or much you have written,
we want you to submit your work! (no formal literary background required) We highly encourage Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian American, Middle Eastern, mixed heritage, LGBTQ+, and immigrant folx to submit to our anthology.


2020 has been a tumultuous year that tested every fiber of our being, and shook our relationships with family, community, and the nation. As our basic assumptions about life, fairness, and democracy were upended again and again, what essential truths have emerged for you?

About us: Write Now! SF Bay has been led by and for BIPOC Bay Area writers since 2015. We have worked for multicultural solidarity through community-based stories for 25 years through projects in community health, civil liberties and cultural preservation. Essential Truths: The Bay Area in Color will be our fourth anthology. For our previous books, see www.WriteNowSF.com/books.

Submit prose, poetry or visual art on any of these themes:

• What have you lost, what have you released, what have you gained?

• What has it been like living with uncertainty?

• What has tested and inspired you as a person of color or ally? 

• What gives you strength to keep going? What are your sources of inspiration?

• What have you learned? How are you working for positive, sustainable change?

• What are the challenges, lessons and rewards of becoming part of the solution?

Submission details

•  65-word bio

• 1 prose piece  up to 1200 words  (creative nonfiction, essay, or reality-based fiction)
   double-spaced, .doc or .docx. 

• OR: 1-3 poems, up to three single-spaced pages, .doc or .docx. 
• OR: 3 color or BW visual artworks (painting, drawing, collage, photo, etc.)      

   4 x 6 in, 300dpi JPEGs with titles and optional artist statement and/or captions
   (up to 500 words . doc/.docx)       


Please put your name and title in subject line (SUBMISSION: First Last Title)
Label filenames like this: FirstLastName_Title. 

Previously published works OK. Submit up to three times

Email to writenowsf@gmail.com

Submission fee $15 Dec 16 - Dec 31. Early bird $10 (through Dec 15). 

Notifications by February 28, 2021.
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Book Launch/Creative Showcase, June 2021

Virtual or onsite at Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library and Oakland Asian Cultural Center 

Questions? writenowsf(at)gmail(dot)com

WRITE NOW! SF Bay • www.WriteNowSF.com • writenowsf(at)gmail(dot)com

Fiscally sponsored by Intersection for the Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Intersection for the Arts is a historic arts nonprofit that provides people working in arts and culture with fiscal sponsorship and resources to grow.

Supported by the San Francisco Arts Commission. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit www.calhum.org.