The Shade Journal is an online poetry journal focused on the empowerment of queer people of color (QPOC); publishing poems that inspires, devastates, and howls–work that challenges forms and upsets the cannon, but understands its rigorous and traditional roots.

The Shade Journal believes there is something divine about being a queer person of color in a world designed to destroy these bodies.

Here, the term, “shade” is defined as a space for QPOC to call home, while fostering a community for themselves and other QPOC.

Remember–you are beautiful. You are beautiful. You are beautiful.

We accept poetry, #ShadeOfTheWeek (Which is a Poem of the Week category), and book reviews.

Submissions are live now. Please visit our submissions manager for guidelines.


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