I loved the library as a little girl. So often it can feel like such a thing of the past. Libraries that is. But I remember how I used to go, find a book, check it out with my card, and then get lost in a world that was not my own. 

My mom and I would take trips there. She would always recommend books for me and as I got older, she would just pass down what she was reading. There were so many great stories and authors names that escape me now. Although I had thoughts that I too could write stores, I never really imagined becoming an author too. 

As my path would have it, I came back to those stories I loved. I wanted to write about my experiences and my journey. As I dug into the work, I remembered things like how small the African-American literature section was. And I had no understanding of why our stories weren't the same as everyone else's. Why weren't we simply, literature? 

Lee & Row Books did the first major study of diversity in publishing and found that 80% of people who work in publishing were self-defined as white. 77% specifically in marketing and promo. With gatekeepers that don't necessarily look like us or understand how to reach us, many of our stories remain untold to the masses. 

Among Amazon editors' top 20 picks of 2014, just three authors were minorities. It's not that we don't have amazing works, they just seemingly don't receive the acclaim or visibility. 

 

 

"Writers shouldn't romanticize rejection: in the literary world, talent isn't hiding. It's being ignored." Kavita Das, The Atlantic.

I'm not sure if we're not submitting enough or whether our voices are not seen as universal, but I know there is a lack of representation of authors of color on the larger stage of major publishing. And I believe the infrastructure to tell those stories is much needed.

I started out so focused on what I wanted to say, but it became important to me to become the catalyst to amplify the voices of other writers like me as well. I always feel there is more we can do together than apart. 

As a part of that work, I am introducing, "Permission to Write," a digital literary journal to help promote the work of writers of color. This quarterly publication features essays, creative non-fiction, and book excerpts from talented writers across the country.

In my own career, I stopped asking for permission and just started doing and I want to give writers like you the opportunity to do the same.

xo,

Ashley  

 


Are you excited about reading work from independent authors and writers across the country? This is your opportunity to discover your new favorite writers. Receive your quarterly copy of Permission to Write by signing up below! The first issue is set to be released June 2017! 

Guidelines

We are looking for some amazing stories and perspectives on life, love, identity, dream chasing, writing, womanhood, manhood, exploration, and so much more. If you are a writing looking to expand the audience for your work, we would love to hear from you!

We are accepting essays, creative nonfiction, fiction, and book excerpts. 

Submissions are due April 10th for the inaugural issue and should not exceed 800 words and are open to both female and male writers of color.

Please review before submitting!

  • By submitting, you acknowledge that you are the sole copyright owner and this is your original work.
  • WLD Publishing assumes no ownership of your work and will publish solely as a promotional opportunity.
  • You agree to give WLD permission to exploit work digitally and use your namesake as well as snippets from the work for promo on the world wide web.
  • Submit only one piece per issue.
  • You will receive a response if we decide to publish your piece. We cannot reach out to everyone that was not selected.
  • You will not be monetarily compensated for your submission (Yet. We hope to pay writers in the future, but the the journal is free to subscribers for now) 

Submissions are now closed for the inaugural issue and will re-open, June 2017. 

The Team

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Ashley M. Coleman, Editor in Chief 

The creator of WriteLaughDream.com, Ashley is an author, workshop facilitator and avid dreamer. She has independently published two books, "Dear Love: A Love Letter to You" and "Love on Purpose." Her freelance writing has been published in JUMP Magazine, GRAMMY.com, Essence.com and many more. She's an advocate for writers finding their voice and learning how expand their reach. 

Edie R King

Edie King, Project Manager 

Edie is a therapist and writer from the Greater Philadelphia area. She specializes in the substance abuse population, and believes "we're all recovering from something". Edie holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Eastern University, and is also a National Board Certified Counselor. Her self titled blog focuses on mental, emotional, and spiritual growth and wellness.

Are you passionate about building a platform for writers of color? We need you! 

We are looking to build a small team of pen, paper, and book enthusiast that love reading, writing, and supporting the work of writers of color. 

Right now we are looking for team members in the areas of: 

  • Design
  • Photography
  • Social Media 
  • Membership Manager

This is an unpaid opportunity with the intention to grow into a compensated role. You are able to both submit work and to be a part of the team. 


Do you have a writing product (journals, candles, tea, etc.) catered to minorities 24-34 that you are interested in advertising? Feel free to contact us for more details.

 All inquiries about Permission to Write can be sent to hello@writelaughdream.com. 

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