The Journal of Black British Writing

Published in collaboration with the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies (CCDS), Goldsmiths, University of London.

Featuring words by Malika Booker, Denise Saul, Fred D'Aguiar, Courtney Conrad, Zakia Carpenter-Hall, Jacob Sam-La Rose and more.

Issue 1 - Summer 2021

Issue 2 - Summer 2022

Issue 3

Theme: Black British Writing Complexities

In the forthcoming Issue 3, we intend to highlight a range of complexities that illuminate as well as stimulate questions about Black British Writing as a body of work. We welcome, for example, submissions that engage the following: the aesthetic complexity of specific genres of writing, representation of complex familial heritage and their meanings, geographical and historical complexity in the writing, analysis of experimentation with poetic and other forms, examination of Windrush complexities in writing, and questioning of the UK’s university practice as well as that of publishing, and their impact on the corpus.

Rich in challenging and complex meanings, the writing tells of Black subjectivity and lived experience in several periods of an intensified global movement. How might these be contextualised, and/ or examined and understood from differing theoretical perspectives including decolonial poetics, creolisation, planetary entanglement (Mbembe), human ‘Other’ (Wynter) and feminism(s)?

BLACKLINES especially welcomes original creative writing, author interviews, book reviews, extracts from new publications, and so on.

To submit a proposed article, please send a brief Biog (100 words max) and an Abstract (300 words) to 

Papers should not exceed 10 pages double-spaced, followed by brief Endnotes (altogether 5,000 words max). For creative submissions, please send a brief Biog (100 words max) and sample writing not exceeding 1000 words.


Preview of Issue 2 

Blacklines is a limited-run print journal. To find out about requesting a copy, please get in touch.