Open Submissions Closed

AS OF JUNE 15,2017:









Hidden Charm Press seeks submissions from Black women for the print anthology Extra MoJo! #3 on the theme “The Power of Sisterhood”. The open submissions period is March 1 – June 15, 2017 for a summer release. There is no submission fee, and this is a non-paying market (meaning writers will receive neither monetary compensation nor a free copy).

HCP accepts poetry and flash memoir or social commentary.  An artistic personal narrative is wanted. No journalistic or heavily footnoted academic perspectives, thank you!

Considering the impact that the Black Lives Matter movement of the past few years, the Women’s March, and the post-Obama government  have had on you and your communities of women is especially encouraged, but the theme needn’t be so narrowly or strictly interpreted. Just tell us how the power of sisterhood has contributed to your peace of mind. Conversely, maybe explain what you wish would happen now, what has not been working and why.

1. E-mail: Subject line: Submission EM3.

2: Use Times New Roman 12.

3. Include the text of your work and a short bio in the body of the e-mail.  Attach your jpeg photo.

4. No simultaneous submissions or former print publications!  (Work previously published only online will be considered.)




Extra MoJo! #2 Available Now

Extra MoJo! #2, a print anthology of 14 Black women’s poetry and flash memoir) is now available on Amazon!

Thank you to the contributing writers for their patience and support as the publication date was delayed for a few months.



Cover image: “Maya” (photograph) © 2015 Patricia Wallace Jones

Writers:  Cherrell Bates * Anna K. Betts * Atlas Brown * Featured Writer Marcie Eanes * Rekaya Gibson * Meredith King * Diane L. Lewis * Lynda McLellan * April V. Parker * Helen Patmon * Brittany Rogers * Reena Walker * Robin G. White


Extra MoJo! (HCP, 2013) is also currently available on Amazon. 

Scroll down a couple of posts to the cover image and link.

[Updated October 7,  2016]


Margie Shaheed: Poetry Contest 2014 Winner

Playground: poems by Margie Shaheed

In this collection, the neighborhood bar is an adult playground. The metaphor is extended by a motif which includes children’s rhymes and references to toys and games. The language is gritty in spots, and sometimes profane, but always life-affirming.


PlaygroundCover cover image c. 2015 James Polacci

Margie Shaheed is a community poet, writer, and teaching artist. She is the author of Mosaic (NightBallet Press, 2013) and Onomatopoeia (NightBallet Press, 2015).   Her work has also appeared in print journals including Essence Magazine, Black Magnolias, The Mom Egg Review, and Blackberry as well as online at TimBookTu and Femficatio.

Mignon Ariel King’s Memoir

The memoir of a 50-year-old Black American woman who survived the ideological race, class, and gender wars in academe in the ’90s!  The narrative explains how Ms. King transformed from a former English instructor into a language artist and small-press publisher.  Good for her…but what about the following generations of girls?

Available on Amazon

Cover image: copyright 2012 Patricia Wallace Jones

Cover image: Copyright 2012 Patricia Wallace Jones