Nonwhite and Woman: 153 Micro Essays on Being in the World

Edited by Darien Hsu Gee and Carla Crujido

Woodhall Press is seeking well-crafted, true narratives from BIPOC writers who self-identify as women (cis/trans) for their upcoming anthology, Nonwhite and Woman: 153 Micro Essays on Being in the World.


Publication Date

April 8, 2022. Trade print and e-book, bookstore and e-tailer distribution through Independent Publishers Group (IPG).


About the Anthology

Nonwhite and Woman celebrates how women of color live and thrive in the world, and how they make their lives their own. The anthology’s title is from Lucille Clifton's luminous poem, won’t you celebrate with me, which serves as the anthology’s epigraph. Read the full poem here.


What We’re Looking For

How has the color of your skin influenced your life? What did you do to claim yourself and your identity, or how was it challenged? Show us a single moment, a string of vignettes, or literary snapshots of your life. We’re looking for micro essays, micro memoirs or prose poems of 300 words or less; please be sure to title your work. You may submit up to 3 pieces. Previously published work accepted—please indicate when and where the work has appeared and confirm that you hold the rights to reprint the work in our anthology. Emerging and established authors welcome.

Author Bio

Your author bio should be 100 words or less and include any previous or planned publications. Feel free to use your personal pronouns and include your ethnic identity/ethnography. You’ll also be invited to share your website and social handles. Please include an author photo along with any photography credit.


Deadline and Notification

The deadline to submit your work is April 30, 2021. We will notify all writers by July 30, 2021 if their work will be included in the anthology. Simultaneous submissions accepted; please notify us immediately if you need to withdraw your work. If your forthcoming work will be published prior to April 2022, you can still include it in our anthology provided you notify the journal or magazine where your work will originally appear and retain the rights to reprint the work in our anthology.


Contributor Copies

In lieu of payment, contributors will receive one (1) copy of the book. Contributors outside of the U.S. may have a copy sent to a U.S. address or opt for a digital copy.



We will be marketing the book across multiple channels and invite contributors to be interviewed individually and/or on a panel on the Woodhall Press Publish This! Instagram channel. We issue a press release and submit print and digital galleys to trade newspapers, magazines and websites including Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly.


How to Submit

We prefer that you submit your work through our submission portal on Google Forms (you will need a Gmail account). If you are unable to use Google Forms, please download the submission form and follow the instructions to submit your work via email. Due to COVID-19, we do not accept or acknowledge submissions by snail mail. If you have any questions, please email

What is Micro?

Examples of micro work can be found here:

About the Editors

Darien is a bestselling novelist with Penguin Random House and a recent Poetry Society Chapbook Fellow. Her novels have been published in 11 countries and her craft book, Writing the Hawaiʻi Memoir, won the Hawaiʻi Book Publishers’ Ka Palapala Poʻokela award. Darien has received a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant as well as a Vermont Studio Center fellowship. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Darien's poetry and essays have been anthologized and appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, CALYX Journal, New Delta Review, and Poetry Northwest, among others. She is a former board member of ZYZZYVA. Darien lives with her family on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi and is second-generation Chinese American. 


Learn more at Find her at @dariengee / @darienhsugee.

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Carla is a hapa writer of Filipino, Norwegian, Mexican, and German descent. She is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. A short story writer and essayist, Carla is originally from San Francisco, but now calls Phoenix home. 


Find her at @carlacrujido.

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