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General guidelines


kindling & sage magazine is a print + digital publication that features content created by Blak, Women of Colour, and Gender Diverse POC. We are a safe space to share ideas, experiences, knowledge and perspectives that strengthen our communities and inspire.


Our kindling section features opinion pieces, interviews, short stories, and book & movie reviews. Our sage section includes highlights from BIWOC-led businesses, classifieds advertising community groups and campaigns to support and a business directory we’re building up.

Please only submit work if you identify as a Blak/First Nations, Woman of Colour and/or Gender Diverse POC. We appreciate the support of allies, but only publish work created by POC.

We publish a broad range of articles, all in line with the kindling & sage personality: feisty, strong, smart, brave, outspoken, hopeful, resilient, inclusive. Have a browse through our website and social media to understand our brand.

kindling & sage is a unique platform and so are our writers. Our readers are excited to read new perspectives that are honest and smart, interesting narratives that draw on our writers' lived experience and interactions with the world. We publish thought-provoking pieces our readers will want to quote and talk about with their friends. We start conversations that our readers will want to amplify.

submitting a piece for our magazine

Submissions timeline for Issue n°3: JOY 

Submissions Open: Monday 27th of September
Deadline to submit a finished piece: Sunday 31st of October



Issue 3: Joy is a special release, due to be published in January 2022. This issue will include stories of joy, with a particular focus on food, love and community. We will only be accepting submissions of finished work and we will only publish works that adhere to the theme. 

We will be accepting:

- written work

- photo essays

Email your articles to with all your relevant details in the form of a standard .doc. or .pdf. Please include a cover letter with some background on yourself.


​We pay for all published articles.


Who can submit an article?

We welcome submissions from all Blak, Women of Colour and Gender Diverse People of Colour.

What type of article can I submit?


You can submit an article, opinion piece or short story (up to 1000 words). Please adhere to the theme of this issue: JOY - stories of food, love and community. We're looking for thought-provoking pieces, ideally, that strike a balance between lived experience, your views and a larger subject matter.

You can submit a photo essay. A photo essay should adhere to the theme of this issue, include a short introductory narrative, captions and an optional conclusion for a selection of no more than 6 original photographs. All photos must be taken by the author. ​

How do I submit an article/photo essay?

Send us an email with your article/photo essay attached and a cover letter with information about you. You can include information about your background and anything that you think we should know about you and your story.

Does it have to be an original piece or can I submit something that I've shared before?

We publish original pieces only. Please only submit work that has not been previously published, online or in print.

If you’d like to be featured in our Biz Directory or interviewed for our Business Highlights, please submit a cover letter with your information, some background on yourself and your business. Contact us at and use the subject line BUSINESS HIGHLIGHTS.


Have a question? Drop us a line at

micro stories on love

A micro story is a short story that is very short! In this case, only up to 100 words.

In 100 words or less, you will let us peek into a world of possibilities. A 100-word story is brief but evocative of the layers held within.

Are you up for the challenge?



❤️ The theme is love, in whatever way you choose to interpret it

❤️ Micro stories of up to 100 words

❤️ Original and unpublished work only

❤️ As per our general guidelines, Women of Colour and Gender Diverse People of Colour are invited to submit.

❤️ One submission per person


The competition is open from 6 pm, Friday, 5th of November until midnight, Sunday 21st of November.

No late submissions, please. Send your stories to


1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be published in Issue n°3: Joy, receiving each a copy of the magazine and

⚡1st place: $100

⚡2nd place: $50

⚡3rd place: $30