Mukana Press is a new publishing press based out of California. The diversity-oriented establishment derives its name from the Shona word which means “opportunity.”

In that sense, they seek to provide writers from underrepresented communities, particularly from Africa, South Asia, the Middle East and Asia, a chance to introduce their work to a larger audience. According to their press statement, they exist to make access to publishing easier and simpler for underrepresented authors. To this end, they invest not only in the books they publish, but also the authors they sign.

The press has recently launched a call for submissions for their inaugural short story anthology. They are looking for fiction short stories of between 1,000 and 8,000 words from African authors. Submissions can be on any theme and take any form. Each featured writer would be paid a $500 advance, in addition to royalties on each book sold. Writers would also be offered the opportunity to get representation on full length manuscripts in the future.

Submission Deadline: November 30

Get more details on the press’ website.