Rod 2.0 reports that New York Times bestselling author and television commentator Keith Boykin is accepting submissions through July 20 for a new anthology, For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough, a collection of writings on living life, confronting obstacles and believing in yourself.
The anthology (whose title is based on the 1974 choreopoem by playwright Ntozake Shange) was inspired by the stories of Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover (right), Jaheem Herrera, Raymond Chase, Joseph Jefferson and other young Black men who have died by suicide.
Entries are open to straight, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning people of color.
We are looking for inspirational stories centered around any one of the following four major themes: faith, family, love and work. Submissions should be between 1000 and 5000 words. Some of the essays published in the finished book will be long and some will be short. Send your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, email address, phone number, brief 1-paragraph bio and a jpeg photo with your submission.
We also want to tell the stories of real people (ordinary and extraordinary) who have dealt with, or are still dealing with, adversity in their lives. Of course we intend to include essays from gifted writers, published authors and well known public figures who have overcome obstacles. But we are also looking for college students, suicide survivors, and those who have faced bullying or harassment in their lives.
For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Still Not Enough will be published in March/April 2012.