Hands up Don’t Shoot – Call For Submissions

Winter Tangerine Review (WTR), a literary and arts organization, is curating a special feature called Hands Up Don’t Shoot that will explore what it means to be black in America. The concept for the feature, part of WTR’s Spotlight Series, stemmed from the realization that unchecked police brutality and institutionalized racism in America allows for the unjust murder of black citizens, defying the claim that this country is “post­racial”.

Hands Up Don’t Shoot will exclusively feature African­ Americans creating art out of this injustice. The feature will be guest ­edited by the following critically ­acclaimed writers and artists: Danez Smith, Alysia Harris, Kameelah Rasheed, Patrick Earl Hammie, Khadijah Queen, Randi Butler, Kiese Laymon, Sam Vernon, Cameron Awkward­ Rich, and Fahamu Pecou.

Submissions of poetry, prose, and visual art will be accepted free of charge from December 10, 2014 to January 10, 2015. Hands Up Don’t Shoot will be released on February 5, 2015, in honor of Trayvon Martin’s birthday, on the Winter Tangerine website at

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