Through August 15th, we are accepting portfolio submissions from Black artists interested in doing cover art for us in 2022. Add yourself to the list here. Incoming Art Director Christian M. Ivey will be taking over for next year’s covers. He describes what he’s looking for below:

Hey y’all, 

I wanted to introduce myself a bit as the incoming Art Director for FIYAH and what it is I will be scouting for 2022 covers and beyond. 

First and foremost, I want to thank the current Art Director L.D. Lewis for the glorious work she has done. I plan to continue the groundwork she has laid with engaging color palettes, unique styles from varying skilled artists, and storytelling. A few of her covers that I adore are issues: 19, 14, 5, 9, and 3. 

I have a range of influences from all sorts of video games, fashion and brands, music, various African mythologies and symbols, manga and anime, the 70s & 80s SFF art, and Pop/relevant culture of the 90s and 00s. If folks are interested I still post a lot of influences on my Tumblr ( which I update regularly and on other social media (@ageedubb) as well in adjacent ways.

Lastly, I am looking for artists that are willing to collaborate to capture quiet speculative moments, vivid motion, changing of life, etc in stillness or gif. I am a fan of textures and layers, collage work, and animation. I have an affinity for line work, figures, distinctive styles over recent trends, and when an artist can take different elements and/or blend/clash them together. With all this said I am open to the possibility of something I can’t quite phantom within me writing this.  

I will always provide direction with a mood board and theme or prompt to start the collaboration for the cover. As always please do not self reject. 

Much Love, 

Christian M. Ivey

L.D. Lewis is an award-winning SF/F writer and editor, and publisher at Fireside Magazine. She serves as a founding creator and Project Manager for the World Fantasy and Hugo Award-winning FIYAH Literary Magazine. She also serves as the founding Director of FIYAHCON, boardmember for Diverse Voices, Inc., Researcher for the LeVar Burton Reads podcast, and pays the bills as the Awards Manager for the Lambda Literary Foundation. She frequently authors studies about the treatment and experiences of racially/ethnically marginalized authors in speculative literature. She is the author of A Ruin of Shadows (Dancing Star Press, 2018) and her published short fiction and poetry includes appearances in FIYAH, PodCastle, Strange Horizons, Anathema: Spec from the Margins, Lightspeed, and Neon Hemlock, among others. She lives in Georgia, on perpetual deadline, with her coffee habit, two very photogenic kittens, and an impressive Funko Pop! collection. Tweet her @ellethevillain.

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