The Random Thoughts‏ Creative Writing Prize

 Opens October 14 and closes after 40 submissions. The Random Thoughts starts its new Prize in Creative Fiction, with this year’s theme being “Sisterhood.” It bases this theme on the underlying sisterhood that is prevalent in the Ghanaian community and culture. Women often come together to collaborate on projects. They also work for and with each other to reach the highest limit. It [ … ]

Submit to Kabaka Magazine

Deadline: Dec.12. Kabaka Magazine is a quarterly queer literary magazine. It publishes original, unpublished poetry, fiction, visual arts, photography, videos, non-fiction: interviews, reviews,  memoir pieces, and essays. It wants works that interrogate what it means to be queer and African. Kabaka Magazine believes that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex lives are part of the African experience and culture. As [ … ]

Submit to the RIC Journal Blue Themed Issue

Deadline: Oct. 12. It’s the Ric Journal’s anniversary month. And to celebrates, it calls for submissions around the theme: Blue, lapis-Vermeer-beyond-sea. Send in words, images, sounds, dreams, landscapes, love letters, and more in the color Blue. Normally, the RIC Journal seeks experimental works including (but not limited to) essays, fiction, poetry, visual arts, impressions, sounds, etc. It also offers no word limit [ … ]

2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2017 (11:59 p.m). Commonwealth Writers today opened its 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize submission calls on Sept. 1. It awards the prize to the writer of the best unpublished short fiction written in English by a Commonwealth citizen. It accepts stories written in English, Bengali, Chinese, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, and Tamil, as well as translated entries. The panel of judges places entries into [ … ]

Ebedi Review Calls For Submissions

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2017. The editors of The Ebedi Review call for submissions for the third edition of the review. The Review publishes articles from the residents of Ebedi International Writers Residency, Iseyin Nigeria. Also, it publishes short stories, photos, and poems from non-resident writers. Submit short fiction no more than 1,000 words long or non-fiction no more than 1500 words. [ … ]

Submission Call: isiZulu’s Kwasukela Books

Deadline: Oct. 1, 2017. New isiZulu fiction publishing company Kwasukela Books calls for submissions for its first anthology of short stories (between 1,500 – 3,000 words). The anthology titled Izinkanyezi Ezintsha (‘New Stars’) will feature speculative fiction from emerging writers. Kwasukela Books wants stories wholly from the South African perspective, written in isiZulu. According to its Founder and CEO Wade Smit, “We [ … ]

Submit to the Salomé October Strength issue

Deadline: Sept. 9, 2017. Salomé seeks fiction, non-fiction and flash fiction submissions for its October issue, themed strength. Please note that while the deadline is Sept. 9, the team will stop accepting submissions once they reach 250 submissions. Salomé only accepts submission from anyone who identifies as female, regardless of age. Also, the team only accepts original, unpublished submissions. Send in 100-500-word flash fiction, [ … ]

Submit to Q-zine 15th issue

Deadline: Sept. 10, 2017. Q-zine invites visual artists from Africa and the African diaspora to share work that speaks to or about the queer experience in the broadest sense. For its next issue, it focuses on new developments in African visual arts from a queer perspective. The team welcomes photography, painting, drawing, video, digital art, or any other visual medium submission. [ … ]

Submit to Type/Cast Journal 4th Issue: Contested Spaces

Deadline: Sept. 1, 2017. The Type/Cast editorial collective announces a new call for submissions. It seeks fiction, poetry, and short nonfiction works that deal with the theme of contested spaces. Efemia Chela and Bongani Kona will guest edit this year’s issue. Your work can touch on literally having to deal with physical spaces that are contested. Or, you can write about emotional or intellectual spaces, or [ … ]

Apply for the 2018 Bitch Media Fellowships for Writers

 Deadline: Aug. 31. Bitch Media runs the Bitch Media Fellowships for Writers. And, Bitch co-founder Andi Zeisler directs it. The fellowship, a series of three-month intensive writing, develops, supports, and amplifies emerging, diverse voices in feminist, activist, and pop-culture media. The program, in its third year, seeks passionate and engaged fellows. The fellows will develop their unique voices during the four fellowships, [ … ]

Submission Call: COALNG Literary Magazine

Deadline: August 31. COALNG seeks exceptional literary poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and nonfiction submissions. So, submit poems, short stories, essays, reviews, interviews, spoken word videos/ audios or literary commentaries. And word count includes 2000 words maximum for fiction, 300-600 words for book reviews, and 400 words max for literary commentaries. And according to its site, COALNG is broad and inclusive in perspective spanning the spectrum of various [ … ]

Submit to Imagnary House (Children’s Book& YA Literature)

Deadline: Sept. 10. Imagnary House publishes children’s books and young-adult literature. The boutique publishing house in Cape Town, South Africa calls for submissions. The company focuses on building a larger market for African children’s authors and illustrators. So, it does this by igniting local readership, and engaging with international readers, rights and literary agents. Founder Brad Harris built the publishing house based on his experience [ … ]

Submit to Nthanda Review, a Malawian online magazine

Deadline: No deadline. Nthanda Review publishes poetry, fiction, nonfiction, memoirs, folk tales, essays and reviews of any length. It accepts both unpublished and previously published works. If you have a previously published work, contact the team with details of the submission. And if you’re submitting an unpublished work, the team reserves first publishing rights and the rights revert back to you. You [ … ]

Submit to the 2017 Bloody Parchment Short Story Competition

Deadline: October 31, 2017. South African HorrorFest Bloody Parchment announces that its 2017 Bloody Parchment Short Story Competition is now open. It seeks fresh, disturbing and disconcerting new voices in SFF, most especially stories that fall under the horror and dark fantasy/SF genres. That being said, please don’t submit stories that rely purely on gratuitous violence and rape for its punch. That [ … ]

Submission Call: Submit to Ake Review

Ake Review Deadline: August 31, 2017. Ake Review welcomes entries in fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, reviews, photography, film, music, sound art, performance art, and visual art. It is an annual multi-lingual literary journal that serves as a vehicle for the promotion and celebration of African culture. You can submit entries in written form, as podcasts, or as videos. It encourages submission of pieces [ … ]

2017 Morland Writing Scholarships for African Writers

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2017 Annually, the Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) awards a small number of Morland Writing Scholarships to African writers. The Foundation desires to help selected Scholars produce the first draft of their completed book. It opens the scholarship to anyone born or whose parents were born in Africa. Also, Scholars must write in English. Do note that only published writers can apply.  Scholars writing [ … ]

The Afro Vibe: Call for Submission

Deadline: none. Founded by EXPOUND‘s editor, Wale Owoade, The Afro Vibe is a digital pop-culture magazine that will launch in August in 12 African cities. The culture magazine will pay staff writers and commissioned contributors to cover travel, fashion, music, arts, film, tv, and other topics. The team consists of five staff contributors so far. It looks forward to opinion essays, articles, travelogues, interviews, and [ … ]

Enter the 2017 Foyle Young Poets Award

Deadline: July 31 (Midnight BST). The Foyle Foundation invites young poets aged 11-17 to apply to its 2017 Foyle Young Poets Award. Since its founding in 1998, the Award has kick-started the career of some exciting new voices, such as Helen Mort. Send in 4-6 of your very best poems. The poems can be of any length and on any theme. Only submit original, previously [ … ]