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Category: Essays

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 [ … ]

Gerald Kraak Award

Deadline: July 24, 2017 The Jacana Literary Foundation and the Other Foundation seek submissions to their 2017 Gerald Kraak Award. The award focuses on stories and photographies on gender, human rights and sexuality. To be eligible, you should be an African who lives and works in the continent. The first place prize winner receives R25,000. Submit the following: fiction, non-fiction, poetry photography journalism/magazine reporting [ … ]

Call for Submissions: Boston Review’s Global Dystopias

Deadline: May 1, 2017. Junot Díaz, Boston Review‘s fiction editor, put out a special call for Global Dystopias submissions. Throughout 2017, Boston Review will feature stories, essays, and interviews on the theme of global dystopias. It will also publish a special print issue in the fall. So, submit essays, interviews, fiction, and creative non-fiction on the dystopia theme. Your submission may explore inequality/precarity, climate change, global [ … ]

Appel à candidature pour AWRA résidence d’artistes

Date limite: Vendredi, 30 Juin 2017 à 18h00 (Heure d’Europe Centrale). Le Goethe-Institut et la Sylt Foundation invitent tous toi à postuler pour AWRA, la bourse littéraire d’une durée de deux mois dénommée, de résidence de la Sylt Foundation. L’appel à candidature est ouvert à tous les auteurs africains de tout genre littéraire. Il puet inclure poésie, prose, pièces de théâtre, [ … ]

The Republic opens Magazine Submissions

Deadline: Rolling basis, see editorial calendar The Republic reflects on what it means to be Nigerian. It seeks to discover the answer to the question whether Nigerians are any closer to understanding Nigerian life. The magazine, established this year, currently seeks personal and non-personal essays on Nigeria and issues relevant to Nigeria and African. It also seeks criticism submission on art, culture, politics and the economy, and fiction submissions. [ … ]

Asymptote’s Literature from Countries Banned by Trump

Deadline: March 15. Asymptote plans to publish literature from countries banned by Trump. So, submit your unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry pieces if you’re a Somalian and Sudanese writer. It will pay you at least US $200 for each published piece. Asymptote also will run the selected works either in or both The Guardian’s Translation Tuesday or its Spring quarterly edition. You can submit both works written [ … ]

PRAXIS’ Call for Submission

Submissions are welcomed all year round. PRAXIS Magazine for Arts and Literature is calling for submissions from Artists and Writers all over the world. Categories open for submissions are: Poetry Essays on arts and/or literature Podcast recordings of spoken word poetry or interviews with artists or writers Stories/poems/essays written in indigenous African languages (accompanied with English translation) Praxis Magazine is a [ … ]

Bhashabandhan Literary Review Submission

Deadline: no deadline. Submit to Bhashabandhan Literary Review (BLR), acclaimed Bangla literary magazine. It accepts previously unpublished poetry, short stories, flash fiction, memoir, essay, and artwork. So, send in your interesting and well-written works. Submit up to 4,000 words single-spaced fiction or nonfiction writing, 3-5 poems in a single attachment, or four to 10 high res images. Save your written submissions as a Word or [ … ]

Submit to Ninth Letter’s Print Edition

Deadline: Feb. 28. Ninth Letter will accept fiction, essays and poetry submissions for its print edition. It seeks works that “experiment with form, narrative, and nontraditional subject matter, as well as more traditional literary work.” So, submit 3-6 poems, with a maximum of 10 pages. You can also submit up to 8,000 words fiction or non-fiction piece. Hence, you can only send two [ … ]

Lethe Press Short Story Submissions

Deadline: March 15, April 30, and Jan. 2018. Lethe Press seeks short story submissions for its anthologies: Speculative Fiction(no queer content), Gay Fiction, and Lesbian Fiction. Please check LP’s anthologies page for detailed information. All submissions should adhere to the following guidelines: Submit a manuscript with a minimum of 45,000 words but no more than 135,000 words. Lethe Press’s preferred maximum length is [ … ]

Closed: TSSF Magazine Open Call

Deadline: Jan. 31, 2017. TSSF Magazine, on Nov 1, opened its call for submissions. Disclosure: TSSF Magazine is one of the projects of The Single Story Foundation, which runs this site. TSSF Magazine seeks well-crafted, realistic stories from writers of African descents or those associated with Africa. Send your poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and visual art to publication@singlestory[dot]org. Email title should be: TSSF Mag: [Work [ … ]

Transition Religion Call

Deadline: Jan. 1, 2017 For the Transition Religion Call, submit your essays, interviews, poetry, fiction, and visual art that reflect on the role of religion in Africa and diaspora. Transition seeks fresh perspectives about the role and meaning of religion in the African Diaspora. Also, it seeks perspectives about conflict, and resettlement triggered by inter/intra-religious confrontation. Transition accepts simultaneous submissions but does [ … ]

Jalada-Transition Fear Anthology Submission

Deadline: Jan 9, 2017. Extending its fear anthology, Jalada has partnered with Transition on the project. Jalada-Transition will publish a collaborative issue, available in print and digital editions from June 2017. There’s a lot of materials to cover on fear. Same, you can talk about fear through the lens of weaponized terror, general fear, or fear other others — touching on [ … ]

Submit to The Jeli

The Jeli, a literary publisher for black millennials, loves accepting previously unpublished submissions from new writers. It publishes fiction (short stories, poetry and novels) as well as narrative non-fiction (travel memoirs, biographies and essays). It accepts both early drafts or finished works, but expect  an editorial process at acceptance. The Jeli is a community of readers and writers who are passionate about reading and writing. [ … ]

Closed: EXPOUND Woman Issue Call

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2016. Going with its African focused Special Issue tradition, EXPOUND has opened calls for its special EXPOUND woman issue. This issue will exclusively explore and appreciate African female writers and artists. As an African woman, you should apply. This issue will be guest edited by Safia Elhillo and Unoma Azuah. Sudanese Safia Elhillo is a Canem fellow and poetry editor for Kinfolks Quarterly: a journal [ … ]

Closed: SUNU Journal Submissions

A Wolof word meaning our, SUNU Journal engages critically African issues and topics at continental, regional, national and international levels through literary work, research papers and compelling visuals. SUNU’s mission is to amplify the youth voice and contribute to strengthening their collective consciousness in critical engagement with African affairs, and aesthetics. Accepted on a rolling basis, Submissions should critically and creatively explore topics [ … ]

Closed: Omenana Open for Submission

Deadline: May 29. Omenana seeks works that explore alternative futures for Africa and people of African descent – with a preference for positive iterations. You can also explore the past as well as provide new interpretations of myths, folklore and magic. It does not accept graphic violent or sexual content. Omenana is a speculative fiction e-magazine that specializes in magical realism, fantasy, horror, and science fiction with African elements in them. [ … ]

Submit to the New Orleans Review

Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy will be guest editing The African Literary Hustle, a New Orleans Review special print issue. You can submit to The African Literary Hustle your romance, science fiction, fantasy, epic, and experimental fiction pieces, your satire, political allegory, and critical non-fiction, translations, or revised narratives, and your poetry. The African Literary Hustle specifications Prose submissions should be 7,500 words or fewer. Poetry [ … ]

Obsidian’s Special Issue Submissions

The editors of Obsidian invite you to participate in the journal’s celebration of four decades of excellence in the arts by submitting original unpublished work for its first double-volume issue exploring the speculative genre. Obsidian seeks original works that explore and reimagine black thought, black art, future and past. Selected works will appear in Obsidian’s fall 2016 double-issue edited by Sheree Renée Thomas and Nisi [ … ]

Write for Electric Literature

I’m looking for essays for @ElectricLit! Send reflections on storytelling, the arts, your lights & darknesses: kelly@electricliterature.com — Kelly Luce (@lucekel) December 14, 2015 Electric Literature is a non-profit dedicated to amplifying the power of storytelling through digital innovation. It works to ensure that literature remains a vibrant presence in popular culture by fostering digital innovation, supporting writers, building community, and broadening [ … ]