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Category: Poetry

Granta is now accepting Unsolicited Submissions

Deadline: January 4. Granta publishes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Currently, it is accepting fiction and nonfiction submissions until Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. However, it accepts photography and art submissions all year-round. The publication imposes no strict word limits. Ideally, submit submissions that are between 3,000 and 6,000 words. Do note that the editors will not read any submission that is [ … ]

Saraba Magazine Calls for Submissions

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2017. Saraba Magazine calls for submissions for its 2018 Saraba issues. The themes are Open (#22), Fake Truths (#23), and Viral (#24).  It will pay published writers ₦10,000 (approximately $30).   It asks prospective contributors to interpret the themes in singular, yet compelling ways. Submit unpublished works that address any of the three themes. And, in your cover letter, [ … ]

Bellevue Literary Review Calls for Submissions

Deadline: Jan. 1, 2018. Bellevue Literary Review invites you to submit submissions centered around its Displacement theme. It accepts high-caliber poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. You can view displacement through the prism of “sense of un-belonging in the body, a yearning for relief from suffering, a pining for a return to the land of the healthy.” Or, you can write it from the literal sense of [ … ]

Submit to the Brunel University International African Poetry Prize

Deadline: Dec. 1, 2017. Brunel University and Commonwealth Writers are sponsoring the £3,000 Brunel University International African Poetry Prize. The annual poetry prize aims to develop, celebrate and promote African poetry. The prize started four years ago in 2013 with Warsan Shire emerging as the first winner. And Romeo Oriogun won last year’s award. To be eligible, you must be a poet who [ … ]

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 It publishes original, unpublished poetry, fiction, visual arts, photography, videos, non-fiction: interviews, reviews,  memoir pieces, and essays.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 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 [ … ]

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 [ … ]

Submit: Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award and Anthology

Deadline: July 16, 2017 (5 pm). Jacana Literary Foundation currently accepts submission for its Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award and Anthology. Writers should submit previously unpublished poems in any of the 11 South African languages. It encourages entrants to submit poems written in their mother tongue. Providing no set theme, the Foundation hopes the Award “reflects the complex, nuanced and uncomfortable [ … ]

Gnarled Oak Call for Submissions

Deadline: July 7, 2017. Gnarled Oak will be reading submissions for Issue 13 from June 24 to July 7. Gnarled Oak accepts poetry, prose, videos, and artwork. James Brush, its editor, favors shorter works. He prefers poems of less than 20 lines, prose works less than 1,000 words, and videos less than 7 minutes long. Send in 1-5 poems pasted in the body of an email, 1-2 prose pieces, 1-4 [ … ]

Submission Call: 2017 RL Poetry Award

Deadline: Aug. 5, 2017. The Poetry Mail invites you to submit to its 4th RL Poetry Award. Submit eight to 10 poems from manuscripts you currently work on or have completed. You can submit a mix of published and unpublished poems. Or, your manuscript can consist of only unpublished poems. Save all your poems as one single Word document. Indicate on [ … ]

Submissions Call: PRAXIS Response Chapbook

Deadline: July 21, 2017. Send in response poems for the next PRAXIS response chapbook, Around This Fire 5. PRAXIS recently published Iskandar Haggarty’s digital chapbook, There Are No Women in Our House. And, it currently seeks response poems to Haggarty’s chapbook. Email your response poems in the body of your email to halima@praxismagonline.com. Also, include “ATF5 Submission” as the subject line of the email. Same, include your [ … ]

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 [ … ]

The Machinery Submission

Deadline: June 30. After its last two themed issues, The Machinery has kept the theme open this time. You’re free to submit work in any genre, with any theme. You can submit up to 300-1000 words of flash fiction, up to 3 poems, and any artwork you may have. You can submit flash fiction of any genre, from high school drama to [ … ]

Submission Call: TSSF Journal

Deadline: July 15. You can now submit to the TSSF Journal. TSSF Journal seeks well-crafted, realistic stories about Africa, Africans, and African issues from writers of African descents or those associated with Africa. Send well-developed, complete, and thoroughly revised poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction pieces to journal@singlestory[dot]org. Email title should be: TSSF Journal: [Work Name], [genre]. You can email in a 4,000 words maximum non-fiction [ … ]

Call for Submission: Babishai Haiku

Deadline: July 4, 2017. The Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation opens its 2017 Babishai Haiku Competition to all African poets living in Africa. Applicants should not have published a full-length collection of poetry by July 2017 to qualify. It seeks African themed haiku, i.e. haiku about African sights and sounds. The haiku must be concise, three lines each. Also, it should contain clear images, settings, [ … ]

Submission Call: Mabati Cornell Kiswahili

Deadline: May 31, 2017. Cornell University awards $15,000 for its Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize yearly. The prize honors writers with unpublished manuscripts, or recently published books (within two years) written in Kiswahili. So, you can submit your manuscript or books in any of the fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and graphic novels categories. The $15,000 is divided into $5,000 for 1st place fiction, $5,000 for 1st place poetry, $3,000 for [ … ]

Commonwealth Youth Council: Unseen & Unspoken

Deadline: May 31, 2017 (1700 GMT). Commonwealth Youth Council launches Unseen & Unspoken to commemorate World Braille Day. It seeks to raise awareness about the experience and lives of young people with disabilities who the spotlight does not really shine on. Therefore, submit poetry around the theme: My disability does not define me. The disability can be visible or invisible disabilities such as [ … ]

Appel à contributions poétiques: A Song for Burundi

Limite pour la soumission: Avril 15. Huza Press en collaboration avec Africa Writes et Jalada Africa présent A Song for Burundi. Huza Press appel à contribution pour un recueil de poésis de Burundais vivant exile. Qui s’intitule A Song for Burundi, vise à rassembler des poèmes de defférentes formes, defférentes communautés et traditions qui explorent les expériences de migration et de chez-soi, de perte [ … ]

Huza Press: A Song for Burundi

Deadline: April 15. Huza Press announces A Song for Burundi, a poetry anthology collaboration with Africa Writes and Jalada Africa. A Song for Burundi will publish poems from Burundians living in exile. Huza Press seeks to explore the experience of migration, loss, belonging and hope. It will launch the anthology in London at the 2017 Africa Writes Festival. To apply, you must be a Burundian living outside Burundi. [ … ]

2017 Wasafiri New Writing Prize now open

Deadline: July 14 (5 p.m. GMT). For the 2017 Wasafiri New Writing Prize, Wasafiri welcomes poetry, fiction, and life writing (nonfiction) submissions from writers who haven’t published a complete book. It launched the Wasafiri New Writing Prize in 2009 to support new writers of all ages, genders, nationalities and background. To enter, you have to pay an entry fee to apply for this [ … ]