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We are in a wonderful era for African literature, as there are many places where African writers can submit their works for publication. Literary magazines, publishing houses, and libraries occupy an important place in the development of African literature. Today, the continent is teeming with platforms serving various readerships and responding to the growing needs of a literary industry that is growing by leaps and bounds. We have curated a list of top literary magazines and journals that are shaping the future of African literature.

African Poetry Magazine

Packed with information and interesting features, the magazine began with the simple desire to provide a necessary service to the followers of African Poetry – readers and scholars, anthologists, conference and festival managers or other enquirers.
Submit: poetry.

African Voices

Fosters cultural understanding and awareness through literature, art and film. Founded in 1992 by a small group of writers and visual artists, the organization strives for artistic and literary excellence while showcasing the unique and diverse stories within the African Diaspora. It publishes quarterly. Submit: fiction, poetry.

African Writing Online

Will publish any writer who writes into the African Condition (please interpret boldly). It is adventurous in its definition of Africana, but will also publish good literature generally.
Submit:  poetry, essays, fiction, non-fiction.

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ANANSI

Based in New York, it considers original works of fiction by writers of African descent. Founded in February 1999, ANANSI is published twice a year.

Submit: short fiction and novel excerpts from all genres.

Afrapinen

WE REPRESENT a space of literary discourse that is serious-minded and grounded in critical analysis. We love language to thrive and illuminate our minds as we turn books over. We understand the current atrophy of mainstream criticism in Nigerian literature and we want to avert this by curating the much-needed, quality literary journalism. What does art project? We raise and answer this question. We harbour no agenda nor pretensions in building trust with our readers. Our pursuit, therefore, is a candid but vigorous, in-depth reflection about literature, with a premium on accessible language and erudition.

ArtHut

We are ArtHut, an arts organization that aims to improve the African art scene and as a means use it as a cause for social impact and change. We are here to show the world what art can do using the most preferred form of communication by humans, words and are just getting started with our doings.

Artmosferric

ARTmosterrific is an online platform and community by and for African undergraduates. It runs on five sections, all different and independent from one another: Virtual Residence where 3 college writers are mentored to complete a book of art; the African Prize for Undergraduates awarded every year to a creative African undergraduate; the Biannual Chapbook that works as an anthology, exploring thematic issues in society, the Online Issue/Mag (Prose, Poetry, Essay, Photography), and the Community (with webinars, Book Chat, Bookstore, Physical Conference, etc). Check our General Submission Page for detailed information on each section, and feel free to subscribe to our newsletter.

Banipal Magazine

Showcases contemporary Arab authors in English translation, from wherever they are writing and publishing. Sees itself as a vehicle for intercultural dialogue and exchange that opens a window for UK and other Western audiences on the realities of Arab culture in all its diversity and vibrancy, enabling fruitful discourse to develop, that will lead to further exchange, mutual respect, new writings, deeper understanding, and Arab literature taking its rightful place in the canon of world literature.

Submit:  poetry, short stories, novel excerpts of novels, interviews, book reviews, photo-reports of literary events.

Bakwa Magazine

An international online magazine that engages in contemporary literature, art, culture, photography and reportage with an emphasis on Africa and its diaspora. As an online and off-line magazine, it covers cultural issues like art, photography, music, literature, fashion, cinema, and has a penchant for long-form creative nonfiction, reportage and literature.

Brittle Paper

Brittle Paper is part of the global literary movement promoting and shaping the way we produce, appraise, and consume African literary works.
Submit: fiction, poetry, reviews, commentaries, and essays

Callaloo

Founded in 1976 by its current editor, Charles Henry Rowell, Callaloo is a journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters based at Texas A&M University, has recently been ranked one of the top 15 literary magazines in the United States by Every Writer’s Resource.

Submit: scholarly articles, book reviews, interviews, nonfiction essays, short fiction, poetry, visual art.

Chimurenga Magazine

A pan African publication of culture, art and politics based in Cape Town. Founded by Editor Ntone Edjabe in 2002, it provides an innovative platform for free ideas and political reflection by Africans about Africa. The journal is published irregularly in print, online and through themed performances called “Chimurenga Sessions.”

Doek!

This is the first Namibian literary journal online. It publishes short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art from Namibia and the African diaspora. Founded by Mutaleni Nadimi and Rémy Ngamije, Doek! is an important step towards creating a diverse, curious, and robust literary culture in Namibia. The magazine is currently published in English. In time, Doek! hopes to publish in Namibia’s diverse languages.

Enskyment

A prizewinning anthology of print and online poetry~ now welcomes up to three poems by each invited poet, thanks to an increased archival capacity. Poems by invitation only.

Submit: poetry.

Itanile

Itanile, a literary brand, seeks to enable African writers to monetize their stories both within and outside Africa by providing a mobile app reader and publisher that serves as a one-stop platform for writers to get access to professional digital publishing services and for readers to get access to the amazing stories created by African writers.

joINT

Seeks to create a space in which to re-interpret what it means to be of African descent when one does not “fit” into the illusory monolith of Black political identity. joINT seeks work from writers and visual artists across the African diaspora, who exist within the margins of gender, sex, religious, cis, able-bodied, and class privilege, to name a few.

Submit: poetry, visual art, non-fiction, fiction, spoken word, book trailer, audio submissions

Jungle Jim

A bimonthly, African pulp fiction magazine which features genre-based writing from all over Africa. It constantly looks for writers and illustrators to join its galactic quest.

Submit:  pulp fiction.

Kalahari Review

Kalahari Review is an African-eccentric magazine interested in material exploring Africa and Africans in unique and avant-garde ways. Telling new stories from everyday African life as told by the people that are living it. It seeks stories that have not often been told but should be – through voices that have not yet been heard – but should.

Submit: fiction, poetry, essays, humor pieces

Klorofyl

Online literary and graphic lifestyle magazine with urban and African roots. It was founded in 2009 to create a magazine about the search for truth and a better life, and our devotion to REPLANTing with wholesome values.

Submit: poetry, photography, fiction, prose

Kwani?

Receives significant funding from the Ford Foundation and has become a major platform for writing from across the African continent.
Submit: new journalism, fiction, experimental writing, poetry, cartoons, photographs, cutting edge academic papers, ideas, literary travel writing, creative non-fiction.

LitNet

Aims to provide a robust virtual home for culture lovers and to remain the leading South African multicultural online journal. It accommodates other languages such as Xhosa, English and Dutch.  LitNet is a home for both the home-grown philosopher and the more highbrow intellectual.

Lolwe

Lolwe is an online magazine that publishes fiction, literary criticism, personal essays, photography, and poetry. Lolwe was founded in January 2020 by Kenyan writer and editor Troy Onyango. According to the website the origin of the name is, “Lolwe: From Nam Lolwe, the original or traditional Luo name for Lake Victoria meaning “endless lake/water body”. Therefore, Lolwe meaning endless, meaning “having or seeming to have no end or limit”.”

Matatu 

A journal on African literatures and societies dedicated to interdisciplinary dialogue between literary and cultural studies, historiography, the social sciences and cultural anthropology. It creates temporary communicative communities and provides a transient site for the exchange of news, storytelling, and political debate.

Submit: Poetry, fiction, playscripts, reviews.

Meskot 

An online Ethiopian literary journal, it is published in Amharic and English. 

Submit: poetry, short stories, and essays.

Mirabilia Review

An online carnival of the world’s storytelling traditions, a bazaar of diverse and variegated narratives which celebrates the unities and divergences of experience in the contemporary global space.

Submit: send short stories of between 4,000 and 12,000 words to [email protected] Submissions should be sent as attachments in .doc or .rtf file types. A short biographical sketch is required. The subject line of the e-mail should follow this format: “Submission: Story’s Title by Author’s Name.”

Mosaic

Launched in 1998, Mosaic is a print tri-annual (February, June, & October) that explores the literary arts by writers of African descent, and features interviews, essays, and book reviews. It welcomes advance review copies and galleys for review.
Submit: essays, interviews, and literary-focused articles.

Munyori Literary Journal

An online Zimbabwean-American literary platform that features works from global writers and artists. While the journal receives the bulk of its submissions from Zimbabwe and the United States, it also features works from Nigeria, India, China, the UK, Ireland, South Africa, Ghana, Canada, and more from all corners of the globe.

Submit: interviews, poetry, biography profiles, literary updates, essays, book reviews, fiction, art & photography.

Ngiga Review

Ngiga is a writers collective open to works from around the globe focused on netting different perspectives of our convergent lives. We are open to new forms of story telling, artistic explorations, poetic expressions and poignant essays and reviews that meet the need of changing time. We also have a soft spot for works that seek to usurp, to challenge and dismount stereotypes. We hope this becomes a home for you.

Poemify Magazine

Poemify Magazine is an ezine that showcases unique arts and literature, book reviews and special feature of interviews from both established and emerging writers, artists and poets. It annually publishers new work by budding writers, but its primary commitment is still to discover new voices of writers with African origin.

Submit: Poetry, Prose, Book Review, Exclusive Interview, and more.

PalaPala

A Pan-African journal of culture, the politics of art and the media.

Praxis Magazine

Praxis Magazine for Arts and Literature is a digital company whose mission Statement is to create a rallying point for writers and artists to commune and progress their craft(s). The magazine showcases unique arts, literature, podcasts and performance poetry from both established and emerging writers, artists and poets. Praxis also offers the following services; organize Literary events coverage across Africa, empower emerging writers and artists, provide platform support for literary festivals and art organizations across the world, promote podcast culture in Africa through Interviews and discussions on matters concerning Arts and Literature in Africa as well as Spoken Word poetry, and provide promotional services for publishers and independent authors.

Prufrock

A South African literary magazine founded by four University of Cape Town graduates, featuring long form non-fiction, fiction, poetry, photography and illustration. It calls itself simply “a magazine of writing”, believing in the pursuit of “damn fine writing” and a “means to put it in its place”.

Submit: long form creative nonfiction, short fiction, poetry.

SABLE

A black and white cultural publication for writers of color to showcase their work in any genre. It provides readers with an opportunity to read new work by internationally renowned and new writers within a format and design that is aesthetically as important as the written word.

Submit: fiction, poetry, in translation, memoir, travel narratives, essays, classic review, expressions, in celebration.

Saraba

A quarterly literary magazine that aims to create unending voices by publishing the finest emerging writers, with a bias for Nigeria, and Africa. We also publish wonderful poetry in the form of chapbooks.
Submit: poetry, fiction and non-fiction

SierrArts

Launched in 2012, SierrArts explores and showcases the literary arts by Sierra Leonean writers and artists. SierrArts is currently the only online literary journal established by Sierra Leoneans.

Submit: interviews, book reviews, and arts and culture.

Sweet Magazine

An online platform for the expression of almost unheard of desires.

Submit: flash fiction, essays, poetry, reviews and all other matters of substance.

The African Street Writer

Founded in July 22nd 2012, in a bid to promote, enthuse and celebrate contemporary African writings, TASW publishes literary works of writers from Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and others countries and off-course, from African writers abroad.
Submit: poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

The Shalow Reviews

The Shallow Tales Review literary magazine is an online literary outfit that aims to share the unique African story. It was founded in August 2019 by Nigerian writer, critic and editor, Nzube Nlebedim. On The Shallow Tales Review, we take it to heart the publication of works that tell of the African story; of the African who rises from his shallow depths to prominence. We chronicle the shift of the shallow African from mediocrity to success. We are a three-man team.

The South African Literary Journal 

The South African Literary Journal is the oldest surviving literary magazine in South Africa. It is the journal to find new writing and be read if you are a writer.
Submit: poetry, short stories, flash fiction, essays and reviews

The Single Story Foundation

TSSF seeks well-crafted, realistic stories about Africa, Africans and African issues written by writers of African descents or those associated with Africa.

Submit: send poetry, fiction, review and photograph to [email protected] Be sure to include contact information such as your name, address, phone and email on the page of each submission.

Transition Magazine

Born in Africa and bred in the diaspora, Transition is a unique forum for the freshest, most compelling, most curious ideas about race. It bills itself as “an anchor of deep reflection on black life and a map charting new routes through the globalized world.” Transition is published three times annually by Indiana University Press.

Submit: non-fiction prose, short fiction, poetry, interviews, review essays, artwork and photography

Q-zine

A pan-African, bilingual (English/French), quarterly electronic magazine by, for and about sexual minority groups in Africa. Q-zine aims to provide a legitimate outlet for queer Africans to celebrate the creativity and cultural richness of queer life in Africa. Q-zine’s main goal is to encourage sexual minority groups to decide how they should be represented in popular culture.

Submit: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, illustrations, fashion shoots, make-up and hair style photos, art, book review, music, TV shows and movies reviews, reviews of queer friendly hot spots, articles on politic, human rights, social issues, health topics and fitness.

uHlanga Magazine

A new annual magazine of poetry and photography from and inspired by the province of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.

Submit: poetry, photography.

Wasafiri

A Britain’s premier magazine for international contemporary writing. Published quarterly, Wasafiri provides serious literary and critical coverage of writers who often struggled, because of their cultural or ethnic backgrounds, to get adequate notice in the mainstream press.
Submit: fiction, poetry, interviews, reviews, articles.

Write Mag, The

Published quarterly, with a special emphasis on reviving interest in African literature.

Submit: book reviews, author profiles and interviews, publishing information, study guides and information, features, literary works.

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