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oriọna magazine.

formally poemify magazine >> The African lit mag.

In the heart of Africa, where stories dance and dreams take flight, Oriọna Magazine shines its light as a guiding beacon for young writers, igniting the flame of creativity and inspiring new voices to rise.

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Conceived in 2019 by Poemify Publishers as a response to the prevalence of extreme specificity, oriọna's name comes from the Igbo word for "lantern."

We are committed to illuminating the path for young writers. oriọna features a wide range of genres, including poetry, fiction, nonfiction, book reviews, creative rants, letters, and opinions. We are particularly interested in work that explores the African experience and challenges the status quo.

oriọna is also committed to publishing work that is diverse and inclusive and that reflects the rich tapestry of African culture.

We believe in the ability of the thousands of unknown writers who have received little or no success. We believe that the best writing collects the most rejection letters. If you are a young writer with a story to tell, oriọna is your home. Submit your work and join us in creating a brighter future for African art.

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oriọna submission guidelines

Submission window opens every August. Before submitting, please read the guidelines below.


Up to 5,000 words per piece, submit no more than three pieces. We accept all kinds of fiction and nonfiction. We ask that all prose under 2,000 words be in a single document, in .doc or .docx format. Times New Roman, size 12, double spaced is preferred, but not required. Place titles at the top of each piece. Please omit names (or any other identifying information) from the document.


No word or page limit, no more than four poems per submissionWe ask that all poems are in a single document, in .doc or .docx format. Place titles at the top of each piece. Please omit names (or any other identifying information) from the document.


No more than four pieces per submissionWe accept all kinds of art, whether it’s paintings, sculptures, digital art, mixed media, ceramics, photography, drawings, etc. We ask that each submission be in .pdf, .png or .jpeg format. Include the title of your artwork in the submission form.


Please understand that oriọna magazine is a space created specifically for African creatives. For this reason, we will only consider submissions from African creatives for publication.

oriọna submission form

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