Submissions

WE ARE CURRENTLY OPEN TO SUBMISSIONS.

WHAT WE WANT

SHORT STORY/FLASH FICTION/NONFICTION:
We have a soft spot for submissions by Africans, and we also welcome tales (fiction and nonfiction) from the rest of the world, as long as they are rooted in African cultures. Does it sound like Africa? Does it look like Africa? Do you know about African cultures and history? Then we would love to hear from you. However, if making your characters black is the only African attribute in your piece, then it is probably not for us.

We want you to dive into rare African cultures and traditions, tweak them to your taste and sprinkle some magic, science, horror, or mainstream drama over them. Then serve them to us on a platter made of an unusual, fluid voice, a well-defined plot, characters that are larger than life, dry humour, and imageries that leave their imprints in our minds long after we finish devouring them.

LENGTH:
We consider original stories up to 4000 words, but we prefer to see ones between 100 and 2000 words. Anything above 4000 words will be rejected.

PAYMENT:
We pay $10 per accepted fiction or nonfiction piece. Compensations are disbursed on the day of publication via PayPal, Transferwise, or Amazon gift cards. For Nigerians, we can also pay via a bank transfer.

RIGHTS:
We buy the right to exclusively publish your piece on our website and in our quarterly Anthology. Most rights revert back to the author after six months of the piece appearing on our website. However, we will retain non-exclusive rights to continue selling the issue of our Anthology in which your piece appeared and to keep the piece in our archive.

HOW TO SUBMIT:
Submit your work as a DOC, DOCX, or RTF attachment to submissions@subsaharanmagazine.com with “Fiction/Nonfiction Submission: Your Story Title” as the subject of the email. Please, the attached manuscript must be in standard manuscript format. Any story that isn’t properly formatted will be rejected. The same goes for stories that don’t follow the guidelines.

POETRY:
We want your poems of up to forty lines. Anything above that will be rejected. We prefer our poems dark, speculative, and humorous. Please no romantic poems.

Please use “Poetry Submission: Poem Title” as the subject of your email.

We pay a flat rate of $5 per accepted poem via PayPal, Transferwise, or Amazon gift cards. If you are Nigerian, we can also pay via a bank transfer. We pay on the day of publication.

REPRINTS:
We will consider fiction reprints of up to 6,000 words. We pay a flat rate of $5 per accepted work.

ARTWORK:
We accept unsolicited artwork. Your artwork must be attached in JPEG or PNG format, and the file size should be no more than 5 MB. Use “Artwork Submission: Your artwork title” as the subject of your email.

We pay a flat rate of $10 per accepted artwork via PayPal, Transferwise, or Amazon gift cards. If you are Nigerian, we can also pay via a bank transfer. We pay on the day of publication.

MULTIPLE AND SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS:
Please, no multiple submissions. We, however, don’t mind simultaneous submissions, provided that you alert us if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

RESPONSE TIME:
We try to respond to all submissions in two weeks. However, if you haven’t heard from us in a month, do query via the email submissions@subsaharanmagazine.com with “Query: Your Piece Title” as the subject. In the body of your email, include the date and type of submission.

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