Do you want to keep abreast of what’s happening in the African and Black literature space? Want to get news and reviews from the books written by and about the African experience? Want to read some of the most exciting prose, nonfiction, and poetry being produced by African and Blacks? Try these publications ones out;
- A Long House – New frontier for black thought, stories, and critical discourse.
- AFREADA, founded by Nancy Adimora, is an online literary magazine, featuring original short stories from emerging writers across the continent.
- Africa in Dialogue is an online interview magazine, founded by Gaamangwe Joy Mogami in 2016, that archives creative and critical insights with Africa’s leading storytellers.
- African Writer Magazine – founded by Sola Osofisan in 2004, it is open to all genres of literature from Africa and the African Diaspora. They publish prose fiction, creative non-fiction, folktales, poetry, dramatic pieces, essays/creative features, interviews/profiles, and book excerpts/reviews.
- Afridiaspora, founded by Nana Ama Kyerematen, a webzine dedicated to showcasing and promoting Literature from Africa and the diaspora.
- Afrolivresque, founded by Acèle Nadale, is an online platform that speaks on African and Afro-descendant publishing and literature in French.
- Agbowó is a platform where the works of African writers and artists come alive and readers find the most intriguing work founded by Habeeb Kolade in 2017.
- Arablit.org and Arablit Quarterly, founded by Marcia Lynx Qualey, covers the Arab writing in English translation. The Arablit Quarterly is a four-times-yearly magazine that brings together Arabic literature, essays, wordplay, art, music, and food in translation.
- Artmosterrific is a community of campus writers, readers & creatives. Programs include book events, online sessions, and virtual residency.
- Bakwa Magazine, founded by Dzekashu Macviban, is an online magazine of literary and cultural criticism based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, that covers international cultural issues and has a penchant for fiction and creative non-fiction by Cameroonian writers.
- Bookshy Books, founded by Zahrah Nesbitt-Ahmed, contains news from the African literature scene as well as reviews by the blogger.
- Books of Kenya, founded by booktuber Lexa Lubanga, is a space dedicated to books in Kenya.
- BKO Magazine -, founded by PJ Mofokeng, is a thought-leadership literature publication, devoted to imaginative, original, brave & thoughtful literary work.
- Brittle paper, curated by Ainehi Edoro-Glines, gives news and reviews from the African literature scene as well as interviews with some of the coolest writers.
- Buala – created by Marta Tecla in 2010 is a transdisciplinary and collaborative portal that owes its name to the word of origin Kimbundu used in Angola in the sense of neighborhood, periphery, valuing the idea of community.
- Chimurenga is a pan African platform for writing, art, and ideas founded by Ntone Edjabe in March 2002, based in Cape Town, South Africa.
- Decolonial Passage, founded by Audrey Shipp, is a journal for writers of all backgrounds engaged in the decolonial project, regardless of the writer’s race, origin, gender, or geographical location. It centres African, African-American, and Black Diaspora writing from the African continent, the Americas, Europe, and beyond.
- Doek!, cofounded by Remy Ngamije and Mutaleni Nadimi, is a free, independent, and Pan-African online literary magazine produced in Windhoek, Namibia. It publishes short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art from Namibia and the African diaspora.
- DRR (Down River Road) – is an online and print journal that publishes fiction, nonfiction, poetry and ideas. founded by Frankline Sunday and Clifton Gachagua.
- Fiyah is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about Black people of the African Diaspora based in the USA founded in 2016.
- Fortunate Traveller, founded by Tope Salaudeen-Adégòkè and Rebecca Jones, posts travelogues mostly by African writers.
- Gangoueus, founded by Réassi Ouabonzi, blogs about African and diaspora literature in French from a reader’s perspective since 2007.
- Guernica an award-winning magazine focused on the intersection of arts and politics founded by Joel Whitney, Michael Archer, Josh Jones, and Elizabeth Onusko in 2004.
- Ilunafriq is a storytelling platform where African creatives publish stories in any language or format: audio, text, video, photo, and visual) founded by Okeke Anwuli.
- Imbiza Journal for African Writing, founded by Siphiwo Mahala, is a publishing platform for creative writing, criticism, academic writing, and intellectual engagement for African thinkers, cultural workers, and activists.
- Isele Magazine, founded by Ukamaka Olisakwe, a monthly web magazine, a quarterly guest-edited magazine, a yearly print magazine, and a weekly blog.
- Iskanchi Magazine, founded by Kenechi Uzor, is a new magazine interested in experimental works by African writers.
- The Jahazi Journal founded by Bantu Mwaura encouraging dialogues, shared experiences, and policy direction for the creative and cultural sector in East Africa.
- Jalada Africa is a pan-African writers’ collective that produced anthologies.
- James Murua’s Literature Blog is run by Nairobi-based James Murua and gives news and reviews on African and Black literature.
- Johannesburg Review of Books, founded by Ben Williams, an independent literary review, publishes reviews, essays, poetry, photographs, and short fiction from South Africa, Africa, and beyond.
- The Journal of The African Literature Association (JALA), founded in 2006, is the flagship journal of the African Literature Association.
- Ka’edi Africa is an online art organisation centred on African books, food, places, people, and photography.
- Kinna Reads, founded by Kinna Likimani, keep you abreast writing by women writers and their works, especially African women writers. The blogger keeps you abreast of Ghanaian literature as well as other of her favourite writers on the continent. Apart from the usual news and reviews, she offers reading lists as well as an annual reading challenge for you to try and get your reading game on point.
- Letters from Lemuria offers unpublished texts by authors from the southwest of the Indian Ocean (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion) or texts from all horizons concerning Lemuria: a mythical continent depository of a dream of a lemurific humanity, it is that is to say to our own (de) measure and according to our prejudices.
- Libretto, founded by Nosakhare Collins, is a publishing company, bookstore & an online magazine of arts.
- Literature Voices (LitVo) is a journal of the Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation exclusively dedicated to interviewing writers, art administrators, patrons of the art and artists.
- Literafricas – A project by Sonia Fernández Quincoces, journalist and writer in the blog “Africa is not a country” of the newspaper El País. The website is written primarily in Spanish.
- Lolwe, founded by Troy Onyango, is an online magazine that publishes fiction, literary criticism, personal essays, photography, and poetry in 2020.
- Lunaris Review is a quarterly online literary and art journal based in Nigeria, with the ultimate goal of bringing together creative minds to a common platform of artistry and beauty while providing the audience a satisfying read.
- Maisha Yetu, run by Nairobi-based Ngunjiri Mbugua, is a website that talks about the Kenyan book space.
- Mary Okeke Reviews, run by Barcelona Spain based Mary Okeke, gives news and reviews from the African literature scene regularly.
- Meskot is an online Ethiopian literary journal, it is published in Amharic and English.
- Mosaic is a literary magazine, published by the nonprofit Literary Freedom Project, which focuses on African-American and African diaspora literature. They began publishing in 1998, and are located in the Bronx, NY. The magazine is published on a triannual basis in February, June, and October.
- Munyori Literary Journal is a Zimbabwean-American literary platform that features works from global writers and artists founded by Emmanuel Sigauke in 2007.
- Nalubaale Review, founded by Irene N Nasha is for African Writers, readers, promoting creative writing and publishing.
- Olongo Africa, founded by Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sún, is a community of opinion, literature, travelogue, journalism, and topical writing.
- Omenana, founded by Mazi Nwonwu and Chinelo Onwualu, is a tri-monthly magazine that is open to submission from speculative fiction writers from across Africa and the African Diaspora.
- Open Country Mag is a multiplatform space for African literature that was founded by Otosirieze Obi-Young in 2020.
- Pede Hollist Literature Blog – this is the blog of Pede Hollist which accepts poetry, prose, and nonfiction submissions.
- Peripheries Journal is a publication of the Eduniperifeiras Publisher, located in the set of Favelas that make up Maré, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
- Praxis Magazine, founded by Tee Jay Dan, is a magazine that showcases unique arts, literature, podcasts, and performance poetry from both established and emerging writers, artists, and poets.
- PREE is an online magazine for new contemporary writing from and about the Caribbean founded by Annie Paul. They publish original works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, essays, interviews, and experimental writing, giving their authors international visibility far beyond the islands.
- Poda-Poda, founded by Ngozi Cole, is a digital platform that gathers stories from Sierra Leone and the Sierra Leonean diaspora.
- Revista Literatas is a digital magazine of Arts and Letters with more than six years of existence. Owned by the Literary Movement Kuphaluxa, managed by Vice Versa – Ideias, Lda.
- Sable lit mag is a black and white cultural publication for writers of color to showcase their work in any genre founded by Kadija Sesay in 2001.
- Saharawi Literature in Spanish: Books published by Saharawi writers who create in Spanish coordinated by Conchi Moya.
- Sahifa Journal is a platform for research, journalism, art, and literature, with a strong focus on Eastern African stories
- Saraba is a literary magazine focused on the work of new writers in Nigeria and other parts of the African continent founded by Dami Ajayi and Emmanuel Iduma in 2009.
- The Short Story Day Africa Prize is an African writing prize open to African citizens, permanent residents of African countries, or second-generation Africans living in the diaspora only.
- Sunu Journal is a Pan-African, post-disciplinary platform seeking to amplify emerging voices and perspectives on matters and ideas concerning Africa and the Diaspora founded by Amy Sall in 2015.
- SynCity NG, founded by Mystique Syn Osuchukwu, is an African Literary blog that publishes the best of African Literature; African stories, poetry, etc.
- The Single Story Foundation, founded by Murewa Olubela in 2017, provides storytelling opportunities for Africans at home and in the diaspora.
- The Bagus NG, founded by Ijeoma Ucheibe, promoting African literature and the arts and in the process bring needed awareness to the work of African authors and artists. It also doubles as the publicist for the award-winning Classic FM 97.3 (Nigeria) #BookOnReview show with Benjamin Okoh which airs at 9pm every Saturday and drops a new episode of her Pidgin Reviews every Wednesday on IGTV and YouTube.
- Transition is a publication of the Hutchins Center at Harvard University, published three times annually by Indiana University Press. On Twitter at @Transition_Mag.
- Wasafiri is a quarterly British literary magazine covering international contemporary writing. Founded in 1984 by Susheila Nasta, the magazine derives its name from a Swahili word meaning “travellers” that is etymologically linked with the Arabic word “safari”.
- Wawa Book Review focuses on the outputs of African publishers.
- WriteNowLit is a new online Literary Journal, founded by Kehinde Badiru in 2017, with Poetry, Fiction, Personal Essays, Photography and Art, and Literary Criticism from writers across the globe.
13 replies on “Blogs, magazines, and other publications covering African and Black literature”
Thanks for this. I’ve been following your blog for some time, even though I never comment. I’m familiar with several of these sites and now I’ll check out the rest.
Thanks for commenting Shannon. Those guys are doing a great job keeping us abreast of whats up.
Brittle Paper…brilliant work done by Ainehi Edoro. Featured there once.
Thanks for commenting Magunga. I really enjoy http://www.Magunga.com and hope to see it in next year’s BAKE awards.
James, thank you so much for featuring my blog here. By the way, I am your fan as well. I am sure you have noticed my comments in some of your posts. I re-blog this with your permission. Got you in my blog list !
Thanks for commenting again Mary. I always notice your posts and I am grateful. Please continue doing the great work you are doing which we appreciate.
James, thank you! I’ve been reading the blogs you have listed for a while now. Excited to be on the same list!!!
You are doing a great job with that blog. Salute!
Awesome post. I follow Mary Okeke and Kinna. They are fine blogs of African Literature. 🙂
Thanks for commenting Readinpleasure.
Its an honour to be included on this list. erm, it is Ngunjiri and not Njungiri…
I have change the offending name Bwana Ngunjiri. Great blog there.
A great compilation. Glad I was directed here by Zukiswa