Blogs, magazines, and other publications covering African and Black literature

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;

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    • 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.
    • 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.

    B

  • 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.
  • 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.

C

  • Chimurenga is a pan African platform for writing, art, and ideas founded by Ntone Edjabe in March 2002, based in Cape Town, South Africa.

D

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

I

  • 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.
  • 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.

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K

  • 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.

L

  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • 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.

N

  • Nalubaale Review, founded by Irene N Nasha is for African Writers, readers, promoting creative writing and publishing.

O

  • Omenana, founded by Chinelo Onwualu, is a tri-monthly magazine that is open to submission from speculative fiction writers from across Africa and the African Diaspora.

P

  • 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.

R

  • 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.

S

  • 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.
  • 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.

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    • 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.

    W

  • 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 to “Blogs, magazines, and other publications covering African and Black literature”

  1. 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 !

  2. 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.

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