Literary Magazines

Arablit Quarterly, Lolwe, Open Country, Mosi Oa Tunya, and Nataal are great reads from across the African literary ecosystem.

Arablit Quarterly

Recent edition: June 2021

ArabLit Quarterly is a literary magazine that brings together Arabic literature, essays, wordplay, art, music, and food in translation, founded in 2018 by’s M Lynx Qualey.

The current issue was guest-edited by Nour Kamel and its theme was “The Kitchen.”

Get a copy of the magazine here.


Recent edition: June 2021

Lolwe is an online magazine that publishes fiction, literary criticism, personal essays, photography, and poetry founded by Troy Onyango in 2020.

The beautiful illustrations that accompany each piece are by Nigerian artist Mòje Ikpeme, and the cover design by Kenyan photographer Teddy Tavan. The issue has contributions by among others Itumeleng Molefi, Ngozi John, Isaiah Frost Rivera, João Melo, Allegra Solomon, Carlisle Richardson, Anointing Obuh, Jay Kophy, Ebony Chinn, Wallace Lane, Moyosore Orimoloye, Maxine Archer, Yarri Kamara, Gervaise Savvias, Uduak-estelle Basssey, Hassan Kassim, Laeïla Adjovi, and Guilherme Bergamini.

Check it out here.

Mosi Oa Tunya Literary Review

Recent Issue: July 2021

The Mosi Oa Tunya Review, founded by Tendai Machingaidze and Ellen Machingaidze, is the first multi-lingual, pan-African, online literary magazine from Zimbabwe. The editorial team aims to promote and publish writing in all of Zimbabwe’s 16 official languages.

The second edition of the review was edited by Tendai Machingaidze and Ellen Machingaidze alongside guest editor Philani A. Nyoni has contributions from among others David Chasumba, Tarisai Mushamba, Jennifer Mariani, Marial Awendit, Mercy Dhilwayo, Stanley Gazemba, Shylet Chabata, Florence Tinevimbo Mungure, and Sophie Wakwete.

Check it out here.


Recent issue: June 2021

Nataal is a media brand and creative studio dedicated to diverse storytelling around African fashion, visual arts, music and culture founded by Alassane Sy. They current issue of Nataal Magazine, first published in 2018, is the debut digital edition to be produced with the theme “Romanticism.”

The lasted edition under editorial director Helen Jennings and creative director Marie Gomis-Trezise has contributions from among others Aliyah Johnson, Hajer Ben Boubaker, Nathan Klein, Amidat Giwa Halo, Ngwatilo Mawiyoo, Haruna Olivia Lifungula, Barbra Broadley, Jennie Wright, Precious Opara, Bevan Agyemang Lennie Ballack River, Blessing Borode, Maganga Mwagogo, Elena Scanagatta, Tytiah Blake, Miguel Cabral De Barros, Wanjeri Gakuru, and Zion Akinde.

Check it out here.

Open Country Mag

Recent Issue: July 2021

Open Country Mag is a multiplatform space for African literature that was founded by Otosirieze Obi-Young and launched on December 26, 2020. The magazine offers journalism and in-depth stories about the institutions and people shaping the African literary scene.

The most recent edition of the magazine features an in-depth interview of Teju Cole.

Check it out here.