Literary Magazines

Kikwetu, Arablit Quarterly, Lolwe, and Omenana are great reads from across the African literary ecosystem right now.

Kikwetu Journal

Born out of our Nairobi-based writing group in 2015, Kikwetu is an annual online literary journal that publishes both new and established writers from East Africa and beyond in English and Swahili.

The newest edition of the magazine edited by John Ndavula, Christine Mwai, Michael Don, and Ruth Kenyah features work from Miriam Amoit, Martins Deep, ,Olubunmi Familoni, and Tee Ngugi.

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ArabLit Quarterly

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

The newest edition, which launched recently, contains work from, among others, Shahd Alshammari, Mohamed Choukri, al-Jahiz, Nawal Nasrallah, Rasha Abbas, Reem Abbas, Ra’ad Abdulqadir, Karima Ahdad, Ali Jaafar Al Allaq, Mustafa Taj Aldeen Almosa, Abdalrahman Alqalaq, Hilal Badr, Enas Eltorky, Duna Ghali, Ahmed Magdy Hammam, Rema Hmoud, Rym Jalil, Qassim Majeed, Maheera Migdadi, and Said Takieddine.

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Lolwe

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

The edition features work by Chido Muchemwa, Kirk V. Bhajan, lanaire aderemi, Fomutar Stanislaus, Malica S. Willie, Victor Forna, N.K.A. Prempeh, Timi Sanni, Ayouba Toure, Tawanda Mulalu, John Franklin Dandridge, Amílcar Sanatan, Yaa Konadu, Chiemeziem Everest Udochukwu, Maxine Sibihwana, Patrick Shyaka, Namafu Amutse, and Toka Hlongwane. It was guest edited by Nsah Mala, Ber Anena and Loic Ekinga.

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Omenana

Omenana, a tri-monthly speculative fiction e-magazine, is open to submissions from writers from Africa and the African Diaspora.

The most recent edition is Managing Editor Mazi Nwonwu alongside editors Iquo DianaAbasi (English) and Mame Diene (French). It has work from Marycynthia Chinwe Okafor, Kristien Potgieter, Fagbamiye Wuraola, Tanatswa Makara, M. H. Ayinde, Lazarus Panashe Nyagwambo, Praise Osawaru, Kwasi Adi-Dako, Makan Fofana, and Dounia Charaf.

Get a copy of the magazine.Kikwetu, Arablit Quarterly, Lolwe, Omenana.