In our continuing monthly series, we share opportunities for those who wish to submit work be it poetry, prose, or other related arts in July 2020.

  • Ouida Book’s LMW imprint.

Lagos-based publishing press Ouida Books is accepting submissions for its new imprint LWM. LMW is the third addition to the press’s line up of imprints, which includes the children’s book imprint Tanja and the non-fiction imprint Cognix. LMW is “devoted to publishing accessible books about technology in Africa.” The imprint’s first offering is a series titled “So You Wan’ Learn.” The series is an expository on the day-to-day technologies developed and employed by Africans. Submissions should be written in accessible English with helpful illustrations and should be between 25,000 and 40,000 words.

Submission email: [email protected]
Information: On tweet attached.
Deadline: July 31

  • Morland Writing Scholarships

The Morland Writing Scholarships for African Writers, universally known as the Morland Writing Scholarship, gives writers a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months. At the discretion of the foundation, Scholars writing non-fiction may receive a grant of up to £27,000, paid over a period of up to eighteen months. The entries will be judged by Muthoni Garland, Chuma Nwokolo, and Bibi Bakare-Yusuf.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: September 18.

  • Voodoonauts

Voodoonauts is a community space and generative writing workshop where conversations around Afrofuturism as freedom take place. Voodoonauts was created by two black femme MFA students who saw a shortage of black storytelling-centered spaces like this in the mainstream SFF community. Our debut storytelling workshop will be held in July. The purpose of this form is to gauge writing interests and to select our inaugural Voodoonauts Class of 2020. To have more engaging and intimate conversations we will be capping the number of workshop participants so it is important for us to hear what this kind of space would mean for you as a writer.

Submission information: Click here.
Deadline: Not indication.

  • Lolwe


Lolwe is an online magazine that publishes fiction, literary criticism, personal essays, photography, and poetry. Founded in January 2020. The guest editors for the issue will be Mapule Mohulatsi, Gbenga Adesina and Esther Karin Mngodo.

Deadline: July 31.
Details: Click here.

  • Ake Review

Ake Review is the annual publication of the Ake Arts and Book Festival. The publication is currently accepting submissions for their 2020 edition. The 2020 Ake Arts and Book Festival, which will be held online, is themed “African Time.” Writers are invited to submit poetry, fiction, non-fiction and visual art exploring the theme. The editors are interested in submissions of Poetry (up to 4 poems); Prose (up to 4,000 words); Non-fiction (up to 2,000 words), and Visual Art (high resolution JPEG).

Deadline: July 17.
Details: On Poster
Festival information: Click here.

  • Random Photo Journal

Random is largely focused on African photography so it’s only right for its magazine to tell African stories, present and past. Stories about women, men, non-binary, queer, life before colonialism, history, ordinary and extraordinary. We think it’s important to tell these stories because Africa desperately needs written literature. Our stories must be told, shared and preserved by us because who else but us? We would like to read stories that make us feel. A story that is able to convey the writer’s emotions through their characters is the best kind of story. We would also like to read stories about African people not centred on poverty or struggle because we believe it feeds a certain narrative that to be African is to be miserable. As much as that is our reality, it’s only a part of it.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: Not indicated.

  • Shallow Tales Review literary magazine

The Shallow Tales Review literary magazine is an online literary outfit that aims to share the unique African story. In The Shallow Tales Review, we accept fiction, articles, reviews, poems, one-act plays, essays, art photographs, and thoughts that touch on the sensibilities of the African. Note: Essays and criticisms must concern literary texts that are of modern and African temperament. We DO NOT publish horror, sci-fi, travellogues or any sociological piece without a literary tilt. We could, however, break our rules for exceptionally great pieces that reflect the African/human condition. For now, we do not pay contributors, but we hope to do so in the nearest future.

Details: On the poster
About the magazine: Click here.
Deadline: July 20.

  • Enyo: An Anthology of Contemporary Plays

Enyo is an Igbo word which means mirror. Enyo seeks to reflect places, people, traditions and cultures. We ask for the play you will honestly write, one that could not have been written by someone else if not you. We are not themes restricted. We want plays that transcends reality to the metaphysical, portraying the fine African tradition. Plays that will show the condition of people and individual longings.

Submission ends: September 10, 2020

Details: Click here.

  • Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words

Visual Verse is a collaboration. An anthology of art, poetry, short fiction and non-fiction. Each month we supply a compelling image and invite writers – published or unpublished – to submit a piece in response. Visual Verse is a celebration. Of the drama of seeing and the desire to express it. Of the things that inspire us, move us, and that we find hardest to articulate. Visual Verse is a challenge. We offer you the chance to experience the rush of writing without overthinking. Sometimes strange, sometimes beautiful, let the picture be the start of something you can’t predict: your own response.

The July edition of the magazine is dedicated to #BlackLivesMatter, #BlackLivesMatterUK, #Grenfell.

Anthology information: Click here.
Callout information: On the attached tweet.
Deadline: July 15

  • Riverbird Magazine

With the intention of promoting experimental (both in theme and language) works of literature, River Bird Magazine currently accepts submissions in the following genres of literature, and evaluative essays/criticism: POETRY, DRAMA (SHORT PLAYS), PROSE, ESSAY and INTERVIEW respectively. All the genres and topical areas will be assessed differently, based on their respective traditional forms, thematic concerns, and the specialty of our unbiased editors. Concerning our submission rules to be followed by the interested submitters, the following paragraphs explain them, based on the nature of each genre, and our wide scope of interest. Therefore, writers who are willing to submit their works to our magazine (for consideration) must adhere to the following genre-based guidelines; else, any submission that goes contrary to this will be deleted without any responsive feedback.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: Not indicated.

  • Ka’edi Africa

Ka’edi Africa is an online art organisation that is centred on books, food, places, people and photography. We seek to rewrite the hitherto widespread unpleasant African narrative through these five essential facets of human life. Ka’edi Africa seeks to showcase Africa by telling African stories properly and truthfully to the global community. Our mission is to positively rewrite African narratives and properly tell our stories by promoting relevant African books, arts, foods, places and photography.

Ka’edi Africa online creative nonfiction magazine is accepting submissions year round in five categories: Art, Reviews, Photography, Food and Culture/People.

Submission guidelines: Click here or check Tweet.
Deadline: Not specified (all year round).

  • Muzzle Magazine

Muzzle seeks to promote writing of revolution and revelation. While all of our editors have their own likes and dislikes, our collective goal is not to showcase one particular aesthetic, but rather to press our ears against the rustling beyond. With healthy doses of both reverence and mischievousness toward literary minds that have come before us, we are obsessed with asking what beauty can and will be.

Muzzle Magazine publishes poetry, interviews, and book reviews. We are actively seeking submissions in poetry and are also open to queries about reviews and interviews. Only previously unpublished work will be considered for publication. Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. You can withdraw individual poems by making a note within the submission itself.

Magazine website: Click here.
Details: Click here.
Deadline: August 2.

  • Hush Harbour Press

Hush Harbour, founded on June 22, Octavia Butler’s birthday is dedicated to the imagining of Black feminism in the tradition of Ms Butler by Whitney French and Alannah Johnson. They intend to create and envision Black futures through literary and sonic storytelling with an emphasis on the revival of short fiction.

For information on how to get involved with this new press please click here.

  • Libretto Magazine

Libretto Magazine is pleased to announce its call for submissions. We are looking for work with bold and elegant style that pushes boundaries beyond limit. You can play with form, style and language. Send in your euphoria and fears, your faiths and doubts, your silences and interests. Show us your best works. Kindly read the submission guidelines below, and please know that we look forward to reading your work.

Information: Click here.
Deadline: September 1

  • Doubleback Review

Doubleback Review is a home for your retired darlings—pieces of any genre that were published by a journal that subsequently became defunct. We only publish previously-published work from journals that no longer exist; we do not publish previously unpublished work nor previously published work that is still available online or in active print circulation.

Doubleback Review unequivocally condemns racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, the abuse of power dynamics, and all forms of prejudice, discrimination, and oppression. Unfortunately, the literary community is not immune from these issues, and we support artists who choose to withdraw their published work from journals because of problematic editorial behaviour or that journal’s publishing morally objectionable pieces. Accordingly, we are currently accepting submissions of such conscientiously withdrawn work, even if the journal where it was published has not become defunct. Accepted work is currently slated to appear in a special issue alongside Issue 2:2 in October 2020.

Deadline: August 15
Details: Click here.


  • Jalada: Nostalgia

Pan-African writers’ collective Jalada has been at the forefront of producing some of the most exciting new work coming from the continent in the last few years. The collective has made a callout for work for their newest anthology under theme Nostalgia.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: July 31​st​, 2020​.

  • International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2021

International Prize for Arabic Fiction

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is delighted to announce that submissions will open for the 14th edition of the prize on Friday 1 May 2020. Submissions will close on Monday 31 August 2020. Eligible novels must be written in Arabic and have been published for the first time between 1 July 2019 and 31 August 2020. This allows for an extension of two months to the eligibility period compared to previous prize cycles and is granted in response to the current disruption to publishing and distribution.

Details: Click here
Deadline: August 31, 2020.

  • Quramo Writers Prize 2020

The Quramo Writers’ Prize is an African award for new and emerging writers. It celebrates unpublished writers who are working every day to hone their craft and record our continent’s original stories. Quramo Publishing Limited is an independent media company committed to producing the highest quality content for our various audiences. Since 2015, through our growing selection of imprints, we have published works of historical nonfiction, contemporary fiction, and children’s books, by a growing list of authors including Yejide Kilanko, Abimbola Dare, and Sefi Atta. The goal is to document and celebrate the many facets of pre and post-colonial African life.

Submission details: Click here.

Deadline: July 30, 2020.