Lolwe is accepting submissions for Issue 5 throughout the month of February (1-28 February 2022). The issue will be guest-edited by Mali Kambandu, Willie Lee Kinard III and Yovanka Paquete Perdigão.

We are looking for work that is bold, different, and blurs or pushes boundaries: play with form and language, ignore genre classifications, send in your fears and joys, your doubts and faiths, your curiosities and silences.

You can read our past issues here.

Please read the submission guidelines and send us your work via Submittable. Submissions via email will not be read.

Submission Guidelines

When to submit: 1 February to 28 February 2022.

What to submit: Fiction, essays, poetry, and photography.

Who can submit: Black (African, Caribbean, Diaspora) artists.

Limit: 1,000-10,000 words for fiction and essays. Min. 3 – Max. 5 poems contained in a single document. Min. 5 – Max. 10 images/artworks in one document alongside 200-500 words about the work.

Format: Word document, Times New Roman, 12pt, double-spaced.

Response time: 3-4 months after submission deadline. Please don’t enquire about submission status until the time has lapsed. Queries to info@lolwe.org.

Multiple submissions: No. Please submit to only one category. Submissions to the wrong category will be automatically rejected.

Simultaneous submissions: Yes. Just remember to withdraw if accepted elsewhere. For poetry, leave a note on submittable indicating which poem(s) is/are no longer available. Please note that failure to withdraw or notify us of work accepted/published elsewhere will lead to an automatic disqualification of the entire work submitted.

Republishing: No. Only original, unpublished submissions will be read. Previously published work is not accepted at all.

Submission fees: None. Feel free to donate a “tip” to us though.

Payment: Lolwe will offer a modest remuneration for work that is accepted for publication. You can help by donating to Lolwe.

Send a brief bio alongside the submission.

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