Lolwe is accepting submissions for Issue 9 throughout the month of February (1-29 February 2024). The issue will be guest-edited by Ya Mallen Jagne (The Gambia), Karen Nadu Ologoudou (Benin), and Tamanda Kanjaye (Malawi).

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.

While not mandatory, we recommend you have a look at our past issues here before you submit.

Please read the submission guidelines carefully before submitting and send us your work via Submittable. Any work sent via email will not be read and will be automatically rejected.

Submission Guidelines

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

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

When to submit: 1 August to 31 August 2023*.

(*Please note however that due to the volume of submissions we receive, the categories will close once we have reached the submission cap and you will not be able to submit when that happens even if there’s still some time before the deadline. Therefore, we encourage you to submit as early as possible)

How long: 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. (If you’d like to submit an image for the cover, just submit a single high resolution version in the photography category).

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

When to expect a response: 3-4 months after submission deadline. Please don’t enquire about submission status until the time has lapsed. Queries to

Multiple submissions: No. Please submit one submission per submission cycle and to only one category. Any submission to more than one or 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Republishing: No. Only original, unpublished submissions will be read.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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