Call for short fiction, creative non fiction and poetry in English and Swahili

Kikwetu, a journal of East African Literature welcome submissions of short fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry in English and Swahili for our fourth issue: a special, globally oriented theme issue on “Elections.” Because of the interconnectivity of our planet and the far-reaching effects of elections we are inviting writers from around the world to submit, though we are committed to filling as many pages as possible with work by writers in and from East Africa. The word “Elections” may initially conjure up images of national politics, but we also welcome creative interpretations of this theme.

Please send no more than 1 story of up to 3,000 words, 1 creative essay of up to 3,000 words, or up to 3 poems. You may submit in as many as 2 different genres, though each submission should be sent in a separate email. Submissions will remain open through October 15, 2017.

Please read the following guidelines before submitting:

  • Send all submissions to:
  • Please briefly explain (1-3 sentences) in the body of your email how you feel your work connects to our theme.
  • Stories and essays longer than 3,000 words may be returned unread.
  • Put the word submission in the subject of the email along with the genre and title of your work. For example:    Submission: Fiction: “Your title”
  • All submissions should be in English or Swahili and sent as a word document with a cover page containing the following information: author’s name, title(s) of work, email address, current address and a short third-person biographical statement.
  • We will do our very best to make a decision within three months of submission. Please do not contact us about the status of your submission until three months have passed.
  • We are truly grateful that you are sending us your work. We will read all submissions carefully, but regretfully will not be able to give feedback on all submissions.
  • Submissions must be entirely the work of the submitter and must never have been previously published in print or online (including personal blogs and social media).
  • Kikwetu has first publication rights, but copyright reverts to the author upon publication. In case of republishing your work, we ask that you acknowledge Kikwetu. Kikwetu may republish accepted works in future print anthologies or promotional materials.
  • By submitting your work, you are granting the editors permission to make small copyedits involving grammar and punctuation.
  • By submitting you are agreeing to the above guidelines. Submissions that fail to comply with the guidelines may be returned unread.