Kalahari Review

Kalahari Review, Call to African Writers and Photographers for Submissions

The Kalahari Review is an African-centric magazine interested in material exploring modern Africa and Africans in unique and avant-garde ways. Telling new stories from everyday African life as told by the people that are living it. They are looking for stories that have not often been told but should be — through voices that have not yet been heard — but should. They are interested in works on both the continent and the diaspora.

Kalahari Review hopes to push the limits and expose the world to aspects of Africa not often shown — both the positives and the negatives.

Submission Guidelines

  • In the body of the email must be a query letter. In the query please include: an explanation of the genre your submission is (poetry, fiction, non-fiction, personal essay, photography, visual art — etc.) as well as contact details, country of origin, your Twitter handle if you have one, a link to your blog or website and a short bio written in the third person.
  • Then attach your work according to the genre specification below.

(If you are unfamiliar with query letters — there is an excellent guide on submitting to literary publications that will help you: here.)

  • They read all the submissions and should respond that they have received it and are putting it into our submission cycle within a week of receiving your submission. If you don’t hear from them after a week’s time feel free to contact them and confirm they received it.
  • Each new submission should be sent on a fresh email chain to avoid confusion with previous submissions.
  • Please do not submit more than one submission at a time.
  • Simultaneous submissions are ok, but they do not accept work that has been published elsewhere already.
  • All rights to the works revert to the artists on publication. However, they do request that if it is published elsewhere that The Kalahari Review is noted as the original publisher.

Genre-specific Requirements

Fiction, essays, humor pieces, articles, profiles, memoirs, interviews, etc: Should be single-spaced format and be attached as a Microsoft Word document and should be accompanied by a proper query letter in the body of the email. Please include any photos or graphic illustrations that you feel would help your piece.

Poetry: Poems must be submitted in collections of 2–4 poems — attached as a Microsoft Word document and should be accompanied by a proper query letter in the body of the email. Poetry, unfortunately, can not have advanced typesetting. Due to the nature of HTML, word wrap changes and the changes in type as a webpage scales from desktop to tablet to phone screens, it is not possible to guarantee the typeset from screen to screen. (So while we may be able to replicate your typesetting on a full desktop screen, it would be a jumbled mess as readers of smaller screens finds it.) Because of this poems should be submitted either left or center aligned.

Photos, paintings, digital art, illustrations, cartoon portfolios: Should be sent in collections of 6–12, as JPG attachments and should be accompanied by a proper query letter in the body of the email.

Important Note: Please thoroughly check your Kalahari Review submissions for proper formatting, grammar, and punctuation. Gross errors in these areas will seriously damage any work’s consideration for publication.

Compensation: Unfortunately, at this time Kalahari Review is unable to pay its contributors. However, their goal is to be able to provide a place where an African artist can receive proper compensation for their work. They are working very hard to acquire advertisers and sponsorships. When they have the proper funding then they will change the policy on compensation.

How to Submit to Kalahari Review

All submissions should be emailed to editor@kalaharireview.comThe subject line of the email should state the artist’s name and title of the work.

The Igby Prize for Nonfiction

The Igby Prize is Kalahari Review’s monthly nonfiction/essay contest. The winner each month will receive a $50 USD prize.

Each month will have a theme. When submitting to the contest please specify in the query letter that it is for the contest and which theme.

Note: For their purposes Nonfiction is defined as: “Writing that is about facts or real events” and “The branch of literature comprising works of narrative prose dealing with or offering opinions or conjectures upon facts and reality, including biography, history, memoir and the essay (opposed to fiction and distinguished from poetry.”

Find general submission guidelines: Here

The deadline for contest submissions is the 20th of each month.

NOTE: Please take the time to enjoy the content on the Kalahari Review website and get an understanding of what they publish before submitting. Because it’s a web-based publication there is no word count restrictions and no deadlines.


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