Submission Guidelines

The following are high-level guidelines for contributors to consider before making submissions to Literandra for publication; on our blog, main site, and/or other publication(s):

Book Reviews

We are always looking for new African perspectives on existing (and upcoming) works of literature. To pitch a potential review, please send an email to us at contact@literandra.com and we’ll take it from there.

Alternatively, pre-written reviews may be submitted online by following the instructions on the website articles page.

Word count: 500 to 1,500 words

Essays

Essays that explore issues that are relevant to aspects of the African context, are always welcome for consideration. 

Please note that essays do not necessarily have to be academic. Opinion essays can be great reads too, but academic essays must be well researched and referenced appropriately.

To pitch an essay idea, please send an email to us at contact@literandra.com or to submit a pre-written essay, follow the instructions on the website articles page.

Word count: 1,500 to 2,500 words

Photography (Photo Essays)

We are currently interested in featuring photography essays on our website, especially (but not limited to) those that are socially relevant to contemporary African discourses on the continent and beyond.

To pitch a photography essay idea, please send an email to us at contact@literandra.com including a summary of your essay and as many of your photographs as possible.

Word count: 500 to 2,500 words

Poetry

We are always interested in poetry contributions, and while we may not always be able to help with poetry ideas, pre-written poems may be submitted online by following the instructions on the website articles page.

Word count: maximum of 2,500 words

Reading Lists (Thematic Book Recommendations)

Following the continued success of our reading lists on Instagram, and the never ending demand for thematic book recommendations, we are currently interested in featuring thematic reading lists on our website.

To pitch a reading list idea, please send an email to us at contact@literandra.com along with the books you intend to recommend. Alternatively, you can submit a pre-written listicle by following the instructions on the website articles page.

Word count: 500 to 1,500 words

Short Fiction

African stories lie at the heart of what makes us what we are. As a result, we are always keen to read and share as much of it as we can. At the moment, we are interested in short stories and vignettes that embody aspects of the African experience, but we are open to other forms of short fiction, so do reach out if you have any novel ideas.

To pitch a short fiction idea, please send an email to us at contact@literandra.com or to submit a pre-written short fiction piece, follow the instructions on the website articles page.

Word count: 1,500 to 2,500 words

Print/Digital Collection

To submit a piece for one of our print and/or digital issues, please read our latest call for submissions and follow the instructions contained within.

Word count: see the latest call for submissions for word limit details.

Style Guide

Before making a submission; even after reading the high-level guidelines above, please read our more detailed style guide, to ensured that your submission meets our requirements.