We are delighted to announce that submissions are now open for our January 2023 Issue. Aligning with our commitment to promoting emerging and established African voices, submissions are open to all African writers.

For this issue, submissions of any theme or genre are welcome, though we are particularly interested in works that explore individuality in a world dominated by group identities. Group identities could also be cultural, religious, familial, ethnical, national, continental, or classic in nature. What does it mean to belong to an in-group without inhibiting the individual? We want to read stories and poems that explore, among other things, the trade-offs between the individual and the collective, the daily forces that prompt individuals to blend in with their in-groups, to break away, or to find a compromise. 

All submitted works will be considered for the Itanile Annual Awards, funded by our partnership with Crystallinks Edu through Collins Elesiro. We encourage you to get a feel of our magazine by reading through our previous issues, beginning with Prisms.


Submit 2 – 4 poems of any length (single poems are not allowed) or any prose work under 5000 words.

Our editors seek a wide range of styles, forms, and aesthetics.

Simultaneous submissions are encouraged. We will verify with you that your work is still available if you are close to being chosen for publishing.

All works must be original and in English. In cases where non-English languages (pidgin, Yoruba, and others) appear, please provide a glossary.

Revisions are not allowed to an entry after it has been submitted. The selected writers will be allowed to revise their manuscripts before publication.

Submissions are open from 13th January – 13th February. The longlist will be released on the 22nd of April.

Published works stand a chance to be selected as winners under different categories of the Itanile Annual Awards.

Submission is strictly through our website. We do not accept email submissions.

By submitting, writers grant Itanile first publishing rights. Be conscious of the fact that you are writing for an online audience, so keep things short, sharp, and exciting. You retain the copyright of your work. Be advised that we will edit your work and sometimes change the title.