Itanile accepts submissions twice a year for her biannual issues. Our open submission calls are announced twice a year and we consider all entries submitted only during the two reading periods. Submissions made outside the reading period will still be considered in the next open call.
We seek inventive works that speak to the human condition in a complex local and global context from an individual perspective. Itanile invites you to consider Africa and the world including all the complexities they bring from where you stand. We want to read about your moments of clarity, confusion, anger, pain, surprise, wonder and joy; about your perception and experiences with people and places, geographically or psychologically; about your longings, struggles, dreams, reflections, regrets, failures and triumphs.
In rewarding the efforts and commitments of literary creatives for advancing the African experience through storytelling, we are launching an annual award in five categories: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Essay, Poetry, and the Chapbook Award. The winner(s) in each category will receive $200 each. Writers can qualify for the awards by sending in their works to Itanile during our reading periods through January and July. Only works published by Itanile throughout the year—up till October—will be considered for the awards. The awarded works, selected by guest editors, will be chosen based on strength, quality, and impact on the Itanile community.
JUDGES & EDITORS
Selected judges will work alongside the Itanile team to select winners of the prizes.
- Works must be previously unpublished, and by that we mean that the story must not have appeared anywhere online or in print, even in your personal blog. However, we welcome simultaneous submissions, and only ask that you notify us at (firstname.lastname@example.org) once your work is accepted elsewhere.
- Please only submit one piece per category (Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Essay, Poetry, and the Chapbook) at a time. Writers submitting for the poetry category can submit a maximum of three poems.
- Fiction, creative nonfiction and essay submissions should be kept under 2,500 words.
- We aim to respond within two months. Authors of selected pieces for Prisms will be duly notified. Subsequently, if your work is chosen for the Itanile Award, you will be notified by mail in November, and a shortlist as well as the list of eventual winners will be released in December.
- Note that we have 2 reading periods in the year. The first reading period is Jan – Feb (Submission deadline – Jan 31st). Our second reading period is Jul – Aug (Submission deadline – Jul 31st). Each call for submission marks the beginning of our reading period and will be announced on itanile.org. All dates are flexible so writers are encouraged to register on the site and subscribe to receive emails from us.
- Submission is strictly through our website submission process. We do not accept email submissions.
For chapbook submissions click here.
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. If your work is not published simply write another.