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. We are looking for stories that have not often been told but should be – through voices that have not yet been heard - but should. We are interested in works from both the continent and the diaspora.
We hope to push the limits and expose the world to aspects of Africa not often shown - both the positives and the negatives.
Please take the time to enjoy the content on the site and get an understanding for what we publish before submitting.
Because this is a web-based publication there are no word count restrictions and no deadlines.
The Kalahari Review is always open for submissions.
Compensation: Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to pay our contributors. However, our goal is to be be able to provide a place where an African artist can receive proper compensation for their work. We are working very hard to acquire advertisers and sponsorships. When we have proper funding we will change our policy on compensation.
Thank you for being a part of the community and good luck.
All submissions should be meet the following guidelines:
All submissions should be emailed to: email@example.com
The subject line of the email should state the artist’s name and title of the work.
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.)
We read all the submissions and should respond that we have received it and are putting it into our submission cycle within a week of receiving your submission. If you don’t hear from us after a week’s time feel free to contact us and confirm we 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 we do not accept work that has been published elsewhere already.
All rights to the works revert to the artists on publication. However, we do request that if it is published elsewhere that The Kalahari Review is noted as the original publisher.
Genre specific requirements:
Fiction, essays, humour 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 should 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 maybe able to replicate your typesetting on a full desktop screen, it would be a jumbled mess as readers of smaller screens find 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.
Podcasts: Pitch letters for shows should be in the body of the email. In the pitch, you should give a detailed plan for your show, including how often the show will appear. We will be accepting ideas for regular shows and also for once off shows for special reports, events, etc. Please include any photos or graphic illustrations that you feel would help your pitch. We also accept pilot shows for consideration.
Note: Please thoroughly check your submissions for proper formatting, grammar and punctuation. Gross errors in these areas will seriously damage any work's consideration for publication.