Our publications and website reflect and represent the best of emerging writing mainly from Nigeria, but also from the rest of the African continent.  Our goal is to give emerging writers the opportunity of having their works published. “Emerging writers” is defined loosely, to spark useful dialogue—but we are interested in writers working out of Nigeria, whose work show tremendous promise but have hardly been published in a major literary magazine.

Saraba’s staff is a small number of committed and enthusiastic but busy writers, scholars and artists. As such, entries that do not keep to our guidelines would not be considered, unfortunately. Interested contributors should consider downloading a copy of one of our past issues.

  • Please send your unpublished work in any of our three broad categories: Fiction, Poetry and Non-Fiction. Do not send in any material that has been published elsewhere in print or on the web.
  • Send no more than one work at a time, and wait for our response before you send another.
  • The maximum word count for fiction works is 4,500, except otherwise announced.
  • We will accept no more than 3 poems at a time.
  • For Non-fiction, we expect a broad range of new creative writing, including short memoirs, interviews, reviews, creative non-fiction, creative journalism, etc. The maximum count for this is 2,500.
  • We are also open to digital art, mainly illustrations. Please send in high resolution jpeg files (not larger than 4 MB).
  • Generally, we give attention to magazine entries that are based on our current theme. Please read the theme calendar for an idea of our forthcoming issues before submitting.
  • Please send alongside a bio of not more than 50 words (in third person).
  • Please only submit on www.saraba.submittable.com.
  • Expect to hear from us 4-6 weeks after submission.

Since 2009, Saraba has published the work of several emerging writers from Nigeria and the rest of the Afr ican continent. The quality of the writing we have showcased has improved greatly, cheer-led by the enthusiasm of editors and the incredible talent of our contributors. Now, we aim to keep up with this important work throughout 2016 and beyond. Saraba Weekly is our attempt to expand the scope of our publishing initiative; dedicated to the same quality writing from emerging writers Saraba is known for, weekly filling the gaps between the publication of our magazines and poetry chapbooks. We hope to provide timely, thoughtful, and engaging prose online, and to work with emerging writers interested in cultural criticism.

The writing should be cliché-free, striking a balance between personal worldview and consensual ideas, with sufficient wit, candour, and inventiveness. Only occasionally will we publish flash fiction, or reviews of books, films, music albums, and performances. Please do not send such material if we do not solicit for it.

In general, we publish original, previously unpublished work of 750-1000 words, but occasionally accept longer pieces. Work accepted for Saraba Weekly is subject to the same condition as other content in Saraba: first publishing Africa rights, and credit to us if it appears elsewhere.

Only submissions sent through this submissions manager will be considered. Include a short bio, in third person, below your submission. If you do not hear from us in 3 weeks, we are likely uninterested in publishing your work. Send no more than 1 submission at a time, but feel free to submit more than once. 

  • Please send your unpublished work in any of our three broad categories: Fiction, Poetry and Non-Fiction. Do not send in any material that has been published elsewhere in print or on the web.
  • We will accept no more than 3 poems at a time.
  • We are also open to digital art, mainly illustrations. Please send in high resolution jpeg files (not larger than 4 MB).
  • Generally, we give attention to magazine entries that are based on our current theme. Please read the theme calendar for an idea of our forthcoming issues before submitting.
  • Please send alongside a bio of not more than 50 words (in third person).
  • Please send your unpublished work in any of our three broad categories: Fiction, Poetry and Non-Fiction. Do not send in any material that has been published elsewhere in print or on the web.
  • Send no more than one work at a time, and wait for our response before you send another.
  • We expect a broad range of new creative writing, including short memoirs, interviews, reviews, creative non-fiction, creative journalism, etc. The maximum count for this is 2,500.
  • Generally, we give attention to magazine entries that are based on our current theme. Please read the theme calendar for an idea of our forthcoming issues before submitting.
  • Please send alongside a bio of not more than 50 words (in third person).
Guidelines...
  • Send no more than one work at a time, and wait for our response before you send another.
  • The maximum word count for fiction works is 4,500, except otherwise announced.
  • Generally, we give attention to magazine entries that are based on our current theme. Please read the theme calendar for an idea of our forthcoming issues before submitting.
  • Please send alongside a bio of not more than 50 words (in third person).
  • Please only submit on www.saraba.submittable.com.
  • We are also open to digital art, mainly illustrations and photographs. Please send in high resolution jpeg files (not larger than 4 MB).
  • Generally, we give attention to magazine entries that are based on our current theme. Please read the theme calendar for an idea of our forthcoming issues before submitting.
  • Please send alongside a bio of not more than 50 words (in third person).