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Submissions are currently open until March 2023

Just like the name, Nnọkọ is a gathering of African Literature and Art. We are always on the lookout for fresh literature and art from African Writers and Writers of Colour. If you write or create art, we would love to hear from you.

What Are We Looking For?

Our sole purpose is promoting the creativity that the African continent possesses by publishing pen wielders for readers around the globe and appreciators of art, because, what’s art without exposure?
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 providing a home for stories that push the limits. Stories only you can write. Stories that give us a glimpse of just how colourful the pages of your imagination can be.


Unfortunately, Nnọkọ is unable to pay contributors at this time. However, we are working hard to reach a position where contributors can receive compensation for their work.

What We Publish

  • Short Stories
  • Series
  • Poetry
  • Non-Fiction
  • Plays
  • Essays

Fiction, essays, humour pieces, articles, non-fiction, plays:
Should be single-spaced format and as a Microsoft Word document. 

Series: Should be single-spaced format and each chapter sent in different Microsoft Word documents.

Poetry: Single page, as a Microsoft Word document. (Three poems max per submission)

All write-ups should be no more than three thousand (3000) words. Please include any photos or graphic illustrations that you feel would help your piece.

Please Note: We do not accept multiple submissions, but we do consider simultaneous submissions. Please inform us when your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere. 

When We Accept

We are currently open to submissions! Just click the button below and follow the instructions to complete your submission. The submissions window will be open from the 12th of February, 2023 until the 31st of March, 2023.
We will use the whole of April 2023 to respond to accepted submissions.

Due to the influx of submissions we get, we are only able to send out acceptance emails. We are unable to send rejections as well as offer feedback on submissions.


Writers retain full rights to their work post-publication. If you would like to republish your story elsewhere, please make sure that Nnọkọ is credited and linked to as the original publisher. Work should be previously unpublished – personal blogs and websites are an exception.

Questions? Send us a mail:

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