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Nnoko submissions

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.

Special Note: We do not have deadlines — unless it is for a specific contest, in those cases, it will be stated. We welcome your submissions anytime.

Special Note 2: Failure to follow these guidelines can and will result in your submission getting rejected. To emphasize this point, we will have it at the bottom of this page again.

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, Nnoko 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

We usually respond within 10–14 days of submission. If unfortunately your piece is rejected, then fret not! You can still send us something else from your arsenal. What we ask is that you kindly wait for another 14 days before sending in another work for consideration.

Then attach your work with these genre-specific requirements:

Fiction, essays, humour pieces, articles, non-fiction, plays:
Should be single-spaced format and be attached as a Microsoft Word document. Please include any photos or graphic illustrations that you feel would help your piece.

Series: Should be single-spaced format and each chapter sent in different Microsoft word document

Poetry: Single page — attached as a Microsoft Word document. [Three poems max, per submission]

All write-ups should be no more than three thousand (3000) words.

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.


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:

Remember! Failure to follow these guidelines will result in your submission getting rejected.