Omenana Magazine is currently open for fiction, and non-fiction submissions from writers living in Africa or African writers living anywhere in the world for its special edition, The Urban Legend Issue.
Omenana is looking out for imaginative speculative fiction (Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror or Magical Realism) that has compelling characters and settings with strong relation to the African continent based on the Urban Legend theme. The ideal story should challenge normative ideas about gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religious belief.
The Urban Legend Issue will feature imaginative stories drawn from African folklore, myths and legends that have been passed on for generations. The kind of monster stories that served as tales of caution, thrill, and wonder such as Lady Koi Koi, the lady known for the sound of the clatter of her heels, walking about at night in search of something; Gbomogbomo, the mysterious ghost that kidnaps people; Abiku, the child with the ability to reincarnate; or the bush babies of Nairobi. You may interpret the theme as broadly as you like, and you can place the stories in any historic era.
- All submissions must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org a single attachment in either doc or docx format. The manuscript should be typed in Times New Roman (Size 12) using double line spacing. (British English spellings).
- Include a cover letter in the body of your e-mail providing your contact details, story title, address, email and phone number, a brief publication history, a bio of no more than 100 words and a profile photo.
- The maximum word count for fiction submissions is 5000 words. The maximum word count for non-fiction is 3000. Any submission that exceeds the word count will not be read.
- All works must be previously unpublished.
- Submission closes on October 30, 2018.
- Accepted submissions will be paid at a rate of N5,000 per story.