Call for Submissions

 ‘Dispatches from Afropolis’: An Anthology

We are seeking submissions for an anthology of written work intended for publication in Fall 2014. The book will be self-published. The beating heart of this anthology, entitled Dispatches from Afropolis, will be an exploration of the question, “What is an Afropolitan?”* The publication will provide diverse and critical perspectives that will serve to answer, expand our understanding and challenge this compelling question and how it informs (or does not inform) the diverse experiences of African immigrants.

We invite individuals to submit previously unpublished works that critically engage the contours and depth of African experiences and identities. We seek primarily English-language** submissions that explore how African immigrant identities intersect with race, gender, socioeconomic class, sexuality, citizenship, language, religion, privilege etc. We welcome submissions from self-identified Africans from all parts of the continent (including North Africa), Africans living and/or working on the continent or abroad, first or second generation Africans born and/or raised abroad, and all of the above.

We seek essays, creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry, photography and artwork. We highly encourage candor, humor and openness in all submissions. We encourage writers and artists to ask tough questions and address realities as they see and experience them. All submissions are welcome as are any questions regarding the scope and content of the anthology. We firmly believe that all identities are at their core fluid, dynamic, ever-changing and we hope that potential contributors to this work will feel inspired and empowered to dig deep, reflect critically and write/create powerfully.

Please send one (1) submission of up to 3000 words as a SINGLE attachment to dispatchesfromafropolis@gmail.com.

Images and artwork should be sent as attachments in jpg. or tiff. format. Artwork and photography are limited to two (2) per applicant.

Please be sure to include your full name, mailing address, phone number, e-mail, title(s) of work submitted, type of submission. The subject line should include your name and the type of submission (e.g. “Adele– Fiction Submission”). All submissions are DUE MAY 30, 2014. Please note, incomplete submissions will not be considered. Contributors who are chosen for the final book will receive two hard copies upon publication. Contributors will retain all rights to their own work, its reproduction and promotion as it appears in the anthology.

Please check out the blog ‘Dispatches from Afropolis’ for updates, additional information & inspiration!

* Writer Taiye Selasi first coined the term ‘Afropolitan’ in her seminal essay “Bye-Bye Babar: (Or What is An Afropolitan?”)

** We fully acknowledge the vast diversity of language within African experiences. Due to the limitations of the editing process and a primarily English-speaking audience, we will only accept prose submissions written in English. HOWEVER, any poetry or brief statements and/or dialogue in prose submissions may be in other languages or dialects. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

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