Call for Submissions: AKOWDEE Magazine

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Submissions for the magazine’s second issue, titled IKENGA, are open.

IKENGA theme and target audience: 

  • The voice of rebellion, publishing work that defies language, traditions, and politics.
  • Celebrate all things bold and different, welcoming marginalised voices and revolutionary perspectives.
  • Bonus points for queer fiction, speculative fiction, historical fiction, and murder mysteries/thrillers.
  • Only accepts literature-related review

Submit your unpublished work via email to following the below instructions.

  1. Use the subject line format: “[CATEGORY] Submission – [Title] – [Name]”. For example, “ESSAY Submission – Our Is Full Of Shining Things – Samuel Jackson”.
  2. Attach your Word document (.doc or .docx) and name it with the title and genre (e.g., “Fiction King of Matamba Street.docx”).

Word Count:

Fiction & Non-fiction: 1,000-4,000 words
Poetry: Maximum of 2 poems
Review: 2,000 words


  • Double-spaced
  • 12 point font (Times New Roman, Arial, or Garamond)
  • No indented paragraphs for fiction especially prose work

Deadline: 01 August 2024

They accept simultaneous submission, but be sure to inform them if your work is accepted elsewhere before their response.

Aiming for 2-4 weeks with constructive feedback.

AKOWDEE is a tri-annual magazine seeking bold, rebellious voices that push boundaries and defy expectations. They publish fiction, poetry, essays, and reviews that spark dialogue and challenge the status quo. 

AKOWDEE wants entries that are bold and daring. Questioning the norms, breaking out of traditions. If you think you have just the piece, be sure to submit!

Visit their website to read more.

Bongiwe T. Maphosa

Bongiwe T. Maphosa

Bongiwe Maphosa is a budding author with a passion for storytelling. With her thought-provoking narratives, she takes her readers on a literary adventure. Bongiwe's works on the human condition from a fresh perspective have earned her recognition and publications in the Avbob Poetry Anthology of 2019, The Writer's Club of South Africa 2021, and JAY Lit in 2021. She hopes to cement her place in the literary community.