The Flute is calling for submissions of poems and pictures around Africa.
According to one of the editors, Olajide Salawu, The Flute wants to tell stories of the margin, the ignored tales of the African cities.
In the words of Nigerian poet, Odia Ofeimum, “A city is like a poem. You enter it and you enter into a world of concentrated time.” Odia’s observation makes them think of the city as malleable, changing from time to time, switching tempo from moment to moment. The African city, they guess, can be fast and uncanny, and can offer the balm when we walk in its faith.
The question then is, is the city like a poem? What kind of poem does the city produce to reimagine Henri Lefvebre, what kind of city does the poem produce? With a focus on African cities as an urban capture with many Surrounds, as described by Simone Abdoumaliq, they are thinking of how these urban centers carry the heritage of colonial violence in their walls, roofs, texture, and rhythms.
For The Flute African Urban Echoes Submission, they want poems on Lagos, Accra, Kinshasa, Lonligwe, Durban, Marrakesh, Nairobi, Ouagadougou, Dakar, Luanda, Yaounde, and so on.
Guidelines for The Flute African Urban Echoes Submission
- Send three poems or two images with the subject line: “African Urban Echoes”
- Write them a note on what has inspired you to write this poem.
- They prefer MS Doc attachment
- Include your bio in the body of the email. Learn how to write a proper biography for submission.
- Send submission to: [email protected]
They plan towards compensation for the contributors, alongside publication of selected pieces.
Deadline for The Flute African Urban Echoes Submission
Submission closes September 1st, 2023
For more information, visit The Flute editors twitter. Good luck.