The Journal of African Youth Literature (also known as JAY Lit) is currently seeking submissions for its new issue.
JAY Lit publishes literature written in languages spoken in African that are by, about, and/or for born-in-Africa youths. For the purposes of the Journal, ‘African’ is defined according to place of birth or heritage. It is not related to colour or race. The youth age category is 15-35 years. Therefore, the Journal will publish literature written by Africans from the age of 15 years up to 35. JAY Lit will also publish literature by other individuals who are writing about and for African youths.
The Journal is a platform for youth authors and readers in particular. All published work must generally meet at least one of the following requirements:
– Written by a youth aged 15 to 35 years;
– Written for youths aged 15 to 35 years; and/or
– Written about youths aged 15 to 35 years.
Guidelines for Submission for The Journal of African Youth Literature Submission
JAY Lit will publish all forms of poetry, including oral, rhyming and non-rhyming poems, haiku, sonnets, etc., and even song lyrics. They will also consider themed collections. JAY Lit will take genre fiction, creative non-fiction, historical fiction, memoirs, flash and micro fiction, “I” stories, polyphonic narratives, etc.
They encourage submissions in any and all African languages, and in languages widely spoken in Africa, such as English, French and Portuguese. To help in making a decision on non-English texts, please include a short summary in English of what your submission is about when you send it.
Formatting and sending your submission
- Use 11 or 12 point Times New Roman or another standard black font
- 1.5 line spacing with justified alignment
- British or American English are accepted, but be consistent
- Add page numbers at the bottom of the page
- Send documents in MS Word format
- Comics and images can be in any common file format, e.g. PDF, PNG
- Please send good-quality image files of yourself and any artwork
- With your submission, you can send a photo of yourself and a third-person bio up to 70 words.
- Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but you must let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions occur when the author sends a piece to more than one potential publisher.
- Please send all submissions to [email protected]
What will help your submission get published?
- Your original writing not copied from elsewhere/plagiarised
- Never published before online or in print
- Correct spelling and grammar (to the best of your ability). Learn how to edit your work before submitting.
- Simple, easy to work with formatting
- No discrimination, rants, hate speech, sermons, advice columns, or porn
- No excessive, gratuitous/pointless violence or swearing
- Fits the requirements of being by, about, and/or for African youths
- Requires no or minimal editing
Submission window closes on the 14th of November, 2023.
To learn more about this competition, visit the Journals Social Media Page. Goodluck.