The Shallow Tales Review Submissions / How to Submit (Payment: Publication)

The Shallow Tales Review Magazine calls for fiction, poetry, essays, and photography submissions for their new Issue.

The Shallow Tales Review is an online literary outfit that curates the best literature from Africa and across the world. It was founded in August 2019 by Nigerian writer, critic and editor, Nzube Nlebedim. They are looking for brave pieces. They seek to house marginalised voices, too. The Shallow Tales Review Submissions is for fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews, poems, one-act plays, cultural and social essays, art photographs, and translations that touch on the sensibilities of the African.

Literary criticisms must concern texts that are of modern and African temperament. For essays, they expect themes to be tackled logically and as clearly as possible. By “modern,” they refer to books published at most 10 years before.


Eligibility  for The Shallow Tales Review Submissions

  • Entrants must be African.
  • No Age limit has been set
  • Entry is free
  • They DO NOT publish horror, sci-fi, travellogues or any sociological piece without the slightest literary tilt. They could, however, break their rules for exceptionally great pieces that reflect the African/human condition.
  • To submit stories that are interesting, learn about ways and places to find inspiration.

Submission Guidelines

  • Entries should be sent in by mail to:
  • Use “TSTR Submissions” in the subject line.
  • Non artwork entries should be between 1,500 – 4,000 words and should come in .doc or .docx format.
  • Poetry submissions should not be more than forty (40) lines, per poem. They accept a maximum of three poetry entries at a time.
  • Only previously unpublished works would be reviewed and considered.
  • Reprints are NOT allowed.
  • Do inform them if your piece has been considered or is being considered for publication elsewhere. All intellectual rights revert to the authors.
  • Files should be saved with the title of the work, and in the case of a body of poems, with the first poem in the file.




Learn how to write a proper short bio to assist your Shallow Tales Review Submission. 


For now, they do not pay contributors, but we hope to do so in the nearest future. They, however, nominate for the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing, as well as the Best of a Shallow Year award. 


This submission window is open from January 1st, 2024 to January 20th, 2024. 

For more information and to get familiar with their accepted submissions, visit the Shallow Tales Review Twitter.

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