Kahini Quarterly

Each January, April, July, and October, Kahini Quarterly showcases three new works of literary art, as well as an interview with an essential, contemporary writer.

Next: January 5, 2021; April 14, 2021; July 7, 2021; October 6, 2021

Artistic Work | Interviews | Submission Guidelines | Honoraria | Editors
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Artistic Work

They Say I Get My Cheekbones from My Father’s Side of Family, My Feet from My Grandmother Who at Fourteen Started Treading Great River Gully
Yashika Graham
October, 2020
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Made of Air
Wayne Lee
October, 2020
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Beyond the Marina
Purnima Bala
October, 2020
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black has every right to be angry
Ashley Elizabeth
July, 2020
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A Gatsby Story
Amina Gautier
July, 2020
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Lessons in Kinyarwanda
Lee Gulyas
July, 2020
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sheillahOur Voices
Sheillah Abaho
April, 2020
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This Balcony I Sit On
Nicholas Samaras
April, 2020
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Selfie
Andrea Walker
April, 2020
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evaSociety Mimics
Nandutu Eva
January, 2020
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greenwellPoem
Western Illinois Tug-of-War League
E. A. Greenwell
January, 2020
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Arborist / Abortionist
Susan Rich
October, 2019
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Dendrochronology
Amy Karon
October, 2019
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A Day of Thrush Songs
Anita K. Boyle
October, 2019
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The Promise of Apocalypse
Allen Braden
July, 2019
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The Uses of Color
Jaya Spier
July, 2019
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Furnace
Michael Daley
July, 2019
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Falling Light
Lorraine Ferra
April, 2019
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What Was He Thinking My Grandfather
Samuel Green
April, 2019
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Catholic Church
E.A. Greenwell
April, 2019
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the restlessness of cattle
Toni Hanner
January, 2019
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Hexagrams 44
W. Nick Hill
January, 2019
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Making a Fire
Betty Kaigo
January, 2019
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To Live
Elegy
Ilya Kaminsky
October, 2018
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Thirty-Two Dead, Eighty Injured, in Nigeria Market Blast
Ssekandi Ronald Ssegujja
October, 2018
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Miscarriage
Jenifer Browne Lawrence
October, 2018
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Play of Light
Wayne Lee
July, 2018
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How We Count in the South
Erin Belieu
July, 2018
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Sacrament
Jenifer Browne Lawrence
July, 2018
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Postcard to My Aborted
Jenifer Browne Lawrence
April, 2018
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One Art
Wayne Lee
April, 2018
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Café At The End Of Time
Gary Lemons
April, 2018
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Because a Baby is in One Arm
Rachel Mehl
January, 2018
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A Hole in the Ice
Dream Fragment on the Eve of My Beloved’s Wedding
Timothy Liu
January, 2018
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Unsleeping, 3:25 am
Timothy Liu
October, 2017
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Tableau d’Haiti
Tim Mayo
October, 2017
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Driving to Work on a Thursday in October: Tonight You Will be Camping at the Coast
Rachel Mehl
October, 2017
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Walking a Friend Through, and Finally Out Of, an Abusive Relationship
Wairimu Mwangi
July, 2017
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Ceilings
Nancy Pagh
July, 2017
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Shadow
Tish Pearlman
July, 2017
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Afterlife
Tish Pearlman
April, 2017
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Moths
Paul Piper
April, 2017
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The Constellations of Slate Belt, Pennsylvania
Sean Prentiss
April, 2017
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Postcard From the North Shore
Tamara Sellman
January, 2017
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The House of Nails
Sayantani Dasgupta
January, 2017
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Flies
Bill Ransom
January, 2017
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Beach Peas
Cake and Bread
Lois Rosen
October, 2016
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Quiet
Michael Schein
October, 2016
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Tonight
Ssegujja Ronald Ssekandi
July, 2016
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Dakini with Flutes at Ugyen Choling
There is Nothing You Cannot Ask of Me
Kim Stafford
July, 2016
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The Cu Chi Tunnels
George Such
April, 2016
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A Note to the Dead
Meredith Trede
April, 2016
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How She Comes to Understand Her Baptism
Maya Jewell Zeller
April, 2016
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My Mother aznd I Visit the Place She Gave Birth
Bedtime Story
Maya Jewell Zeller
January, 2016
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To Have and To Hold
Charisse Flynn
January, 2016
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108 Worldly Desires
Kathie Giorgio
October, 2015
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The Dishwasher
Andrea Walker
October, 2015
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My Grandma’s Last Story
Khemendra Kamal Kumar
October, 2015
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Randy Muses on Juniper Street
Winter Blooms
Shreyasi Majumdar
July, 2015
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Young In Fall
Megan Miller
July, 2015
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Fleeing Fat Allen
Donna Miscolta
April, 2015
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Noé
Deborah Poe
April, 2015
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Water Children
Midge Raymond
April, 2015
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Archeology After Dark
Jean Ryan
January, 2015
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On Vacation
Elizabeth Thorpe
January, 2015
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Sling Words
Dianne Butler
January, 2015
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Offshore Winds
Elizabeth Thorpe
October, 2014
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Patch Kit
Kathryn Trueblood
October, 2014
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The Snow-White Men of India
Sayantani Dasgupta
October, 2014
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El chiclero/The Street Vendor
María de Lourdes Victoria, translated by Martin Boyd
July, 2014
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Silence & Silhouettes
J. Phillip Walker
July, 2014
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These Things That Save Us
Theodore Wheeler
July, 2014
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Without You, Sister
Jean Paul Sekarema
April, 2014
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Kwibuka
Mutoni Shadad
April, 2014
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My Prejudices
Dennis Vannatta
April, 2014
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Joey
Andrea Walker
January, 2014
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Hot Oil, Monsoon Rains
Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor
January, 2014
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Accident on Mulholland Drive
Lindsay Pyfer
January, 2014
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Interviews

An Interview with Thomas Aslin
Finding Emotional Truth
October, 2020
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An Interview with Amina Gautier
And If They Have Eggs, Bring Me Six
July, 2020
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jlawAn Interview with Jenifer Browne Lawrence
In the Company of Trees
April, 2020
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An Interview with Wairimu Mwangi
Supporting the Next Generation
January, 2020
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Nancy-Canyon4An Interview with Nancy Lou Canyon
The Inspiration of the Work
October, 2019
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gladysAn Interview with Glaydah Namukasa
Navigating Language
July, 2019
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An Interview with Ananya Sarkar
Creating Character
April, 2019
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An Interview with Abha Iyengar
The Power of Narrative
January, 2019
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Submission Guidelines

  • Kahini Quarterly considers original, previously unpublished artistic work. (Work that has appeared online in any public form or venue is considered previously published and will not be considered.)
  • Submissions are open year-round.
  • We publish all genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and cross-genre or un-genre work.
  • We have no word-count guidelines: we have published a poem of sixteen words, and regularly consider novella-length work of up to 40,000 words or more.
  • Please email submissions@kahini.org with your work attached in whatever form you choose. If we can’t open the attachment, we’ll let you know. In the “Subject” line, please simply write, “Submission.” In the email itself, please include a short bio/cover letter.
  • Please make sure your name and email address also appear on the attached document itself.
  • If you send multiple pieces, please include them all in one single document attached to a single email. Most writers have around four to five works under consideration with us at any given time.
  • Please feel free to send work under consideration elsewhere (colloquially known as simultaneous submissions).
  • We value your time: we read all submissions within twenty-eight days, and will contact you within that time frame if we’re interested in your material. We regret that, due to the volume of submissions we receive, we will not be in contact with you unless we’re interested in moving forward with your particular piece.
  • We do not send rejection letters: if you do not hear from us within twenty-eight days of a particular submission, Kahini Quarterly is not moving forward with that particular work of art.
  • Please only send us work if you’re writing in your truest artistic voice. We seek work that thrives through an alchemy of sensory detail; setting; character and point of view; plot, structure, and pacing; voice(s), style, and tone; visual presentation; title; authorial identity; and thematic elements. We seek work that ignites from these elements but that also transcends them–defining and creating the condition of art in your own unique way.
  • If you have questions about what we mean by the above, please consider browsing these notes: aesthetically, we generally prefer the raw and the real to work that looks polished but doesn’t say or feel anything.
  • Is there something essential about the particular work of art you’re sending? You know the answer. If there is, send it. If there isn’t, don’t send it yet. Listen to it, until its true heart reveals itself to you.

Kahini Quarterly’s acceptance rate is currently around 0.0007%, or about one acceptance for every 1,500 submissions. We’re in constant search for great new artistic work, and you might be the one writing it.
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Honoraria

From 2014-2019 (as Kahini Magazine) we paid $25, then $100 per artistic work. We currently pay $5,000 for accepted work.
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editorial board 

Ananya Sarkar is a short-story writer, book reviewer, and poet. Her work has been published in such magazines as The Times of India, Woman’s Era, New Woman, 4indianwoman, Children’s World, KidsWorldFun, Muse India, Induswomanwriting, Conversations Across Borders, Indian Ruminations, Earthen Lamp Journal, Spark and The Madras Mag. Ananya won the first prize in both the Story Writing Contest by the American Library, Kolkata, as part of the Fiction Festival 2008 and the Induswomanwriting Poetry Contest, 2012. She was also a prize winner in the LoudReview Review Writing Competition, 2012 and Writers’ HQ Story Competition, 2016. Reading books, watching sitcoms and going for long walks are her favourite hobbies.

Wairimu Mwangi is the founder of the Literature Africa Foundation. Her novels are available widely; her educational textbooks are used in schools across Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Ghana. She is passionate about quality education for all and believes that without books or material to read, literacy suffers and when literacy suffers, opportunities decline. She enjoys mentoring youth, storytelling, travelling, reading and meditating.

Ssekandi Ronald Ssegujja is the founder of Writing Our World, an organization in Uganda that uses writing, debate and spoken word to give a platform to people to express themselves. He is an events organizer who also runs the the writers’ club ‘Coffee and Books’ that happens monthly in Kampala. In 2014, his story ‘Walls and Borders’ won the Eastern Africa Writivism Literary prize.

Jordan Hartt is the author of two collections of narrative poems: “Leap” (Tebot Bach, 2015) and “Drifting,” (Tebot Bach, 2018). A third collection, “Paradise,” is forthcoming from Tebot Bach in 2021.

His lifework is creating experiences where people find the writing craft to reach for their best artistic and human selves, find the writing community to connect with others, and find the ongoing inspiration of the writing life.

To do this, he edits Kahini Quarterly; facilitates Kahini+; and hosts four annual writing retreats: one each in Poʻipū, Kauaʻi; Kolkata, India; Lahaina, Maui; and Kampala, Uganda. A little more about his ethos, if interested.
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