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
Made of Air
Beyond the Marina
black has every right to be angry
A Gatsby Story
Lessons in Kinyarwanda
This Balcony I Sit On
Arborist / Abortionist
A Day of Thrush Songs
Anita K. Boyle
The Promise of Apocalypse
The Uses of Color
What Was He Thinking My Grandfather
the restlessness of cattle
W. Nick Hill
Making a Fire
Thirty-Two Dead, Eighty Injured, in Nigeria Market Blast
Ssekandi Ronald Ssegujja
Jenifer Browne Lawrence
Play of Light
How We Count in the South
Jenifer Browne Lawrence
Postcard to My Aborted
Jenifer Browne Lawrence
Café At The End Of Time
Because a Baby is in One Arm
Unsleeping, 3:25 am
Driving to Work on a Thursday in October: Tonight You Will be Camping at the Coast
Walking a Friend Through, and Finally Out Of, an Abusive Relationship
The Constellations of Slate Belt, Pennsylvania
Postcard From the North Shore
The House of Nails
Ssegujja Ronald Ssekandi
The Cu Chi Tunnels
A Note to the Dead
How She Comes to Understand Her Baptism
Maya Jewell Zeller
To Have and To Hold
108 Worldly Desires
My Grandma’s Last Story
Khemendra Kamal Kumar
Young In Fall
Fleeing Fat Allen
Archeology After Dark
The Snow-White Men of India
El chiclero/The Street Vendor
María de Lourdes Victoria, translated by Martin Boyd
Silence & Silhouettes
J. Phillip Walker
These Things That Save Us
Without You, Sister
Jean Paul Sekarema
Hot Oil, Monsoon Rains
Accident on Mulholland Drive
An Interview with Thomas Aslin
Finding Emotional Truth
An Interview with Wairimu Mwangi
Supporting the Next Generation
An Interview with Nancy Lou Canyon
The Inspiration of the Work
An Interview with Glaydah Namukasa
An Interview with Ananya Sarkar
An Interview with Abha Iyengar
The Power of Narrative
- Kahini Quarterly considers original, previously unpublished artistic work.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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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.