Published monthly, eleven times per year (November/December is a combined edition), Kahini magazine features craft lectures, interviews, and new artistic works.
We pay $100 usd for craft lectures and interviews. Please query before submitting.
We pay $100 usd for poetry, prose, or cross-genre work. Please submit without querying.
Submit (or query) by simply sending an email to [email protected]. Your work can be sent in any format you choose. You can attach your work, or send it in the body of the email. You can include a bio, or not. If the work is for us we’ll get in touch within ninety days.
In addition to our $100 payment, writers receive the monthly issue in which they’re featured.
The best way to discover the kind of work we’re looking for is to subscribe and read the kind of work we publish. But that’s not required.
Our best advice for writers is in the words of Francis Ford Coppola (“You cannot make art without risk”) and Ian McEwan: “Very few novels earn their length.”
Or this, from Annie Dillard: “One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now. The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better. These things fill from behind, from beneath, like well water.”
Other than that advice, simply send us your truest, most finely tuned artistic work.
Chosen work is responded to within ninety days of your submission. If you do not hear from us within ninety days, that particular work has not been selected. Please only submit work every ninety days.
Our acceptance rate is currently 1.7%.
For accepted work, payment of $100 usd is sent at the end of the publication month. If your piece appears in the June edition, say, payment is sent by the final day of June. Because we work with writers all over the world, payment form (cheque, M-Pesa, etc.) depends on your location and national tax structure; we’ll be in touch with you individually to set it up.
Proceeds after paying our contributors help fund the work of Kahini’s partner organizations Literature Africa Foundation in Kenya and Writing Our World in Uganda. These locally owned, locally governed, and locally staffed NGO organizations work with youth in schools and communities throughout East Africa, including Tanzania and Rwanda. In addition to your submission, by subscribing, you transform the lives of the next generation of writers.
We look forward to reading your work.