KAH_MAGKahini magazine accepts year-round submissions of new works of literary art: poetry, prose, cross-genre work, and recorded spoken-word performance. We also publish book reviews and craft lectures in creative writing. 

We pay $50 usd for book reviews; please query before submitting.

We pay $100 usd for written craft lectures. Please query before submitting.

We pay $100 per accepted artistic work (poetry, prose, or cross-genre work.) Please submit without querying.

The best way to discover the kind of work we are looking for is to take out a subscription. Subscriptions benefit the important work of Kahini’s partner organizations: Literature Africa Foundation in Kenya and Writing Our World in Uganda.

If you decide against that, our best advice for writers is in the words of both Francis Ford Coppola–“You cannot make art without risk”–and Ian McEwan: “Very few novels earn their length.”

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. Simultaneous submissions to other magazines are encouraged.

Your mentorship provides opportunities for the next generation of writers to create, revise, and publish
Your support provides opportunities for the next generation of writers to write, publish, and find ongoing inspiration in the writing life.

Submit (or query) by simply sending an email to [email protected]. Your work can be sent in any format you choose. You can include a bio, or not. If we want to showcase your work, we will get in touch with you within ninety days.

Kahini is a unique literary journal in that subscriptions go to support our partner organizations doing great work in East Africa. By reading and by writing, you help build the next generation of writers.

We have worked with these partners since 2014 and humbly ask you to consider taking out a (very inexpensive) $17.50 monthly subscription in addition to your submission. We make it easy, with this button right here! Want to make a one-time purchase, instead? Please follow this link!