Each January, April, July, and October, we publish three new works of literary art and a new interview with a vital, contemporary writer. Submissions are open year-round.
- Kahini Quarterly considers only original, previously unpublished creative work.
- 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: and everything in-between.
- 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: our decision time is twenty-eight days.
- We do not send rejection letters: if you do not receive a response 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. If you’re not sure what that means for yourself, please consider browsing these notes. We also have some selected archives if you’re interested in seeing the kinds of work we look for, but your true art will be entirely different than what you see there.
- 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 both ignites from these elements but also transcends them–creating, defining, and achieving the condition of art.
Kahini Quarterly’s acceptance rate is currently under 0.0007%, or around one acceptance for every 1,500 submissions. We’re in constant search for great artistic work, and you might be the one writing it.
From 2014-2019 (as Kahini Magazine) we paid $25, then $50, then $100 per work of art. Thanks to a multi-year gift, we now pay $5,000 usd for each work of art. This payment is designed to support working artists.
Payment comes during the quarter of publication: writers in our January-March edition are paid that quarter, writers in our April-June edition are paid that quarter, writers in our July-September edition are paid that quarter, and writers in our October-December edition are paid that quarter.
Ananya Sarkar (Kolkata) 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 (Nairobi) is a writer and the founder of the Literature Africa Foundation. 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 (Kampala) 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 (Kauaʻi) 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 2020.
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 five annual writing retreats: two in Poʻipū, and one each in Kolkata, Las Vegas, and Kampala. A little more about his ethos, if interested.