Kahini Quarterly: Submissions

Kahini Quarterly is a literary magazine e-delivered to subscribers each January, April, July, and October. Each edition features three new works of literary art; an extensive interview with an essential, contemporary writer; and new stories, photos, and videos of Kahini’s book-giving program.

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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  • Kahini Quarterly considers original, previously unpublished artistic work.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 the emotionally safe.
  • 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.



From 2014-2019 (as Kahini Magazine) we paid $25, then $100 per artistic work. Beginning with our January, 2021 edition, we pay $1,000 usd per accepted work.


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’s book-distribution program; and hosts five annual writing retreats: two in Poʻipū, Kaua‘i; and one each in Kolkata, India; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Kampala, Uganda. A little more about his ethos, if interested.