THE AFRICAN LITERARY HUSTLE

Guest Editors: Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy

When African literature is published in the West, it is too often realist, in English, and always in the spirit of Chinua Achebe. But romance, science fiction, fantasy, epic, experimental poetry, satire, political allegory all find expression in Africa, though not necessarily publication. Those who are called to write often have to hustle to get recognition by writing a coming-of-age colonial encounter tale or hustle even harder to have their unique voices heard.

In a special issue of New Orleans Review guest edited by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy, we will celebrate (and publish) popular and not-so popular writing from Africa. We are looking for literature (in all the above named forms and others we can’t predict) and critical essays that expand the dimensions of African literature, contribute defiant visions, provide new translations, or revise narratives of the tradition or the hustle.

Prose submissions should be 7,500 words or fewer; poetry submissions five poems or fewer. Simultaneous submissions are okay. Submission deadline: December 31, 2016.


 

THE AFRICAN LITERARY HUSTLE

Guest Editors: Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy

When African literature is published in the West, it is too often realist, in English, and always in the spirit of Chinua Achebe. But romance, science fiction, fantasy, epic, experimental poetry, satire, political allegory all find expression in Africa, though not necessarily publication. Those who are called to write often have to hustle to get recognition by writing a coming-of-age colonial encounter tale or hustle even harder to have their unique voices heard.

In a special issue of New Orleans Review guest edited by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy, we will celebrate (and publish) popular and not-so popular writing from Africa. We are looking for literature (in all the above named forms and others we can’t predict) and critical essays that expand the dimensions of African literature, contribute defiant visions, provide new translations, or revise narratives of the tradition or the hustle.

Prose submissions should be 7,500 words or fewer; poetry submissions five poems or fewer. Simultaneous submissions are okay. Submission deadline: December 31, 2016.

THE AFRICAN LITERARY HUSTLE

Guest Editors: Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy

When African literature is published in the West, it is too often realist, in English, and always in the spirit of Chinua Achebe. But romance, science fiction, fantasy, epic, experimental poetry, satire, political allegory all find expression in Africa, though not necessarily publication. Those who are called to write often have to hustle to get recognition by writing a coming-of-age colonial encounter tale or hustle even harder to have their unique voices heard.

In a special issue of New Orleans Review guest edited by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy, we will celebrate (and publish) popular and not-so popular writing from Africa. We are looking for literature (in all the above named forms and others we can’t predict) and critical essays that expand the dimensions of African literature, contribute defiant visions, provide new translations, or revise narratives of the tradition or the hustle.

Prose submissions should be 7,500 words or fewer; poetry submissions five poems or fewer. Simultaneous submissions are okay. Submission deadline: December 31, 2016.

THE AFRICAN LITERARY HUSTLE

Guest Editors: Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy

When African literature is published in the West, it is too often realist, in English, and always in the spirit of Chinua Achebe. But romance, science fiction, fantasy, epic, experimental poetry, satire, political allegory all find expression in Africa, though not necessarily publication. Those who are called to write often have to hustle to get recognition by writing a coming-of-age colonial encounter tale or hustle even harder to have their unique voices heard.

In a special issue of New Orleans Review guest edited by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy, we will celebrate (and publish) popular and not-so popular writing from Africa. We are looking for literature (in all the above named forms and others we can’t predict) and critical essays that expand the dimensions of African literature, contribute defiant visions, provide new translations, or revise narratives of the tradition or the hustle.

Poetry submissions should be five poems or fewer. Simultaneous submissions are okay. Submission deadline: December 31, 2016.

THE AFRICAN LITERARY HUSTLE

Guest Editors: Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy

When African literature is published in the West, it is too often realist, in English, and always in the spirit of Chinua Achebe. But romance, science fiction, fantasy, epic, experimental poetry, satire, political allegory all find expression in Africa, though not necessarily publication. Those who are called to write often have to hustle to get recognition by writing a coming-of-age colonial encounter tale or hustle even harder to have their unique voices heard.

In a special issue of New Orleans Review guest edited by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Laura Murphy, we will celebrate (and publish) popular and not-so popular writing from Africa. We are looking for literature (in all the above named forms and others we can’t predict) and critical essays that expand the dimensions of African literature, contribute defiant visions, provide new translations, or revise narratives of the tradition or the hustle.

Prose submissions should be 7,500 words or fewer; poetry submissions five poems or fewer. Simultaneous submissions are okay. Submission deadline: December 31, 2016.

We are looking for reviews of books (all genres) forthcoming or published in the last year or two. That said, we also publish reviews of older, perhaps overlooked gems. We publish book reviews online and reviewers have the option of remaining anonymous.

  1. Reviews should be between 500 and 1500 words.
  2. Please follow MLA style and format: double-spaced, Times New Roman 12-point type, numbered pages, block quotes for quotations longer than four lines, and in-text citations.
  3. At the top of the first page include publication information: book title (subtitle if any), publisher and date of publication, price, and number of pages.
  4. Please submit your review as a Word or rtf document.

A good review should tell the reader what the book is about (without giving away the ending), whether or not the book is successful in its intent, and why the book should be read.

When reviewing academic books, the reviewer should place the book in the context of the field, i.e., stating the book’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to other scholarly work in the field.

The book review editor may make minor edits and/or may have substantial suggestions for changes.

If the book has no redeeming features, please do not review it. Completely negative reviews are not very helpful or rewarding to read.

$ 3.00

Fiction pieces up to 2,500 words. Flash fiction welcome. No previously published work (online or in print). Simultaneous submissions okay; if your work is taken elsewhere, please use the “withdraw” function in our submissions manager.

$ 3.00

Submit nonfiction pieces up to 2,500 words. Flash nonfiction welcome. No previously published work (online or in print). Simultaneous submissions okay; if your work is taken elsewhere, please use the “withdraw” function in our submissions manager.

$ 3.00

Submit up to five pages of poems. No previously published work (online or in print). Simultaneous submissions okay; if your work is taken elsewhere, please use the “withdraw” function in our submissions manager.

Please note in cover letter that you'd like a sample copy, specify specific issue if desired (38.1 and earlier available), and provide mailing address.

$ 5.00

To receive a copy of a recent issue of New Orleans Review, please provide name and mailing address. Provide volume and number if you would like a specific back issue; available issues include 38.1 or earlier.

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