What we’re about

We are a tri-monthly magazine that is open to submission from speculative fiction writers from across Africa and the African Diaspora.

“But Africans don’t do speculative fiction!”

This is something a lot of us interested in speculative fiction have heard many times. And in a world where stereotypes have a way of taking flight and travelling, it is now almost accepted as fact.

However, this is a claim that anyone who has ever sat down to listen to tales of spirit husbands, mermaids and forest dwarfs, whose mats have the ability to make one rich, knows to be false. In our folktales animals talked and the gods walked among men; what is called fantasy today was as real as night and day.

But, we have lost the immediacy of those stories and have been reduced to trafficking in borrowed images that vilify our heritage. This is a tragedy because stories do more than entertain us, the best stories hold up a mirror to the world. They show us not just what is, but what could be, if it chose.

Omenana is the Igbo word for divinity – it also loosely translates as “culture” – and embodies our attempt to recover our wildest stories. We are looking for well-written speculative fiction that bridges the gap between past, present and future through imagination and shakes us out of the corner we have pushed ourselves into.

If you think you’ve got just the tale, send it in; we’d love to show it to the world.

7 thoughts on “What we’re about”

    1. Yes, the term of speculative fiction encompasses stories that are about the extraordinary – science fiction, fantasy, folktales and horror. Stories that are rooted in the real world but have an element of the fantastic, magical realism, also fall into this category.

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  1. I´m writing a SF story that occurs in Rio de Janeiro in the far future… the main characters and its community have as only religion an insect-inspired version of Candomblé. But I´m of mexican origin living in Uruguay… nevertheless would you be interested in my story?

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