Biomek 2 by Tade Thompson
Biomek 2 by Tade Thompson

Omenana, a tri-monthly speculative fiction e-magazine, is open to submissions from writers from Africa and the African Diaspora. Stories and art must be speculative fiction (Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror or Magical Realism) and must involve characters, settings or themes directly related to the African continent. Stories and art should challenge normative ideas about gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religious belief. All stories and art must be in English (translations welcome), must be original works (no fan fiction, sorry) and previously unpublished.

We are very much interested in works that explore alternative futures for Africa and people of African descent – with a preference for positive iterations (though dystopias are welcome too). We would also like to see explorations of the past as well as new interpretations of myths, folklore and magic. We do not accept graphic violent or sexual content.

Above all, we are looking for original ideas, excellent writing and a strong emotional core.

We are also open to essays and reviews that deal with our interest in African speculative fiction. We DO NOT accept poetry, drama or film scripts.


All work must be submitted by e-mail to as a single attachment in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .odt.

Include a cover letter in the body of your e-mail providing your contact details (name – not the pseudonym you write under – address, email and phone number), a brief publication history, a bio of no more than 100 words and a profile photo.

Our current submission window will open August 14, 2016 and will close September 14, 2016.  Work submitted before or after this period will not be considered.

  • All text submissions must be 12-pt font, doubled-spaced.
  • Short fiction should be no more than 5,000 words.
  • You can send in two flash fiction pieces but they should not exceed 1,000 words each.
  • We encourage submissions of creative non-fiction and essays of no more than 3,000 words.
  • Reviews should be between 800 and 1,500 words.
  • Graphic fiction and visual art should be sent in as a .jpg file.
  • Please don’t send revised drafts of works that you have previously submitted or that are already published (both online and offline), unless we specifically ask for them.
  • Accepted work will be paid at a rate of N1 NGN per word.

42 thoughts on “Submissions”

    1. Right now we want to focus on building up emerging writers whose works might not find a home in other places so we’re looking for new writing. If the work is already published we figure it’s probably getting eyes on it already. We want work that hasn’t been seen yet.


  1. Hi, excuse my directness, but what is the price for the winning story, is it in form of money or is it to be published?
    Thank you,
    Kindly, Caroline


    1. Hi Chiamaka. Submission window closes Jan 30 and the magazine is billed for publication February 28. So if you don’t hear back from us by February 15, assume your story was not considered for publication at this time. It is also one submission at a time. Please read the submission guideline to better guide you. Kind regards.


  2. Please I woud like to know if all entries for the Omenana speculative fiction writing would have a chance to be placed on the list of submissions on your submissions home page?


  3. Please clarify the submission deadline. The article states that the window is July 1st to July 31st, but some of the comments indicate that they close January 31 2016? Thank you


  4. Can we submit more than one piece of writing in the different categories? If so, do they all have to be in one document or separate documents?


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