Since 2009, Saraba has published the work of several emerging writers from Nigeria and the rest of the African continent. The quality of the writing we have showcased has improved significantly, cheer-led by the enthusiasm of editors and the incredible talent of our contributors. Now, we aim to keep up with this important work throughout 2016 and beyond. Saraba Weekly is our attempt to expand the scope of our publishing initiative: dedicated to the same quality writing from emerging writers Saraba is known for, weekly filling the gaps between the publication of our magazines and poetry chapbooks. We hope to provide timely, thoughtful, clear, and engaging prose online, and to work with emerging writers interested in cultural criticism.

The writing should be cliché-free, striking a balance between personal worldview and consensual ideas, with sufficient wit, candour, and inventiveness. Only occasionally will we publish flash fiction, or reviews of books, films, music albums, and performances. Please do not send such material if we do not solicit for it.

We are interested in short memoirs, reportage, think-pieces, biographical sketches, and any genre-bending nonfiction piece. If you’re unsure about the suitability of your work, send a query to We encourage you to read work we published earlier, such as Yinka Elujoba’s “Mapping Violence,” Kenechi Uzor’s “Nigeria’s MFA Programme,” or Princess Ikatekit’s two-part “Sosh.”

In general, we publish original, previously unpublished work of 750-1000 words, but occasionally accept longer pieces. Work accepted for Saraba Weekly is subject to the same condition as other content in Saraba: first publishing Africa rights, and credit to us if it appears elsewhere.

Only submissions sent through our submissions manager, under the Saraba Weekly category, will be considered. Include a short bio, in third person, below your submission.

We will aim to respond to submissions within 4 weeks. Detailed feedback is unlikely, but we might request for a different piece if we love your writing. Send no more than 1 submission at a time, but feel free to submit more than once.