African Voices is an international, literary magazine devoted to the promotion of fiction, non- fiction, poetry and visual arts created by people of color. Founded in 1992, African Voices is published three times a year (2 print issues and 1 digital issue) and distributed throughout the United States and abroad. We encourage writers and artists to review sample copies before submitting work so they are familiar with our editorial style. African Voices publishes short stories and poetry online on a monthly basis.
We have an open submissions policy that is year round. Please note, African Voices prioritizes and publishes work from writers from the African Diaspora and people of color. All styles of poetry are considered including avant-garde, free verse, haiku, light verse and traditional. All subject matter of poems are considered for publication. The small reading fee helps cover the use of the online platform (it is relatively the same cost of postage).
Payment: African Voices pays on average $25-$150 for original poems, plus two contributors' copies. We pay authors in contributors' copies for poetry book excerpts.
The Guidelines are as follows:
• Poetry submissions should not exceed three pages.
• All submissions should come with a short bio and cover letter attached.
• Please format your submissions as Microsoft Word document.
• Writers are to submit no more than 5 poems for consideration.