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Agbowo Magazine, of the best African literary magazines. Find out how to submit your work and get paid upon acceptance.

How To Submit To Agbowo Literary Magazine

Agbowo Literary Magazine

Agbowo Magazine, in their focus and dedication to provide wide coverage for the works of writers, most especially those in Africa, has released a new schedule for entries and reading periods. This is to ensure writers get quick response as regard their submitted works.

According to Agbowo Magazine:

This will ensure that editors have ample time to work with writers to polish their masterpieces and that Agbowo’s growing reading audience will read only the most intriguing and most innovative works of literary art being published on the African continent today.

Being a Nigerian literary magazine, Agbowo Magazine have also been able to compensate writers for their accepted works by paying them and publishing their respective works in their issues.


The contributors of the weekly online publication will be paid, according to the following;

  • Single Poems - $25
  • Suites of poems (2-4) - $50
  • One act plays - $50
  • Essays and Fiction - $75
Submission Fee: $0

Agbowo Magazine Submission Window

Quarter 1
Q1 reading period-  September 1 – November 30 
Q1 decisions - December 5

Quarter 2
Q2 reading period - December 1 - February
Q2 decisions - March 5

Quarter 3
Q3 reading period - March 1 - May 31
Q3 decisions - June 5

Quarter 4
Q4 reading period - June 1 – August 31
Q4 decisions - September 5       

 During these submission and reading periods, the following number of works will be accepted in each genre.

  • 3 short stories
  • 3 essays or works of creative non-fiction
  • 6 poems. 

Agbowo Literary Magazine Submission Guidelines 

You are advised to read the submission guidelines thoroughly before proceeding to submission.


They accept poems of any length, form or style.

You are to send only three poems at a time.

What they want:

 We are looking for poems from poets of African origin that move us by the freshness and keenness of their sound, their fluidity, the orality of their verse and the profundity of their theses. We also welcome humorous poems and political poems.

Poems should be attached as either Microsoft Word or PDF documents (or both when the physical form is intricate). Poems submitted must be previously unpublished on any platform. 

Each poem should be titled and every new poem should begin on a new page. They prefer you use a Times New Roman font with a 1.5 spacing. 

Simultaneous submissions are welcome. However, if your work has been accepted somewhere else, you are obliged to inform them.

Also, attach a portrait picture, a short bio of less than 100 words and your social media handles.


Send a maximum of one story per submission window. Works submitted should not have been published elsewhere.

 While you are welcome to send flash fiction,  Agbowo Magazine usually publish stories with the 1500 – 5000 word range.

Stories should be attached as Microsoft Word documents. Stories submitted must be previously unpublished on any platform. 

Use a Times New Roman font with a 1.5 spacing. While they accept simultaneous submissions, please be kind enough to inform them if your submission has been accepted by another journal.

Also, attach a portrait picture, a short bio of less than 100 words and your social media handles.


What they want:
Essays may explore a wide variety of themes. Everything and anything is allowed. We, however, are on a particular lookout for essays with roots wholly or partly lodged within the context of Africa, either through subjects under focus or case studies. We are also keen on ideas which are plucked outside the box and, if possible, without the box in sight. We give premium to uncommon topics, approaches and styles.

Essays must be written in the English language. Broken English is also acceptable.

Essays should be no longer than 3500 words and no less than 750.

Essays should be previously unpublished.

Submissions should be in an electronic form and attached as Microsoft Word documents.

Write “Essay Submission” and the title of your piece in the subject line of your email.

Include a cover letter and a biography ranging between 100 and 200 words.

A clear photograph of the author should also be attached.

Plagiarism is not condoned. All quotes should be duly acknowledged.

Please attach your social media handles as well so they can tag you upon publication.


One Act Plays (new)

They consider the publication of one act plays with running times between 10 and 30 minutes.

Submissions can explore any theme and can be genre bending as well.

"We are open to new ideas so the plays can be experimental."

The submission should have a maximum cast of 7 characters. There can be room for three minor characters with limited dialogues.

Submissions should include a cover letter with a brief summary of the play, the name and location of the playwright, the running time, performance history (if it has been performed before) and awards (if it has won any awards).

Submissions should be in Microsoft Word documents.

Only finished scripts of one act plays are acceptable. Do not submit drafts of works in process. Previously produced plays are welcomed.

The play must be a complete one act play, not a part of a larger work. 

Visual Art and Photography

This platform encourages artists to contribute to the ever-growing archive of artistic ideas of our time. Artworks can be on any number of subjects, just as long as the theme helps portray the culture in a unique yet relatable manner. In other words, the more idealistic and daring, the preference we give. We hope to assist your creative journey by preserving your works and showcasing them on both our Monthly and Instagram feed.

Submit your works (preferably a portfolio of 3-5 works around a singular theme) as high resolution files and titled appropriately with a note about the medium. Accepted artists will be interviewed for the Monthly.

Please attach your social media (particularly Twitter and Instagram) handles as well so we can tag you upon publication.

Interviews and Reviews 

We welcome interview submissions typically between 1500 – 7500 words. Interviews must be related to literary or visual arts. If you will be submitting short interviews, kindly note this in the submission subject. We, however, give preference to detailed interviews. We do not republish interviews that have first been featured on other platforms. However, we allow you to recall your submission if it has been accepted somewhere else.

In your submission, include the following:

  • Bio of the interviewer, including picture;
  • Bio of the interviewee, including picture;
  • Pictures from the interview and pictures that buttresses the interview, if there are any.
  • Subject and reason for the interview;
  • Please attach your social media handles as well so they can tag you upon publication.
  • Submissions should be shared in a .doc/.docx file.

For reviews, they should be double-spaced and be no more than 1500 words. Reviews of recently published books are given a high preference.

For submission in this category, use the essay Submission link.



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