Ake Review, the official magazine of the Ake Festival which is one of Africa’s biggest literary festivals has made a call for submission for its 2019 edition and the deadline is in six days time (8th July 2019)! Oh, sorry, that is actually five days time! Ahhhhh!

I should mention that I had my poem submitted in the last edition and was pleasantly surprised when Bright Nwachukwu – a brother I made at the Benue Book and Arts Festival #BBAAF I curated – showed me the print copy of Ake Review 2018 that had not just my poem but a French translation beside it! Wawu!

The theme for this year’s festival and 7th Ake edition is: Black Bodies, Grey Matter. So, what does that mean? Ake needs creative works that interrogate the link between the mental and the physical, and explore specific phenomena such as scarification, body image, tattoos, stereotyping, gender nonconformity, colourism, and issues around mental health within an African context. Easy, right?

If you are interested you need to make ONE original and unpublished entry in the categories;

  • Poetry – Up to three Poems
  • Fiction – A short story, max 1,600 words
  • Artwork – One or two high-resolution jpeg.


Of course, in addition, you will need to cap this with a bio of no longer than 70 words.

Send your submissions as an email attachment to with the subject title AR SUBMISSIONS. Don’t forget to include your bio and remember that the work has to be original and unpublished… Deadline is Monday 8th July 2019 and this submission is open to writers any where in the world.

All successful submissions will fetch the writer two contributor’s copies! Yaaaaay! Okay, so what are you waiting for? 5 days is a breath away, hurry and submit already!



Ake Submission

Ake Festival runs from 24th  to 27th October 2019. Follow on Twitter: #AkeFest19  @akefestival 


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