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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Nzuri seeks submissions

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Deadline: August 31, 2019

The objective of Nzuri (meaning Beautiful/ Fine in Swahili) is to promote artistic, creative and scholarly work consistent with the values and ideals of Umoja community. African American and other writers and artists are urged to submit their best written or artistic work for consideration. Nzuri publishes artwork, essays, interviews, fiction, poetry, photography, and digital storytelling.

Submission Guidelines

Nzuri publishes conventional short stories, poems, essays, and nonfictional pieces, as well as stories told through digital technologies.

We seek all types of digital or interactive literature and compositions, such as short film or audio from new and established literary voices. Essays and fictional pieces should be a maximum of 8,000 words.  If you are sending digital content, we prefer that you send links to the media.  For submission files, we accept files in .doc,.docx, .pdf, .ppf, .txt, and for visual art images: .jpeg, tiff, and png.  We do not accept mailed submissions. Our publication cycle is three online issues per year: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

We invite you to include a cover letter with a short bio and summary of the work on the Submittable form. Please omit any identifying information on the work itself, as the submissions are read blind.  You can expect to hear back from us within six weeks. Nzuri is unable to financially compensate contributing writers and artists.  The value in publishing with Nzuri is having your work showcased on the site.

Nzuri reserves the right to remove any content on the site or redesign and update any portion of the site’s presentation.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

the Power of Community
Mind, Body, Spirit
College Student Success
Social Justice
African Traditions and Rituals that Strengthen Community
Experiences about the African and African American Diasporas
Essays and fictional pieces should be a maximum of 8,000 words.