Call for submissions

Rafinki is an upcoming literary organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Rafinki  provides a platform for both performing poets and writers.
The organization continuously seeks content from both experienced and emerging writers from Africa and its Diaspora for online publication on it’s site. We are looking for amazing content that will leave us moved, shaken or simply entertained.
Simultaneous submissions are welcomed. We receive submissions on a rolling basis, meaning we have no deadline nor theme.  Typically we get back to you within 3-5 days after your content submission, informing you we have received your work and will then get back to you with our final verdict within 2 weeks. Suppose we do agree to publish your content, all rights will remain with the author upon online publication.
We  publish content written in Swahili and English only.

Not sure where to start? Check out our previously published work to get a feel of what we are looking for .Submissions that don’t follow our guidelines will be automatically discarded.

We are accepting work in the following categories:

  • Short stories-2000 words maximum
    • Essays, Reviews (short stories, book, album etc) -1000 words maximum
    • Poetry -100 lines maximum
    • Children’s literature- 700 words maximum

NOTE: multiple submissions to the same category and multiple categories are allowed. (E.g. you can submit a variety of poems, essays, articles etc for publication)

Send your work as a WORD DOCUMENT, clearly indicating the title of your work and to which category you are submitting to. We ONLY accept original unpublished work.

Upon approval of your submission, you will be expected to provide  the following;

– A short bio about yourself (not more than 100 words ) which should include your nationality.

-Links to your social media handles, website or blog.

One of our objectives as a literary space is to pay contributors for their work, unfortunately at this time we cannot fulfill this goal but aim at fulfilling it in the near future. As of now we can only provide a place to the African artist/writer to express and showcase their art.

We can’t wait to read your work! Surprise us, we often don’t know what we like till we read it!