Nothing prepared the world to traverse the depth of a pandemic and its enormous shock value— disrupting the comforts of everyday routine, the security of the familiar that has left us questioning the fortitude of long built and reliable structures, and revealing to us the sacrifice that this delicate, fleeting act of living demands. In this season of quiet and hunkering down, there is no denying the disorder of a nation, the wrestling of the mind, and the uncertainty and unknown that invades and interrupts our lives as we know it. We are interested in writing centered on reconfiguration, middle ground, on the subtle practice of putting together the disarray and making meaning of what is and is to come. Writing that dives into the chaos of things and emerges with a pattern of survival, a particular recognition of steadiness and hope in a place that may very well be the only world we know. We are pleased to announce the theme for the next issue as balance.
In the entropy of ongoing global climate change, racial bigotry and a pandemic, where do we achieve balance? Will we achieve balance?
Writers are encouraged to interpret this in as many diverse ways as possible, take risks and submit their best work!
Submissions that do not adhere to the theme and guidelines will be declined.
We accept submissions of original fiction, non-fiction essays and poetry only, which should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject “Genre (thus Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry) – Balance Anthology”. Please wait for a response before sending another submission.
Fiction & Nonfiction essays
We consider short stories and essays from 1500 to 3000 words, though most of the work selected for publication is much shorter. Send one short story or essay only.
We consider poetry of any style. Please limit poetry submissions to no more than three(3) poems. Please also keep in mind that line lengths are limited by the size of our anthology.
Submissions open on 20th July and was to end on 14th September. However, submissions deadline has been extended to 31st October. Submissions before or after the submission period will not be considered.
Format for all submissions
Submissions are open to Ghanaian writers only.
• All submissions must be typed, double-spaced for fiction and nonfiction; poetry may be single-spaced, 12points in Times New Roman.
• All submissions should be sent as a Microsoft Word doc. attachment, but PDF is accepted if the submission is to retain a special visual format.
• Please include a simple cover letter in the body of the email, including your name and the part of Ghana from where you are sending us your submission. See https://www.aerogrammestudio.com/2014/08/14/how-to-submit-your-writing-to-literary-magazines/ on cover letters.
• Your name and identifying information should not appear in the attached file.
• Work submitted must be previously unpublished in print and online.
• We do not accept multiple submissions across separate genres. Please submit to only one genre per submission window.
• All work submitted shall be edited, writers are to expect and be ready to edit their work with our editors.
• Simultaneous submissions are accepted; writers must notify us immediately the work is accepted elsewhere.
• Because we are not currently able to pay contributors, we do not charge a submission fee.
• Send only complete, fully proofread work. We will not consider revisions once the work is submitted.
• Our average response time is four weeks. Please do not query before then.
Thank you in advance for giving us the chance to consider your work for our Balance Anthology. Any questions regarding submissions may be directed to email@example.com.