Black Letter Media Call for Submissions

Black Letter Media Call for Submissions


It is said that ‘Until the lion learns to speak, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter’. Our vision, therefore, is to give voice to the lion by publishing stories that challenge, move, excite, inspire and enthrall readers.

Africans have been telling stories around the fire since the beginning of time. Africa is rich with legends, mythological creatures, folklores that tell of magical, paranormal, supernatural, mystical, otherworldly adventures. These stories have carried culture, traditions and principles

from generation to generation. These stories have taught us our history and served to educate us. And some of these stories were just purely entertaining.

Stories about Anansi the spider, Mamlambo, ghosts, tokoloshi’s, vampires, Nethathe, soul eaters, witches, zombies, jinns and eloko. Reality and fantasy blurred. Heroes took on mythical monsters. Heroines protected entire nations. And these were our stories, told in our own way by our own storytellers.

Do you have a story to tell? A magical, fantastical, mystical story with supernatural, paranormal creatures from the past, or the future, or a parallel time? A story that can be classified as speculative fiction, fantasy, magic realism, supernatural or folkloric?

Black Letter Media wants to read your manuscript.

Black Letter Media is looking for stories that tap into the magic and otherworldliness of Africa, the otherworldliness of our folklore; magical, fantastical and historical or futuristic in nature. These stories must tap into our varied cultures, be inspired by, recreate or be original stories that fit into the speculative fiction genre.

This is an Africa-wide call for unpublished novel length manuscripts.

. Deadline: 15 December 2013

. Word-count: 40,000 to 120,000

. Manuscript must be in the speculative fiction genre (sci-fi, fantasy, magic realism, folkloric).

. Manuscript must be previous unpublished in any language or territory.

. Manuscript must not be submitted at the same time to another publisher.

. This call is for Africa-based, African writers only.

. Submit manuscripts in English

Formatting Guidelines

1. Send manuscripts in a Word doc (or docx).

2. Your name, address and contact information must be on the first page (cover page).

3. Times New Roman or Courier New, 12pt, double space lines.

4. Begin each new chapter on a new page.

5. DO NOT add anything in the header or footer, leave the header and footer blank.

Send all manuscripts to

For questions and queries send an email to

Sebushi Motshwanedi (PR and Communications Officer)

071 999 6840


6 thoughts on “Black Letter Media Call for Submissions” by Admin (@ogaoga)

  1. No mention of what the writer is to expect to gain uh? Shea na charity foundation or them wanna masturbate with the manuscripts?

  2. This iswonderful but what is the reward?

  3. Yes, we need to know the rewards!!!!!

    Some of us have manuscripts we could complete and put in for black letter, but we may not be able to sacrifice a manuscript knowing we might not be able to put it out elsewhere for competitions especially if we don’t know the benefit of doing so!!!!!!!!

    Besides I haven’t even been paid for the “What If” competition and this is the second month, so how will blackletter gain my trust?

  4. I published this on my blog, then submitted it here. I never knew what happened, but thanks for publishing it (even though I feel like it was taken from me – and I’m not saying it was, perhaps I’m the forgetful one).

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