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There’s a new digital pop culture magazine coming to town and it is currently seeking submissions. It’s called The Afro Vibe and is owned by Expound magazine editor Wale Owoade whose beautiful poetry we’ve published. It will be launched in 12 African cities in August 2017.

In an email to Brittle Paper, Owoade stated that The Afro Vibe will be offering “content on travel, arts, books, history, music, film and TV, humour, fashion, food, and health”—“opinion essays, articles, travelogues, interviews, and listicles on Africa, her cities, people, culture and lifestyle.”

Here is another fun part. While it would come “with a global community of writers and contributors,” The Afro Vibe “looks forward to paying contributors and employing commissioned writers for short and long periods.”

Here are the submission guidelines.

  1. Essays and articles should be between 300 and 3,000 words.
  2. Submissions should be sent as an attachment to theafrovibe@gmail.com.
  3. The Afro Vibe is interested in original and unpublished pieces.
  4. Please include a short biography in your submission.
  5. The Afro Vibe replies submissions within two days!

Going by what Owoade and his team have accomplished at Expound, rest assured that this new project will be a trailblazer in its own way.

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NOTE: Brittle Paper has no stake in this project. Further enquiries should be directed to the magazine’s email: theafrovibe@gmail.com.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He is the curator of the ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016), focuses on cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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