Photo by Eric Atie in Lolwe.

Lolwe is a new online magazine that publishes fiction, literary criticism, personal essays, photography, and poetry. It was founded in January 2020 by the Kenyan writer Troy Onyango. It takes its name from Nam Lolwe, the traditional Luo name for Lake Victoria, which means endless lake/water body.” The magazine zeroes in on “endless”—having or seeming to have no end or limit.

Lolwe is currently open for submissions for its debut issue. It is looking for work that is bold, different, and blurs or pushes boundaries: play with form and language, ignore genre classifications, send in your fears and joys, your doubts and faiths, your curiosities and silences. The issue will be guest edited by Brittle Paper Award for Poetry winners JK Anowe and Itiola Jones, who are Nigerian, and Short Story Day Africa Prize finalist Moso Sematlane, who is Mosotho (from Lesotho).

Submission Guidelines

Submissions open: February 1 to February 29, 2020.

What to submit: Fiction, essays, poetry, and photography. (Lolwe can only republish translations where the text is available in both English and another language.)

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Send to: [email protected].

Limit: 1,000-10,000 words for fiction and essays. 3-5 poems. 5-10 images/artwork.

Format: Word document, Times New Roman, pt 12, double-spaced.

Response time: 2-3 months after submission deadline. Queries to [email protected].

Payment: Lolwe will offer a modest remuneration to the pieces that are accepted for publication.

Send a brief bio with submission.

Inquiries should be addressed to [email protected].

You can support Lolwe’s pledge to pay writers by sending a donation via PayPal to [email protected]

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