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Iskanchi Press is a new US-based independent publishing house founded by Nigerian writer and former Kachifo editor Kenechi Uzor.

The word “Iskanchi” is “the Hausa word for mischief, irreverence, and craziness” and conveys the press’s mission to create visibility for African writers that go against convention.

There are three ways to get involved:

1. Submit a Book Manuscript: Iskanchi Press is accepting submissions of fiction, essays, poetry, folklore and folktales, children’s books, books on African heroes and history by writers of African heritage.

2. Submit to Iskanchi Magazine: the press’s in-house magazine is accepting submissions of “experimental pieces by African writers.” The magazine is committed to “showcasing works that engage with and examine what the experimental form looks like in the African literary context…pieces that disobey in form and content.” Submissions can be in any format and should include a cover letter. Writers who are accepted for publication will be paid for their work.

3. Work for Iskanchi Press: They are looking for volunteers and interns. Interested applicants should send their CV to

For more details on how to submit your work or for more detailed information about the press, visit their website here.

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