Itanile Magazine is a new afro-centered magazine aimed at advancing African literature in the digital space. One of their goals is to provide storytelling frameworks that connect African writers with their readers using digital reading platforms and to help writers surmount the high cost of traditional print and publishing by using a cost-free digital platform to self-publish.

They are currently accepting submissions from African writers for their issue “Prisms.”

We seek inventive works that speak to the human condition in a complex local and global context from an individual perspective. Prisms invite you to consider the world and all its complexities from where you stand. We want to read about your moments of clarity, confusion, anger, pain, surprise, wonder and joy; about your perception and experiences with people and places, geographically or psychologically; about your longings, struggles, dreams, reflections, regrets, failures and triumphs.

They have also launched an annual award for fiction, creative nonfiction, essay, poetry and chapbook. The award comes with a cash prize of $200. Only work published in the magazine is eligible for the awards. Writers can qualify by sending in their works to Itanile during their reading periods through January and July.

For the inaugural edition, the judging panel includes Sibongile Fisher, Oladeji Jonathan D, Jeff Ugochukwu, Bamidele Aiyejina, Michael Tolulope Emmanuel and May Ebute.

There are two reading periods in the year. The first reading period is Jan-Feb (Submission deadline – Jan 31st) and the second reading period is Jul-Aug (Submission deadline – Jul 31st).

For details on how to submit, go here.