The Rwandan chapter of Writers Space Africa (WSA-R) has launched a literary magazine titled “Umukarago.” The first issue is out and presents a stunning collection of works by Rwandan and Rwanda-based writers and poets.

The online magazine includes poetry, fiction, and book reviews, with the objective of becoming a space for haring and celebrating the rich diversity and creativity of Rwandan writers and poets, and those who call Rwanda their home.

In its inaugural issue, Umukarago has granted contributors complete creative freedom, resulting in an array of literary pieces that cover a spectrum of experiences, each offering a distinct perspective on the human condition.

The issue is edited by Sandra Nadege, serving as the Chief Editor, along with Cosma Mugisha, Lise Nova Berwadushime, and Justine Umuhire. The cover image is by Bruce S. Tuyishime.

The collection features talented writers and poets such as Ange Dusingize, Patrick Shyaka, Jainaba Danso, Divine Ukwishatse, Olga Colombe Nyampinga, Aimee Merci Dominique Iragena, Muctar Inkindi, Pacifique Niyitanga, Grace Uwizeye, Gilbert Becko Niyitanga, Esdras Rwakana, and Cynthia Shimwa.

Read the debut issue of Umukarago here.

Submissions are now open for Issue 2. The editorial team is looking for the following genres:

  • Poetry (1 – 3 poems per submission window — each not exceeding 30 lines) written for the page, not performance;
  • Fiction (1000 – 3000 words) of any genre;
  • Creative non-fiction (700 – 3000 words) such as essays, memoirs, or narrative nonfiction;
  • Book Review (400 – 1500 words) of books written by any writer or poet who falls in any category specified in the “Who can submit?” section on this page;

Go here to read more about the submission guidelines.

Deadline: August 15, 2023

Submit here.