Submissions are now open to Phoenix, the new speculative imprint launched by Nigerian publisher Ouida Books in collaboration with Nnedi Okorafor and Lọlá Shónẹ́yìn. If you are a writer of African descent with a speculative fiction manuscript ready, then submit it now for a chance to get published!

The imprint is led by Nigerian-American Africanfuturist writer NnediOkorafor and Nigerian poet and author Lọlá Shónẹ́yìn, Phoenix is dedicated to publishing African speculative fiction and fantasy (Africanfuturism and Africanjujuism).

Submission Guidelines:

  • To submit your work, send an email with the subject heading “Submission: [title of your work]” to [email protected].
  • In the body of the email, introduce yourself and the work in question. Consider mentioning why you think you are best placed to write this work.
  • Two files should be submitted:
    • File 1: A one-page synopsis of the work you are submitting in Microsoft Word. Please include all major plot points in your synopsis, including spoilers.
    • File 2: A sample of the work in question. This should be the first 3 chapters, or the first 50 pages, or the first 10,000 words, whichever is longer.
  • Your submission should be traditionally formatted. Send your manuscript sample in double-spaced, indented paragraphs, left-justified only, Times New Roman text on A4 size paper.
  • You can only submit one manuscript at a time.
  • Ouida Books is not accepting unsolicited poetry submissions or plays at this time.

Ouida Books ensures that all submissions are read. However, due to the large volume of manuscripts anticipated, it is unlikely that you will receive a reply within 10 days of submitting the manuscript. You will get a short email to acknowledge receipt.

Submit your manuscript sample now to [email protected]. There is no deadline listed, so take your time but sooner the better.

Good luck to all authors!