Dgëku is a premier literary magazine founded to celebrate and amplify writings and art by queer Africans. We publish poetry, fiction, photography/art, a wide range of nonfiction writings, including personal essays, cultural/literary criticism, dispatches from the diaspora, long-form interviews/conversations, and more. Our magazine spins at the intersection of creativity and community.
The new publication pays $150 for prose pieces of 3,000 words or more, $30 for an individual poem, and $100 maximum for a suite of poems.
By Dgëku Magazine
“An ambitious new magazine committed to African literature.”
—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, on Instagram
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—Bernardine Evaristo, on Twitter
Open Country Mag publishes essential, in-depth stories in African literature, contextualizing the continent in the global conversation. Our stories—including book reviews and groundbreaking longform Profiles—are a foundational collection of ideas and attitudes undergirding the industry. Our work requires quality dedication, which we have, and funding, which we lack. Will you support our cultural journalism?