Africa Risen: A New Decade of Speculative Exploration will take readers on a fantastical Pan-African journey through time and space, evoking wondrous worlds and wormholes, virtual realities and extraordinary new visions. From stories inspired by indigenous African lore to the richness found in immigrant and Diasporan narratives, we will gather new tales of earth and alien entities, scientists, spiritual guides, priests, and deities. Featuring original works by the genre’s most exciting voices, Africa Risen is a celebration of African storytelling and speculative literature, a tradition both ancient and new.
We seek stories that excite readers and spark the imagination. Bold, powerful, and visceral writing that makes us think and feel. Ideal contributors will craft tales that reveal all the rich cultural diversity found not just on the African continent, but in every corner of our world, for Africa’s reach is wide and expansive.
These stories will examine the innumerable paths taken across time and geographies that have led to this exciting moment. This creative work celebrates originality and the imagined speculative futures that lie before us in this new decade, gathered in one book to reveal that Africa is not rising—it’s already here.
Africa Risen will be published by Tor.com Publishing.
We welcome all speculative fiction subgenres and recognize its ever-evolving, moving borders, including but not limited to:
- Science Fiction
- Black Speculative Fiction
- Sword and Soul
- Horror Noire
- Black Horror
Contributors will be paid the SFWA pro rate of 8¢ per word for stories up to 5,000 words.
Please use the standard Shunn manuscript format.
Please email your submissions to AfricaRisenAnthology@gmail.com.
We would love to receive submissions from you by May 14, 2021.
Zelda Knight is the Owner-Operator of AURELIA LEO and AURELIA BOOK CAFÉ, and co-editor of Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora (AURELIA LEO, 2020).
Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki is a co-editor of Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora. He is a BSFA and Nebula Award finalist. He won the Nommo Award for Best Short Story by an African in 2019 and a HWA Diversity Grant in 2020.
Sheree Renée Thomas is a two-time World Fantasy Award winner (first Black writer honored with the award since its inception in 1975), editor of the Dark Matter anthologies, editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (first Black editor in its seven decade-history), book reviewer for Asimov’s, author of Nine Bar Blues: Stories from an Ancient Future (Third Man Books, 2020), and contributor to Marvel’s Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda (Titan, 2021).
Editorial Note: Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki will be the first speculative fiction writer or editor resident in Africa to publish a book with Tor or with any of the Big Five publishers or their imprints.