Wasafiri: A Magazine of International Contemporary Writing

Subtitled “perspectives on African, Caribbean, Asian and black British Literature’ and ‘Magazine of International Contemporary Writing”, Wasafiri was created as a “response to the growing need for a journal that would provide coverage on the diverse range of minority literatures in Britain and the Commonwealth”.

Noted Caribbean writers, V.S. Naipaul, Samuel Selvon, Kamau Brathwaite and Earl Lovelace are among the contributors.

Please read their very detailed guidelines before submitting.


*Both electronic AND paper copies on A4 paper of your work are required.

*Use UK spelling. (eg. colour rather than color).


July 2008 Note

It’s gratifying to know that Seawoman’s Caribbean Writing Opps. is not only reaching the attention of the writers, but the publishers as well.

Sophia Blackwell Marketer of Wasifiri, expressed her appreciation of mentioning the publication here by offering a reciprocal link and shared the following with me:

Caine Prize For Afican Writing 2008 Winner

This year’s Caine Prize, [described as Africa’s leading literary award] has been won by Henrietta Rose-Innes from South Africa, with her story ‘Poison’ from ‘Africa Pens,’ published by Spearhead, an imprint of New Africa Books, Cape Town, 2007.

The winner of the £10,000 prize was announced at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library, Oxford on Monday, 7 July 2008.

The short story by Uzor Maxim Uzoatu, ‘Cemetery of Life’ which was first published in issue 52, autumn 2007 of Wasafiri was on the shortlist for the Caine Prize.

The Caine Prize is awarded to a short story published in English by an African writer whose work has reflected African sensibilities. With over 90 entries coming in from 17 African countries, the writers on the shortlist were:

Mohammed Naseehu Ali (Ghana)
‘Mallam Sile’, from ‘The Prophet of Zongo’, published by Amistad, an imprint of Harper Collins, NY, 2005
Stanley Onjezani Kenani (Malawi) ‘For Honour’ from ‘African Pens’, published by Spearhead, an imprint of New Africa Books, Cape Town, 2007
Gill Schierhout ( South Africa ) ‘The Day of the Surgical Colloquium’ from ‘African Pens’, published by Spearhead, an imprint of New Africa Books, Cape Town , 2007
Uzor Maxim Uzoatu ( Nigeria ) ‘ Cemetery of Life ’ from ‘Wasafiri’ No. 52 Autumn 2007

This year’s panel of judges was chaired by the Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Jude Kelly OBE, who is responsible for creating a unified artistic vision for the whole 21 acre site. An experienced director of over 100 productions, she was awarded an OBE for services to the theatre in 1997 and is Chair of Culture, Ceremonies and Education at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.

Joining her on the panel were Jamaican poet and professor of English, Mark McMorris, Hisham Matar, the Libyan author of the internationally successful first novel, In the Country of Men, Eritrean-born Hannah Pool, a Guardian journalist, and the previous 2007 judge, South African poet, novelist and lecturer Jonty Driver.

For further information please visit the Caine Prize website:

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