The PalmWine Writer is a community of the next generation of writers, artists and scholars. We are primarily interested in publishing the works of established and upcoming writers, artists and scholars all over the world. We are now accepting entries from African writers exploring different themes in current events, social and political paradigms. We also welcome independent research and the creation of new ideas and ideologies.


We aim to publish works that challenge the frontiers of already existing paradigms and provide clear insight into what it means to be an African living in their particular circumstances. We, however, will not turn down entries based on other themes.


We are keenly interested in upcoming writers and we especially encourage students in tertiary institutions across Africa to submit entries.


We accept entries for articles, essays, social and political commentaries, book reviews, literature (prose, poetry, drama), art (visual art, paintings and photography) as well as summaries of published or unpublished work. Currently, we accept entries that may have been published in other journals, blogs or websites but it is crucial that entrants state it clearly that the work has been previously published.


We also accept entries that are not primarily English and we encourage you to translate your work for our English audiences. Entrants are encouraged to translate their works or contact translators to ensure that translations do not wash out the quality of their work.


The following are specific guidelines for submission:

  1. Entries should be sent as a Microsoft Word Document to
  2. The subject line of the email should state the title of the entry and its genre.
  3. In the body of the email, authors must include a query letter which is a brief description of the content of their submission. If you are unsure what a query letter is, please read the information here.
  4. There is no minimum or maximum word count for entries but we advise authors to not exceed 4,000 words.
  5. Entries must use a standard 12 point font (e.g Times New Roman) with 1.0 line spacing.
  6. The Document should contain, in the following order, the title of the entry, the author’s full name, the main text and a short written bio about the author.
  7. The bio should be written in the third person and it may contain information on your nationality, organisational affiliations and social media handle(s).


While we believe that authors have the licence to express their freedom of speech, we implore all authors to write in a tolerant and respectful manner. If we find that entries are too offensive, we reserve the right to edit or not publish them.