Submissions Call: Prufrock Magazine – Poetry, Fiction and Nonfiction.


Prufrock magazine is calling for submissions. We have no restrictions on content or style. We publish writers from all over the world but pride ourselves on publishing the best writing by African writers. 


Poetry: Writers may submit one to five previously unpublished poems of no more than 120 lines each. We are, unfortunately, unable to reply to the unsuccessful entries due to the high volume of submissions but encourage writers to keep sending work for each call. Send Poetry to Genna @


Non-fiction submissions: We are looking for acutely observed, rigorously researched reportage, memoir and personal essays, and critical essays for our non-fiction editor. Non-fiction submission have no fixed length, but we tend to publish pieces around 5000 words for reportage, and 3000 for memoir and personal essays. Send Non-fiction submissions to Simone @


Fiction submissions: These can be up to 6000 words. We’re happy to publish excerpts from books, though please indicate that it is an excerpt, and when the book was / will be published. Similarly, translations are welcome, as long as the source text and author are credited.  Fiction to Nick @


Please include a brief (40 word max) bio with your submission.


About Prufrock:

Prufrock was started in South Africa in 2013 as a place where young and emerging African writers could publish short stories, poetry and long-form non-fiction. We’re not yet able to pay contributors ( and we aren’t paid either, and any funding or income we receive goes towards printing costs, distribution and our website), but we offer thorough editing and good design, in print and we work hard to make sure Prufrock travels far and wide. It’s currently stocked throughout South Africa, through Exclusive books and independent bookstores, as well as in Paris, at Shakespeare & Co., New York, at McNally Jackson, and London, at Prufrock Coffee.

Our writers have used their pieces to apply successfully for writing scholarships, including The Miles Morland Scholarship. They have won and be shortlisted for writing prizes including the Caine Prize and have gone on to publish poetry and short story collections, nonfiction books, and articles in the Sunday Times, The Guardian, The New Yorker and more, in some cases as a direct result of their work being seen in the magazine. We are happy to provide references or do competition legwork. Most of all, we want to see new stories told by new writers, edited and laid out to make them shine, and to create a magazine that is surprising and satisfying to read.



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