Current Issue

#22, Open

In this issue we feature writing and images beyond genre, outside any one theme, and made in the spirit of generosity.

Featured

Photographs from Lagos

When looking in Lagos, I was full up from beauty. I saw new blues: the color of early morning light on UV-protected windows, on white plastic chairs, on gleaming tile. I experience coastal cities as frenetic. One gets the sense everyone might decide it’s better to walk into the water someday but not today.

Past Issues

#21, Transitions

In our first print issue, “Transitions,” the stories, essays, poems, and photographs consider movement, journeys, departures, and exchange.

#19-20, Power and Money

An issue exploring the entwined themes of power and money.

Special Issue: Etisalat Prize

A special issue on the Etisalat Prize for Literature 2015.

#18, Crime

On crime.

Special Issue: Literary Festivals

A special issue on African literary festivals.

#17, Survival

The value of survival.

Special Issue: Displacement

Stories, drawings, and photographs illuminating displacement.

#22, Open

In this issue we feature writing and images beyond genre, outside any one theme, and made in the spirit of generosity.

Losing My Father

For the first story in our new issue, we present to you “Losing my Father,” a chapter in Ola Osaze’s memoir of being a transgender man.

Pretty Bird

He walked close to her to watch the wonder of a girl’s laugh. It was out of place in their world, this manner of laughter.

Magnata

He saw himself reflected in their pale skin, their African features, searching eyes.

Call Me an Infidel

You had no interest whatsoever in her work. Your interest never moved beyond the dedication page you knew your name was always sitting, elegantly.

Morningside Park

In this touch, my hand is a voice, it lifts itself
like wind and touches the woman’s face.

Submit to Our 2018 Issues

Submit your work to our 2018 issues: “Open…,” “Fake Truths,” and “Viral.” Open from December 1–31, 2017.

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Saraba is a literary magazine focused on the work of new writers in Nigeria and other parts of the African continent. Since 2009, we have published several issues of a magazine, editions of poetry chapbooks, and online-only work.
Our ongoing Manuscript Project supports the publication of long-form fiction and nonfiction by ten new Nigerian writers.
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