Type Of Organization
Mission Statement / Editorial Focus
African Voices, a non-profit arts organization, is devoted to presenting art, literature and film by artists of color.
Social Media Platforms Used
Is Your Group Affiliated With A University, Portal Or Other Agency?
Primary Editor/Contact Person
Carolyn A. Butts
essays, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, reviews, art, translation
Recent Awards Received
Best Literary Magazine Award 2019 - AA Literary Awards, Louis Reyes Rivera Excellence Award for Educator Artists 2015
Willie Perdomo, Nalo Hopkinson, Ngugi wa Thiong'o
Please submit no more than three poems at a time. Fiction stories between 300 to 2,500 words are considered for publication.
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions
Submission Guidelines URL
Simultaneous Submissions Accepted
1 - 4 months
Periodic fiction and poetry contests are announced.
Number Of Paid Staff
Number Of Unpaid Staff
Average Print Run
$12 / Institution $25
$African Voices Communications, Inc.
Single Copy Price
Number Of Issues Per Year
Back Issues Available
Unsolicited Manuscripts Accepted
If Yes, What Percent Of All Unsolicited MSS Are Published
8.5 - 11
Average Number Of Pages
Publish Print Anthology?
Carolyn A. Butts
How Did You Arrive At Your Current Position?
Founded the organization with a small group of writers and artists in 1992.
What Is The Staff Structure At Your Magazine/press?
African Voices has five editors who run the magazine and a Board of Directors who oversee our business operations. The organization has an extended family of volunteers responsible for managing our arts initiatives and community outreach.
Do You Have Any Cover Letter Advice?
Please send a brief cover letter with your submissions introducing your experience and career goals as a writer. Let us know why you believe African Voices magazine is a right fit for you as an author.
How Are Submissions Processed In Your Magazine/press?
Each editor reviews and selects work for publication based on the quality of your writing. We rarely impose or force themes — we want writers to submit their best work.
What Do You Look For In A Submission?
Did the writer tell a story in a compelling or fresh point of view? How will this poem or short story resonate with our readers? We look at the lasting impression presented on the page and how it impacts our readers once they finish each issue.
What Advice Do You Have For First-time Submitters?
Submit your strongest work. Please do not submit pieces longer than what we accept in our guidelines. Do not send us unpublished book manuscripts. We appreciate experimental writing — work that challenges the narrative tradition is welcomed.
Do You Have A Favorite Unsolicited Submission Discovery Or Anecdote?
"The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power." — Toni Morrison. Challenge our readers with your art.
Who Is Your Ideal Reader?