Yaba Left Review

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Yaba Left Review is an online periodical dedicated to the publication of works that combine mastery of craft with fresh perspectives on the human condition. “Yaba Left” refers neither to an ideological leaning nor colloquial mental illness stereotypes. Rather, it is a genuflection in the direction of Yaba, a bustling hub that grew from the periphery of Lagos in the 1900s into the city’s centre today. From its pioneering psychiatric hospital, which puts the left in Yaba, and its iconic bars which once hosted the Highlife music greats of the 60s, to the glazed offices where Nigeria’s techpreneurs code a new vision for the continent, Yaba has a street for everyone. Yaba Left Review (YLR) will be the stomping ground for exploring nostalgia in all its ramifications; however, we will prioritize poetry and nonfiction. We will also privilege erstwhile unpublished writers and publish a suite of new poems with a guest introduction written by an older poet per issue. Established writers are also welcome to submit previously unpublished works.

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Dami Ajayi
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Submissions Policy
Yaba Left Review (YLR) will be the stomping ground for exploring nostalgia in all its ramifications. However, we will prioritize poetry and nonfiction. Entries that do not adhere to the guidance below will unfortunately be exempted from our reading process. We encourage prospective contributors to consider reading works published on YLR to get a sense of our house style and thematic concerns. We would periodically invite submissions and respond to these via Submittable. We prefer submissions in .doc, .docs, and .rtf. Submissions in pdf or any other formats will not be accepted. We accept only one submission at a time per category. While we accept simultaneous submissions, we expect to be notified immediately your work has been accepted elsewhere. Please do not submit another work until you’ve heard from us on the status of your current submission. Should your work be accepted and published in any genre, we will not consider any more work from you within that calendar year. We pay a modest honorarium for accepted work. Poetry You may submit up to 4 poems, each one not longer than 40 lines, and up to a maximum of 6 pages. We consider only previously unpublished poems. Poems that have appeared on online blogs, websites or other journals, even with the slightest modifications, are considered published. Nonfiction Submitted essays must be original and between 2,500 to 5,000 words. We are open to commissioning book, film and theatre reviews. Interested reviewers can send their pitch to [email protected] or [email protected] Fiction We accept previously unpublished short stories of up to 3500 words.
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