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The fourth issue of JAY Lit is available now on Issuu publication hosting and as a PDF for download free of charge

About Jay Lit

JAY Lit publishes literature written by, about, and/or for born-in-Africa youths. Our definition of ‘African’ is not related to colour, race or ethnicity, but rather place of origin and heritage. The youth age category is from 15 to 35 years. We publish literature written by Africans in this age category and by other individuals who are writing with African youths in mind.

We publish creative writing, poetry, prose (stories and narratives), plays, visual stories such as photo essays, and comic and graphic artwork with a storyline in ANY language used in Africa such as Swahili, Amharic, Yoruba, Zulu, Chichewa, English, French, etc.

We also include artworks by African artists in the Journal to showcase their talent. This can be photography, paintings, sketchwork, graphic art, mixed media, fashion, ceramics, etc.

All submissions must be the original writing of the individual submitting them, and they cannot have been published elsewhere before.

Please bear in mind that this is a literary and creative arts periodical and not a competition. It is a means to publish creative literature and art which is mostly, but not only, by youths. Submissions must generally relate to the theme of ‘African youth’ and appeal to this group. If you wish to submit your work, please read the author guidelines carefully.

We are interested in a variety of creative expressions, provided they do not promote division, constitute hate speech, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, other forms of discrimination, or fundamentalism. However, we welcome submissions which deal with these issues in a constructive and honest way.

The Journal is a non-profit project by volunteers for the love of African youth expressions and creative energy. We use the hashtag #AfricanStoriesMatter and our motto is Preserving African Youth Identities, which we do through publishing artistic expressions by youths.

One of our primary aims is to promote Pan-Africanism among a new generation of African peoples who want to make a decisive break from the often painful histories of Africa. We mourn the past, learning from the mistakes, but, most importantly, we move on and join together to create a better future for the children of Africa everywhere.

JAY Lit is open access under the Creative Commons License: Attribution – Non Commercial – No Derivs (CC BY-NC-ND). If you are interested in the work of any of our authors, please contact us at Alternatively, if the author has shared their contact details in the Journal, you may contact them directly.