Author Guidelines

The call for issue 4 submissions opens on
1 March 2021

Please send all submissions to
after you have carefully consulted the
author guidelines below

Before submitting to us, go through at least one issue to get a clear idea of what we are looking for, otherwise the submission may not suit JAY Lit

Our first three issues are available on ISSUU or can be downloaded as a PDF

Issue 1 ISSUUPDF download

Issue 2 ISSUU │ PDF download

Issue 3
ISSUU │ PDF download

JAY Lit publishes literature written in languages spoken in African that are by, about, and/or for born-in-Africa youths. For the purposes of the Journal, ‘African’ is defined according to place of birth or heritage. It is not related to colour or race. The youth age category is 15-35 years.

Therefore, the Journal will publish literature written by Africans from the age of 15 years up to 35. JAY Lit will also publish literature by other individuals who are writing about and for African youths.

Before you submit, please have a look at the most recent JAY Lit issue released in January 2021. Links are available above for all of our issues.

JAY Lit is interested in the types of literature listed below. Note the lengths for publication and requirements. Please send only one of each kind of submission per submission period, i.e. poetry or a short story, not both.

Short poems up to 20 lines each, 1 to 5 short poems
Long poem 21-50 lines, 1 long poem
Short story/flash fiction up to 5 000 words, 1 piece
Long story/novella 5 000-10 000 words, 1 piece
Short play up to 5 000 words, 1 short play
Long play 5 000-10 000 words, 1 long play
Comic book/graphic art up to 20 pages, 1 piece
Visual stories up to 10 000 words w/ images, 1 piece
Artworks of all kinds, up to 20 images
Translations of literature into/from African languages

Please do not send us a submission longer than 10 000 words or about 35 pages.

JAY Lit will publish all forms of poetry, including oral, rhyming and non-rhyming poems, haiku, sonnets, etc., and even song lyrics. We will also consider themed collections. JAY Lit will take genre fiction, creative non-fiction, historical fiction, memoirs, flash and micro fiction, “I” stories, etc.

We encourage submissions in any and all African languages, and in languages widely spoken in Africa, such as English, French and Portuguese. To help in making a decision on non-English texts, please include a short summary in English of what your submission is about when you send it.

The Journal is a platform for youth authors and readers in particular. All published work must generally meet at least one of the following requirements:

Written by a youth aged 15 to 35 years;
Written for youths aged 15 to 35 years; and/or
Written about youths aged 15 to 35 years.

Formatting and sending your document

– Use 11 or 12 point Times New Roman or another standard black font
– 1.5 line spacing with justified alignment
– British or American English are accepted, but be consistent
– Add page numbers at the bottom of the page
– Send documents in MS Word format
– Comics and images can be in any common file format, e.g. PDF, PNG
– Please send good-quality image files

With your submission, you can send a photo of yourself and a third-person bio up to 80 words.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted, but you must let us know immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere. Simultaneous submissions occur when the author sends a piece to more than one potential publisher.

What will help your submission get published?

– Your original writing not copied from elsewhere/plagiarised
– Never published before online or in print
– Correct spelling and grammar (to the best of your ability)
– Simple, easy to work with formatting
– No discrimination, rants, hate speech, sermons, advice columns, or porn
– No excessive, gratuitous/pointless violence or swearing
– Fits the requirements of being by, about, and/or for African youths
– Requires no or minimal editing
– Right file format (see previous section)

If your work has been published elsewhere before, it cannot be published in JAY Lit

Please send all submissions to

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