During our open submissions period, the APBF is pleased to consider unsolicited manuscripts from African poets (previously published or not), and our editorial staff reviews each submission.

Please familiarize yourself with our organization and our publishing list to ensure your eligibility and determine if your manuscript is a good fit for our series.

Submissions that do not  initially meet the guidelines below will not be considered. Please note  that we cannot consider manuscripts that have been previously  self-published.

Of the hundreds of manuscripts we receive each  year, we publish only a handful. Our  selection process is rigorous and focused on finding the best writing by African poets.


We are currently open to submissions. 

We do our best to respond to submissions  during the reading periods. We have a small staff and a  steady flow of  manuscript submissions, and our review may take around 3-4 months. Please be  patient while we give your manuscript our full consideration. We cannot  respond to letters, phone calls, or emails requesting manuscript status.

We only accept electronic submissions, and our submissions system only accepts manuscripts during  the open submission periods. Any manuscripts mailed to us will be recycled unread.

Submissions Guidelines

Unsolicited manuscripts are considered for publication through the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal.


The African Poetry Book Fund considers manuscript submissions from published and unpublished African writers. An “African  writer” is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a  national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are  African.

Only poetry submissions in English can be considered, though work translated from another language to English is considered for English-only publication.


Poetry manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long. Please review our previous poetry titles to get a sense for what we’re  looking for in a poetry collection. Please submit a query letter along with the complete collection.

While  we have no specific formatting rules, we suggest sending your  manuscript in Times New Roman or Arial, 12 point font, single-spaced. We  also prefer one poem per page, meaning a new poem does not  begin on the same page on which another ends.

Please submit only one manuscript at a time and wait to hear our response before sending another.