Submissions open on March 1st, 2017

You will need to submit a covering letter that contains a brief bio (especially that which is relevant to you as a writer) and a brief synopsis or description of your manuscript. The covering letter should explain why you think your work is a good fit with Modjaji. 

You will also need to submit the whole manuscript.

We accept the following kinds of manuscripts:

  • Novels
  • Collections of poetry by a single author
  • Collections of short stories by a single author
  • Creative Non-fiction which can include memoir, letters, biography, and other kinds of non-fiction. 
You can write to info@modjajibooks.co.za if you want to check whether or not we might be interested in the kind of manuscript you have written.

We do NOT accept Single poems, single short stories or individual chapters. It is in your best interests to have your manuscript as polished as possible. Do not send in a first draft.

Please note that Modjaji Books only publishes work by women and people who identify as women, and only those who live in southern Africa, or who are originally from southern Africa, or whose work reflects a major relevance to southern Africa.

Please note that we generally do not accept work that has been previously published or self-published.

You should be familiar with our catalogue and have read a couple of Modjaji titles relevant to the category that you are submitting in.


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With your submission please include:
A cover letter that describes the work you are submitting, a brief biography that relates to your writing background and any publication details. You should also explain why you think your manuscript is a good fit for Modjaji Books. 

Submit a brief synopsis - no more than two pages.

The work itself - your short story manuscript should be in one document.

It is a good idea to have published some of the stories in literary magazines. These need to be acknowledged. Ensure that you have read short stories by authors we have published so you get a feel for the kinds of collections we do publish.

Given the high volume of submissions we receive - expect a response time of up to 4 months after the submissions period closes. Phone calls and emails will not speed up the process and are strongly discouraged.


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Creative non-fiction includes memoir, travel writing, literary journalism, and lyrical essays. We are interested in any and all of these.


With your submission please include:
A cover letter that describes the work you are submitting, a brief biography that relates to your writing background and any publication details. You should also explain why you think your manuscript is a good fit for Modjaji Books. 

Submit a brief synopsis - no more than two pages.

The work itself - your manuscript should be in one document. 

Do not submit an early draft. Ensure that you have read creative non-fiction by authors we have published so you get a feel for the kinds of manuscripts we do publish.

Given the high volume of submissions we receive - expect a response time of up to 4 months after the submissions period closes. Phone calls and emails will not speed up the process and are strongly discouraged.

Ends in 1 hour, 34 minutes $15.00
$15.00
With your submission please include:

A cover letter that describes the work you are submitting, a brief biography that relates to your writing background and any publication details. You should also explain why you think your manuscript is a good fit for Modjaji Books. 

Submit a brief synopsis - no more than two pages.

The work itself - your short story manuscript should be in one document. 

It is a good idea to have published some of the poems in literary magazines. These need to be acknowledged. Ensure that you have read poems or collections by authors we have published so you get a feel for the kinds of collections we do publish.

Given the high volume of submissions we receive - expect a response time of up to 4 months after the submissions period closes. Phone calls and emails will not speed up the process and are strongly discouraged.
Ends in 1 hour, 34 minutes $15.00
$15.00

With your submission please include:

A cover letter that describes the work you are submitting, a brief biography that relates to your writing background and any publication details. You should also explain why you think your manuscript is a good fit for Modjaji Books. 

Submit a brief synopsis - no more than two pages.

The work itself - your manuscript should be in one document. 

Do not submit an early draft. Ensure that you have read novels by authors we have published so you get a feel for the kinds of manuscripts we do publish.

Given the high volume of submissions we receive - expect a response time of up to 4 months after the submissions period closes. Phone calls and emails will not speed up the process and are strongly discouraged.