Submissions open on March 1st, 2019

and will close on 30th April 2019.


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. 

You will also need to submit your whole manuscript. 

We accept the following kinds of manuscripts this year: 

  • Novels
  • Collections of short stories by a single author
  • Creative Non-fiction which can include memoir, letters, biography, and other kinds of non-fiction. 

This year we are not accepting Poetry submissions, we are still working on bringing out collections from the last time we called for submissions.


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 individual 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

- only those who live in southern Africa, or who are originally from southern Africa

- or those 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 list and have read at least a couple of Modjaji titles relevant to the category that you are submitting in.


We charge a small submission fee to help us pay for the software and to defray costs of processing submissions.


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. 


Submit a brief synopsis - no more than one page.

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.



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.

Submit a brief synopsis - no more than one page.
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 on April 30, 2019$15.00
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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.

Submit a brief synopsis - no more than one page.
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.

Modjaji Books