Wasafiri is a hybrid academic journal and literary magazine. We are currently closed to fiction, life writing, and poetry until September, but open for articles, essays, interviews, and reviews year-round. We are also welcoming submissions of fiction, life writing, and poetry to the 2021 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize until 31 May 2021.

We welcome quality articles, essays, and journalistic prose on a wide spectrum of literary and cultural subjects. Submitted work is anonymously peer reviewed by writers, critics, and academics, ensuring Wasafiri’s long reputation for forging new perspectives and publishing the best in contemporary writing today.

Wasafiri is a peer reviewed journal and listed in the Clarivat Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

While we receive a high volume of submissions, we will always deliver a decision on your submitted work within six months. In most cases, a decision will be made sooner than this.

The best way to understand what we publish is by consulting back issues of the magazine. Above all, we seek innovative writing, in English or English translation, across genres, from around the world.

Please refer to our general guidelines, and style sheets, available to download here:

Word Length

Academic articles  5000 – 8000 words
Essays/Fiction/Interviews 4000 – 6000 words
Book reviews of one title 800 – 1000 words
Book reviews of two titles 1000 – 1200 words
Review Essays 2500-3000 words
Poems Maximum of 5 poems


All submissions must be submitted via our online submissions portal.

The submissions portal is managed by our academic publisher, Routledge, who ask for details of your institution. Please write ‘None’ if this is not applicable to you.

You will be asked to submit two copies of your work, one with your contact details included in the copy, and one without your details in the copy.

Work should be submitted as a Word document or equivalent (no .pdf files).



If you are interested in reviewing for Wasafiri, please contact the Reviews Editor wasafiri@wasafiri.org and include a recent sample of your writing (preferably a book review), as well as a short CV, your affiliation (if applicable) and contact details. There will always be a list of titles we are keen to review, though we welcome suggestions of other titles.

If you are a publisher, please post review copies to the address below, or email details to wasafiri@qmul.ac.uk,  unfortunately we cannot guarantee that we will be able to review every title we receive.

Please post review copies to:

The Reviews Editor
Wasafiri c/o School of English and Drama
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
E1 4NS