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is Britain’s premier magazine for international contemporary writing. Published quarterly, it has established a distinctive reputation for promoting work by new and established voices across the globe.
Wasafiri was launched in 1984 at the University of Kent, the brainchild of Susheila Nasta. It derived initially from the activities of ATCAL (Association for the Teaching of Caribbean, African, Asian and Associated Literatures), an association formed in 1978 to bring about a much needed change to curricula in universities and schools and get writers like Derek Walcott, Jean Rhys and VS Naipaul onto school and university syllabuses. At that time, an inaugural aim ofWasafiri was to provide serious literary and critical coverage of writers who often struggled, because of their cultural or ethnic backgrounds, to get adequate notice in the mainstream press; in other words, the work of such writers was frequently deemed to only be of ‘minority interest’ and not part of the mainstream. Wasafiri sought from the outset to contest this assumption and to demonstrate the interconnections between different cultural traditions.

Wasafiri welcomes original, quality contributions from poets, fiction writers, academics and critics from all cultural backgrounds. We are particularly interested in informed and lively essays on the work of established and emerging writers or interviews with them. Submitted work is peer-reviewed by writers, critics and academics, ensuring Wasafiri’s long reputation for forging new perspectives and publishing the best in contemporary writing today.

Maximum Word Length: Articles/Essays/Fiction/Interviews 5000 – 6000 words. We would recommend that you consult our style sheet before submitting your work. A covering letter with your full contact details should be sent with all submissions. Please DO NOT include your name on your manuscript. All submissions should be addressed directly to:

Susheila Nasta
The Open University in London
1-11 Hawley Crescent
London NW1 8NP

Or emailed to wasafiri@open.ac.uk and marked for the attention of the Editor.”


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