Become a Contributor

Become a Contributor

You are the heart and soul of Africa Speaks 4 Africa. As we seek to tell the African story from the African perspective and foster harmonious discourse within the African community, both on the continent and abroad, we invite Africans (including people of African descent) of all ages and gender to join in a diversified exchange of ideas, experiences, and creative outputs. Add your voice; submit your original works to Africa Speaks 4 Africa.

We accept articles, perspective pieces, photography, art, video and radio production, multimedia works and much more! Submissions in compliance with the guidelines below will be accepted via our email address: africaspeaks4africa [at] gmail dot com.

Instructions for Preparing a Works for Publication                                                      

As you prepare your work for publication in AFRICA SPEAKS 4 AFRICA, please observe the following:

1. Refer to the formatting instructions on AFRICA SPEAKS 4 AFRICA website and make sure that your final version adheres to them.

2. At the end of the text, add your name, e-mail address, and one or two sentences about yourself.

3. If you are unsure whether your work will qualify for publication, please contact us.

Article Submission Requirements                          

Articles for submission must be previously unpublished and in English. Papers should be well-written, and we encourage grace as well as clarity. It is important that papers be copy-edited carefully before submission. Drafts are not acceptable. In submitting work to Africa Speaks 4 Africa, authors agree to the policies of the magazine, including free access and use of the material published in it with proper acknowledgment of authorship and source. If you have any questions about whether your article is appropriate for AFRICA SPEAKS 4 AFRICA, send it directly to us for a preliminary review.

The decision of the editorial team is final. Articles accepted for publication will be copyrighted by Africa Speaks 4 Africa.

By using computer technology throughout, we expect that the review process will move quickly and that authors will be notified in a reasonable time. In sending work to Africa Speaks 4 Africa for possible publication, the submitter attests that the work is original and that he or she is the author, that it has not been published, and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Submission Guidelines                                    
Our submission guidelines have been carefully prepared to facilitate the editorial process of publishing articles online. Strict adherence to formatting guidelines (described below) has three purposes. First, consistent and uniform formatting allows the editors and reviewers to concentrate on the content of articles submitted. Second, it allows for reliable translation of authors’ formatting to the web page. The third consideration is both aesthetic and practical: multiple stylistic formats are unattractive and distracting on a web page and interfere with reading. Therefore, please observe the following formatting instructions carefully. Submissions that do not adhere to these instructions will be returned to the author.

Formatting the Article                                    

Articles should be prepared according to the following guidelines:

(1) Most article lengths are acceptable, but we do not encourage submissions greater than 1200 words in the AFRICA SPEAKS section. Exceptions might be possible. Contact us directly for further consideration.

(2) All citations should be in endnotes and not in the text. Number endnotes sequentially with numbers. Use the endnote function in your word processing program so that the notes appear at the end of the article.

Citations and References                         
All work should be appropriately cited and referenced.

Rights and Permission                                     

It is the responsibility of the author to obtain permission for the use of any copyrighted material, including images, sound, and video files. It is preferable to place images directly in the text but, when permission is unobtainable, it is acceptable to include a link to the image directly in the text.

Acceptable File Types                                    
Please submit texts in MS Word, Rich Text Format (RTF) or Google docs. PDF files are NOT acceptable.

Submitting an Article
Submissions are accepted via email at: africaspeaks4africa [at] gmail dot com.

Statements of fact and opinion in the articles in Africa Speaks 4 Africa are those of the respective authors and contributors and not of the editors or sponsor of Africa Speaks 4 Africa. No representation, express or implied, is made of the accuracy of the material in this magazine and AFRICA SPEAKS 4 AFRICA cannot accept any legal responsibility or liability for any errors or omissions that may be made. The reader should make his or her own evaluation of the accuracy and appropriateness of those materials.