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We have decided not to open for submissions this year. 2020 and 2021 have been tough for publishing in South Africa and internationally. We also have a backlog of books that will keep us busy till the end of 2022. If you have been previously published by Modjaji Books – please send a query letter.

See below for what we normally accept:

  • Novels
  • Collections of short stories by a single author
  • Creative Non-fiction can include memoir, letters, biography and other kinds of non-fiction.
  • Poetry – but we only call for submissions when we have space in our publishing schedule, we expect the next poetry call to be towards the end of 2022.

Please note we only publish southern African women writers.

These are other South African publishers who publish similar books to us that are worth considering submitting to:

Fiction: Jacana Media, Panmacmillan, Geko, Blackbird Books, NB Publishers, in particular, their Kwela imprint, Karavan Press.

For creative non-fiction: Bookstorm, Jonathan Ball, PanMacmillan, Jacana Media, NB Publishers, Geko, Blackbird Books, Karavan Press.

For poetry: imphepho press, deep south, Dryad Press, Black Media Press, Uhlanga Press, poetree publications, Karavan Press.

Please let us know if we should add other publishers here. These are the ones that we were able to list without doing extensive research. Email info@modjajibooks.co.za with your suggestions.