Art and Literature for Africa and the World

Submissions Are Closed


Our submission window will be open again in the second half of 2023. Thank you for your interest in Hotazel Review.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If we’ve published your work, please wait one year from the publication date before you submit your writing to us again.

We accept submissions of poetry, short fiction, and creative non-fiction. Work from women and marginalized groups is especially welcome, and we are happy to receive contributions from anywhere in the world. Work must be primarily in English. 

Submission Guidelines

We do not consider multiple submissions, so please send manuscripts in only one genre at a time. Simultaneous submissions to other journals are acceptable as long as they are identified as such, and we are notified immediately upon acceptance elsewhere. All submissions must be previously unpublished.

In the subject line of your submission email, provide: Your Name as You Want It Published, Genre of Submission, Title, or Titles (in the case of poetry).

Examples of Suitable Subject Lines:

Sylvia Plath, Poetry, ‘Ariel’, ‘Daddy’, ‘Poppies in October’

Anton Chekov, Short Story, ‘The Chameleon’

Chulu Ngesi, Creative Nonfiction, ‘My Mothering Needs Feminism Now More Than Ever’

The body of your email should include a 50-word third-person bio. Submit your work as an attachment, as a .doc or .docx file, not in the body of the email.


Manuscript Guidelines

  • Times New Roman, point 12, double-spaced for fiction and single-spaced for poetry.
  • Numbered pages.
  • Fiction and creative nonfiction: Submit only one story or one creative nonfiction piece of fewer than 5000 words. Excerpts of novels are acceptable if self-standing as a complete short story. Flash fiction and flash creative nonfiction are acceptable. Fiction must be in Shunn modern manuscript format (follow the link for an explanation:; use similar formatting for creative nonfiction.
  • Poetry: Submit one to three poems at a time, with each poem beginning on a new page. Poems should be no longer than 30 lines. Prose poetry and experimental poetry are welcome.

Translations are welcome if all the necessary permissions have been granted. Hotazel Review and its members accept no responsibility for copyright infringement by unsolicited contributors.

Unsolicited book reviews and criticism are not considered.

Unsolicited artwork is not considered.

We cannot accommodate revisions after submissions have been made unless the revisions have been requested by our editors.

Expect three to five months for a decision. We accept queries after five months have passed. Queries, as well as withdrawal notifications, should be sent via email. They should include:

  • Your name.
  • The date of submission, genre, and title of the submission.


Hotazel Review requests first serial rights. All rights revert back to the author upon publication, although we will preserve your work online in our archives for the lifespan of the magazine. If the work is later republished, we request you acknowledge its initial publication in Hotazel Review. We also request the right to republish your work in future print anthologies.

No Payment
We are a non-profit organization, so we do not offer payment. We nominate for Best of the Net, however.

Make sure that you have followed our guidelines before emailing your work to us. Not following the guidelines will result in the deletion of your work without further reading.

Submit your work, queries, and withdrawal notices to



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