Submission Guidelines for Young People.
We give priority to submissions by persons living in or originally from the Caribbean region, but we are also open to work from around the world. Writers and illustrators from Australia, Africa, the UK, Canada, India and the USA are among previous contributors to the ezine.
There is no reading fee. Please see our FAQs page for information on contributor payment and publication rights. Thank you for your interest in Anansesem!
We are now accepting submissions for our September 2017 issue. This is a themed issue (see below). Submissions that do not follow the guidelines below will not be read.
4. Previously published artwork will be considered provided you let us know where and when it was published. We do not publish previously published poetry and prose.
5. Please do not re-submit previous material unless we expressly ask you to do so.
6. Please do not contact us regarding the status of your submission as we are unable to respond to such inquiries. Please be patient! We respond to each submission we receive that follows the guidelines.
7. If your work has already been published in two consecutive issues of Anansesem, please wait two years from the date of your latest publication in Anansesem to submit new work.
8. Spelling and Translation Policy: Both American and British spelling are fine. Caribbean Creoles are fine (and encouraged!). We only accept English language submissions.
What We're Looking For
Stuff that amuses, inspires and delights. Richness of detail, authentic handling of dialogues and relationships and sensitive treatment of issues. Age-appropriate writing that authentically reflects the values and attitudes of Caribbean people. Writing that considers Caribbean children (and their parents and teachers) as the primary audience, yet is accessible to "cultural outsiders." Caribbean children's literature that builds upon the past while speaking to the present and the future, that critiques and informs, and that avoids stereotypical presentations. Send us some stories about real-life Caribbean children living in actual social and historical circumstances. Words and plots that evoke childhood in the Caribbean. Our main criteria is literary excellence. Send only your best writing.
Illustrations that daringly interpret the Caribbean children's illustration aesthetic, showing awareness of traditional Caribbean artistic expressions, but also innovative integration of styles of children's illustration drawn from other cultures. Ultimately, we are looking for pictures and narratives that Caribbean children will love and see themselves in!