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Rowayat seeks original writing for upcoming online publications. Submission categories are fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, flash fiction, comics, art, reviews, and interviews — in English, French, or Arabic in translation. Contributors do not need to identify as of Arab/SWANA descent, provided their work is in dialogue with the transnational social realities of the Afro/Arab regions and its diaspora communities. Contributors may also decide to expand this reality altogether.

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Please choose to submit from these categories:

One short story or novel excerpt (min. 1500 – max. 10,000 words)


Two pieces of flash fiction (no piece longer than 750 words)


Three poems

(or writers can submit one flash fiction piece and two poems)

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Nonfiction/Writing Central

All forms of essays, memoirs, travel literature, author interviews, and book reviews, as well as Writing Central (writing tips, translation advice, or creative writing lessons).

(min. 1500 – max. 3000 words)

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Comics: 4-8 pages 

Eye Candy: 10-14 pages of illustrations, photography, paintings, prints, sculpture, mixed media, or design.

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Before making your submission, please check:

  • Your spelling, punctuation, spacings, and all other formatting.
  • You have included your name and social media handles, website, or relevant links.
  • You have not exceeded the word count in your category.


We currently do not offer any compensation for submission, but we hope to bring you the fortune of readership. We plan to pay for contributions in the future.

The Rowayat  team will look into your submission and get back to you as soon as possible.

  1. Online submissions must be in a single file in .doc, .docx, or PDF format.
  2. Your submission title must be in the following format: YourSurname_SubmissionTitle 
  3. You must include a cover letter with your submission on the first page with the title of the piece, its category, word count, your name, contact details, website/social media links, and a 50-word bio
  4. Fiction must be double-spaced. Indicate stanza breaks in poetry.
  5. Include page numbers on prose or multi-page poems.
  6. Include your name on every page.
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