Thank you for your interest in getting published by Masobe Books. We love African stories that deal with any one or more of the plethora of themes that engulf us; stories that resonate, written simply; stories from this side of the world with a universal appeal; something new, something exciting, stories that make your heart race and your hands shake; books that you want to press into the hands of all your friends immediately and stand over them until they’ve finished so you can discuss it together. If you think you have what it takes to be a Masobe Author, send us a mail during our submissions window.

We accept manuscripts from February 1st – March 1st, each year.

Guidelines for Submissions

To submit your work, please click here and fill the submission form. Please note that only ONE submission per writer is allowed. Multiple submissions may lead to disqualification.

  • You will be required to attach a one-page synopsis of the work you are submitting in Microsoft Word. Please include all major plot points in your synopsis, including spoilers, and especially the end.
  • You will be required to attach a sample of the work in question. This should be the first 3 chapters or first 3 stories of your manuscript in Microsoft Word.

Send your manuscript sample in double-spaced, indented paragraph, justified only. We prefer Courier New font type with a font size of 12pt.

Submit Manuscript

Your submission will be acknowledged and assessed by our editors. We will respond within eight weeks IF AND ONLY IF we are provisionally interested in publishing your work, after which we would ask for more of your material. If after reading the rest of the work and we find it to our taste and cut, we would then present you with an offer.

Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we may not be able to respond to you immediately. 

Masobe Books is not accepting unsolicited poetry submissions or plays at this time. Unsolicited submissions sent to other Masobe email addresses may be overlooked. Hard copy submissions will not be acknowledged or returned.

You can also bless the world with your work through self-publishing. To publish under our self-publishing imprint, please send a mail to The mail should state your intent. Include the first three chapters of your work and your bio. We will respond promptly.

Please see the FAQs or email for further information on how to publish with us.