About Nkgwana

Nkgwana is a magazine for African Poetry. 'Nkgwana' is our little pot, in Setswana, which holds the poems that are our lifeline.

We are based in Cape Town, South Africa, but we are looking to publish poetry from all over the continent. Our editors hail from Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa.

Nkgwana Magazine is a project of the University of Cape Town Poetry Society.

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J.G. Morake

Gala is an Honours Philosophy student from Botswana. Her poems can be found in AZE Journal. She can be found collecting hobbies and playing boardgames.

Bhasani Mlambo

Bhasani Mlambo considers herself to be an African Feminist, she is deeply fond of the art of storytelling and the idea of freedom. She believes that writing encourages the ends of a freedom that is yet to come; a freedom that is sweet. She centers the themes of gender and blackness in her work and her preferred mode of storytelling is poetry. Poetry to her is spirit work, she attaches the idea of spirituality to her poems. Besides being a student, she is a fellow of the seventh cohort of the SprinNG Writing Fellowship, a mentorship program for developing Nigerian, Ghanaian and South African writers. Bhasani also enjoys jazz music and spending time with those she loves.

Phumelele Manitswana

Phumelele is a BA in English Literature and Psychology student. She enjoys reading poetry because every poem is a story and She thinks the art of making your individual story to be a work of art is absolutely genius. She seeks to find feeling in every piece of literature she comes across.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions are currently Closed

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  • Please submit up to 5 poems.
  • Please format your with 1.5 line spacing.
  • Submit a Word Document, or PDF to preserve your formatting.

  • Please include a short bio of up to 60 words. This bio may appear with your poem if your work is published in the magazine. Feel free to include a link to your website, or social media.

  • Response Time: within two months of submission.

  • We accept simultaneous submissions. Please notify us by email, if your work has been accepted elsewhere, at nkgwana.lit@gmail.com

  • Nkgwana has no submission fees.
  • Please be aware that submitting to Nkgwana grants us the full rights to publish your submission on our website and in print, and gives us permission to use your work in any of our marketing materials. Your work remains your intellectual property.
  • We aim to promote our featured poets.

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