Welcoming Original Research Article
Meaning 'traveller' in Kiswahili, Wasafiri encourages readers to travel the world via written word. Since its launch in 1984, the magazine has become a leading publication for international contemporary writing, publishing dynamic, fresh writing in the form of literary articles, interviews, creative writing, reviews and illustrated essays on the visual arts, in both general and Special Issues.
Wasafiri remains committed to the unbounded vision of extending the established boundaries of literary culture. The magazine has played, and continues to play, a pioneering role in challenging assumptions about marginalised groups and literatures and provides a global outlet to both new and established voices from all cultural backgrounds. In today’s increasingly divided world, the magazine’s original mission to provoke cross-cultural dialogue and provide a space for the publication of distinctive new work from across the globe is increasingly vital. Continuing to introduce readers to the best in international writing, and dedicated to promoting the freshest talents, Wasafiri opens spaces for reading and writing across borders, imagining diverse possibilities for belonging.
Wasafiri is also well-known for publishing ‘the best of tomorrow’s writers today’, including some of the world’s most distinguished writers: Chinua Achebe, Kamila Shamsie, Anita Desai, Sam Selvon, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Meena Alexander, Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Michael Ondaatje, Nayantara Sahgal, Gillian Slovo. We invite you to publish in their company and build a global readership by submitting your work to us.
As we approach the 35th anniversary of Wasafiri and its 100th issue, the editorial team warmly welcomes new submissions. Keen to promote the fresh and the new, we are especially interested in receiving essays and articles from academic scholars worldwide and at all stages in their career.
For general guidelines, please visit Wasafiri's official website and instructions for authors. Wasafiri is indexed in the Arts and Humanities Citation Index and the editorial office is based at Queen Mary University of London.
All submissions must be submitted via Editorial Manager, where all work is peer-reviewed by writers, critics and academics, ensuring Wasafiri’s long reputation for forging new perspectives and publishing the best in contemporary writing today.
- Editor-in-Chief: Professor Susheila Nasta MBE
- Deputy Editor: Rukhsana Yasmin
- Reviews Editor: Dr. Florian Stadtler