Writers’ Guidelines & Submissions
The best way to get a sense of the kind of material the Bullet Pen is looking for is to read the magazine. For now only published bi-monthly online. We do not consider previously published material. We accept submissions through email. We strongly encourage online submission by email since it makes work easier for our editors. Because we receive a high volume of submissions, it might take us a little time to respond but we definitely will.
NONFICTION AND BOOK-REVIEW ESSAYS:
You may submit query letters and unsolicited nonfiction up to 5,000 words via our website.
The Bullet Pen editors read all submissions before they can be published. Some editing might be required before they are published in the magazine.
We are looking for fiction that resembles Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart: “Our elders say that the sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them….”
Or Chimamanda’s Ngozi Adichie’s words in Purple Hibiscus: “People have crushes on priests all the time, you know. It’s exciting to have to deal with God as a rival.”
Or as Alexander McCall Smith says: “That is the problem with governments these days. They want to do things all the time; they are always very busy thinking of what things they can do next. That is not what people want. People want to be left alone to look after their cattle.”
The Bullet Pen is looking for fiction written from the heart, in which the the inner most person in you is revealed. Sentences that are so sharp they cut the eye.
Please keep submissions under 4,200 words.
The Bullet Pen also runs an annual short story contest dubbed ‘Win a Bull‘ because the price is similar to the worthiness of buying a bull in many African cultures.
We are devoted to selecting from unsolicited manuscripts the majority of the poems published in our magazine, and our poetry editors read every submission. We encourage you to submit your work.
The Bullet Pen also runs an annual poetry contest called the ‘Nile Poet’.