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Please note:

We do not accept previously published material (published online or in print).

We accept simultaneous submissions but please notify us if your piece is accepted elsewhere.

We ask for first serial rights. All other rights revert back to the author after publication.

Please mention that your piece was first published in Clapback for future reprints.

By submitting the piece, you are verifying that Clapback has the right to publish this submission and to use the piece to promote the magazine on social media.

ISSUE 2:






How do stories live on? What does it mean to be you in the context of those who came before? We embody the decisions of our predecessors and history is all around us. We want to explore how we create or further legacies to claim memory, time and archives.


Some possible themes include, but are not limited to:

Herstory, untold stories, (in)visibility, African modernity/ development, ancestors, post-colonial art and roots.Send us your creations: artwork, photography, poetry and articles or pitch us a 200-300 word abstract and from there, we can help you form your ideas to build it into a larger piece.


A few things that come to mind when thinking of ‘legacies’:-Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes

-Ousmane Sembene, Malick Sidibe and other African visual artists as a form of alternative history documentation

- The legacy of colonialism on identity and place.

-Family trees, who can make one/who can’t and why? Are some histories lost forever? How is our memory gendered/raced/policed?

-Spirituality, what does this mean to you?

-Mothers, taking it back to the beginning. How do we create history? Explore your relationship with the women in your family. What do you know or not know about them and why?

- The various African economies and business,


-Autobiographies and the power of controlling our stories- how does this relate to media,activism, history etc




GUIDELINES FOR SUBMISSIONS:




‘I am African not because I was born in Africa, but because Africa was born in me’­ -Kwame 

Nkrumah

Whether you’ve lived in Senegal for your whole life, or you call Oslo home, this is your space. Whether

your parents moved here from India or you speak your colonizer’s tongue better than your

mother’s, this is your space. Whether your skin is the shade of honey or ivory, or as rich as the

soil that gives life, this is your space. If Africa was born in you, this is our space. Hello.

   
All African identities are welcome, however we are prioritizing women­ identifying persons. To clarify, anyone who identifies as African can submit but this is women centered  and founded movement&space to level out the playing field and visibility.

● Mini Bio: name, social media, pronouns, nationality/identity, motivations behind what you’ve

submitted and anything else you want to tell us about yourself.
● Credit where due, citations if necessary
● No hate speech, libel or extremely offensive language.



Submit to the gmail account: clapbacksubmit@gmail.com. Please submit as a googledoc with commenting access or as a word document- preferably the former so the editing process is smooth. Label the subject as SUBMISSIONS.


Furthermore, while ideally content should in some way relate to

Africa or the diaspora, relevance is a broad scope of things. If it matters to you and you

think it’s something other African youths should know then it’s important. For written

submissions keep in mind that if your piece is chosen, it will be reviewed and edited where necessary alongside authors. That being said, please do submit the best version of your  work but don’t freak out if you need help fleshing out a concept or figuring out the

direction of a photo series - we can work with potential! At the end of the day, quality

trumps all.


What we are looking for:

ALMOST ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING. Have something to say? Write it! Make things,

write things, sing things, shoot (with a camera) things, start things, whatever it is you can

submit it or contact us to feature/promote you! Heck if it’s interesting and worth sharing,

you could even send us an essay from a class! This is our space to be seen and put out what

we care about and are doing. 



Examples of content:

-Playlists

-Music/album/movie reviews or suggestions (400-800 words for reviews)

Note for music we have a soundcloud, so your piece can accompany links and after review,

you could curate your playlist on our soundcloud. Maybe you don’t want to write a full

length review but you just saw a lowkey movie that you want to share- cool, send the name

to us and we could feature it. Even c00ler, what if you’ve made a movie and want us to

check it out? Sure, send it to us and we could feature and write a review on it!
 -Lifestyle pieces e.g (10 Brands started by teenagers you should check out)

-Opinion pieces (700-1,200 words)

-Features

-Interviews

-Fiction: Poetry/Short Stories/Scripts etc

-Comic strips

-Photography sets and series

BY SUBMITTING YOUR PIECE, YOU ARE REPRESENTING THAT YOU CONTROL THE COPYRIGHT FOR THE PIECE AND ARE GRANTING CLAPBACK THE RIGHT TO EDIT AND PUBLISH YOUR PIECE. WE ALSO RESERVE THE RIGHT TO DECLINE TO PUBLISH YOUR PIECE. YOU ARE WARRANTING THAT PUBLICATION OF YOUR PIECE WILL NOT VIOLATE THE RIGHTS OF PRIVACY OF ANY PERSON OR ENTITY, OR LIBEL OR SLANDER ANY PERSON OR ENTITY.

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR ISSUE #2 NOW...


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