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WRITER’S GUIDELINES

Thank you for your interest in writing for AfricanVibes.com. We publish articles from freelance writers and contributors on a broad range of subjects of special interest to our readership.

READERSHIP:

African Vibes readership consists of Africans, people of African heritage, as well as people who are interested in Africa primarily between the ages of 18-45, with an advanced education.

ABOUT THE MAGAZINE:

African Vibes is a fast-growing general-interest digital and print magazine which defines, reflects and celebrates Africa and Africans. We paint a hopeful and positive pictur eof a continent that suffers greatly from so much negativity and strife. There is so much good coming out of Africa and Africans and we want to bring that to the forefront. We continue to find ways of connecting, educating, inspiring, motivating, empowering and entertaining our readers with editorial covering social issues, culture, beauty, fashion, relationships, lifestyle, health, fitness, cultural differences and more. We focus on bringing information that will enrich the life and lifestyle of our readers.

CATEGORIES

We are primarily interested in practical, service-oriented pieces that will help our readers improve their lives, profiles, essays, surveys and dramatic narratives of interest to our target readership of someone who has experienced a medical triumph, survived a disaster or achieved something special or significant in their lives. A dramatic narrative should have a happy ending or at least a clear resolution and should be related to Africans or Africa.

  • Culture: Experience pieces and reports on the African culture.
  • Health & Fitness: Service articles, first-person essays, health news, fitness tips, and trend reports.
  • Business: Business articles with a focus on Africa, doing business in Africa or Africans doing business abroad
  • Reaching Out: People or companies reaching out to help others in the continent
  • Raising the bar: Africans or their companies that have set a higher standard in whatever industry they are in.
  • Travel: Highlighting a specific African destination
  • Relationships: Sex and relationship articles
  • Reflection: First-person essay of your perspective on a social issue or experience.
  • JJC Diaries: Culture shock stories
  • Fashion, Hair & Beauty: Trends, tips, and news pieces
  • Money Matters: Personal finance and wealth management articles.
  • Arts and Entertainment: Celebrity profiles as well as reviews of the arts, music, books, TV, film and the web
  • Cuisine: Share African recipes and/or food experiences

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

A good African Vibes Magazine article offers background and context to ongoing African issues, a challenge to the mainstream media perspective or an important story that hasn’t been told elsewhere. Our readership is nationwide, so local issues are only covered when they have national interest or implications. International stories must have a strong Africa or African related angle.

What we’re looking for:

  • Hard-hitting, investigative reports
  • Thoughtful, provocative articles that challenge conventional wisdom concerning issues of importance.
  • Timely, people-oriented stories on current issues such as the environment, education, labor, policy changes, immigration, the media, healthcare and cultural trends.
  • Provocative satire exposing blinkered thinking
  • In-depth, service-driven pieces offering practical information not generally available in the mainstream media
  • Literary journalism, in which strong narrative, unique voice, and compelling subject matter are paramount.

Steps to Submit

Article lengths range from 400 to 1,500 words. Make submissions through our Contact Us form or email editor@africanvibes.com. Be sure to include a daytime telephone and an e-mail address. Only e-mail submissions will be accepted. We regret we cannot accept unsolicited manuscripts or offer individual comments on submissions. The magazine is not responsible for unsolicited material. Any publication of an essay or article is at the sole discretion of African Vibes. Note: African Vibes Magazine gives priority to articles that have not yet been published and are written exclusively for the African Vibes Magazine. We will consider articles that have been or will be published elsewhere, on a case by case basis. Please let the managing editor know if an article you are submitting for consideration has already been published elsewhere or will be published in other publications. To submit your ideas, do the following:

  1. Write a query first, (not the entire manuscript) that introduces your story idea and defines your angle. In other words, tell us what you want to write about and explain your point of view and argument.
  2. Explain why your idea is timely, unique, important, and/or of interest to African Vibes readers. The most important thing when developing your idea is to figure out why people reading the article should care about what you’re writing about. Take a step back and ask: “What’s interesting about this? What am I adding to the conversation that’s not already out there? Why should people care? How will people be impacted by your article? Will they be entertained? inspired? motivated?
  3. Estimate a deadline for your piece.
  4. Include your phone number and email address.
  5. If this is your first time pitching us, then attach clips and/or writing samples to demonstrate your experience.
  6. We credit Contributors with a byline or mini bio. Please include a mini-bio with your submission.

Graphics

Please provide a minimum of 2-5 digital graphics (at least 700 pixels wide) for feature articles along with the manuscript (do not embed them in a Word processing document; attach the graphics file to an email). If you are unable to produce or acquire digital graphics, please contact the managing editor and we will try to assist you.

Graphics should:

  • Illustrate the focus and content of the article
  • Show activity or movement and include people
  • Depict a project area (clear, colorful, dynamic scenes)
  • All graphics should have descriptive captions of 15-25 words in complete sentences that explain the relationship to the article.

WHEN AN ARTICLE IS ACCEPTED

Once your proposal has been accepted and your article has been written, please keep in mind that there will likely be more work to do. Additional research and editing are normal parts of the editorial process, and every African Vibes article will undergo several complete edits. For substantial alterations, stories will be returned to writers for revisions or rewrites. If time is short, changes will occur after telephone or face-to-face consultation. However, last-minute cuts without notification may be necessary. We prefer to receive articles via email in a major word processing format.

COPYRIGHT

African Vibes Magazine retains copyright to the version of original material which appears in our publication or on our website. Editorial material appearing in African Vibes Magazine or on Africanvibes.com may not be copied and republished elsewhere in the same form without approval.