Sankofa: Call for Submissions

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Call for Submissions

Sankofa: A Journal of African Children’s and Young Adult Literature is accepting scholarly article submissions for its Spring 2024 (Vol. 14) publication. Sankofa welcomes articles that relate to one of the following areas:

(1)    “The African Scene,” which provides critical, scholarly articles about African children’s book authors and illustrators, trends and development in book production for children in Africa, or an examination of a specific genre or theme within African children’s, adolescent, or young adult literature (4,000-8,000 words).

(2)    “The Literatures of the Diaspora,” which explores books published about Africa or the diaspora outside the continent. The articles in this section analyze the themes, geographical regions, and historical figures that interest publishers and readers about Africa; and they might explore such issues as the effective use of African folktales in the diaspora and an accurate and balanced representation of African cultures in books for young people (4,000-8,000 words).

For author guidelines, please see our website at, in particular the “For Authors” page. Submissions and a cover letter may be sent to

About Sankofa. Sankofa is a peer-reviewed academic journal whose primary objective is to disseminate information on African children’s and young adult literature. Sankofa’s mission is to recognize common inaccuracies, stereotypes, and biases in books set in Africa; to provide readers with book reviews and scholarly articles on emerging trends in African and African diaspora children’s literatures; and to stimulate global conversation on the comparative patterns in children’s literature.

We look forward to reading your scholarship!