We accept (for review) unsolicited manuscript submissions targeting various audiences in the East African region including material for children as well as adult readers. Please check out our published list to familiarize yourself with the kind of manuscripts we prefer.
SUBMISSION: We only accept typed manuscripts which should be in Times New Roman font size 12 double spaced Ms Word or PDF document. The work must be original and not plagiarized from secondary sources. A brief of the author background should be included in the mail.
Young adult fiction and non-fiction that modern teens want to read.
- Protagonist /lead character must be between 13 – 17 years.
- Length must not be less than 10,000 words and not more than 50,000 words
- Particularly interested in these fiction genres – detective, Sci-Fi and fantasy series, and rite-of-passage stories inspired by real life.
- Particularly interested in creative non-fiction that covers careers, teen psychology, life skills and popular science. Must be entertaining, clear and easy to understand.
Fiction and non-fiction for children 10-13 years that modern children want to read.
- Protagonist /lead character must be between 10- 14 years.
- Length must not be less than 6,000 words and not more than 30,000 words.
- Particularly interested in fiction genres – adventure (e.g. Moses series), mystery, detective, Sci-Fi, modern re-telling of African myths and animal tales e.t.c.
- Particularly interested in creative non-fiction that covers biographies of heroic Africans, wildlife, life skills, critical thinking and popular science. Must be fun, clear and age-appropriate.
We are more likely to publish:
- Stories set anywhere in Africa. Priority is given to stories set in East Africa.
- Stories in which the protagonist faces clear, escalating obstacles that make it difficult for them to achieve their goal.
- Stories driven by live action and dialogue rather than flashbacks and narrative descriptions.
- Stories in which the protagonist suffers emotionally as well as externally, while dealing with the obstacles and tribulations they face.
- Stories that follow a logical progression i.e. action, reaction, action e.t.c., like a chain link that gets more complicated/dramatic until the lessons/experiences/insights protagonist has accumulated from dealing with problems help them initiate the resolution.
- Stories in which coincidence can only happen at the beginning of the story, and key characters involved in the resolution are introduced before the halfway mark. That is, no mysterious angels or police or ‘lucky’ happenings should suddenly appear to resolve the ending.
- Stories in which the protagonist grows internally as a result of the tribulations they go through.
- Stories that do not preach. The moral lessons must be deeply embedded in the story. If the writer feels the need to explain the moral, the story does not work. Instead, the story should work like an exciting parable, in which it is the reader who figures out the moral of the story.
Our publishing process is based on the standard international model and works like this.
- We fall in love with your manuscript (MSS) – if not, we give you a brief reader’s review and reject the MSS.
- If yes, we invite you to sign an author’s contract with us that entitles you to 10% net royalties
- At our cost, we assign an editor to work with you to edit the MSS – structural, copy-editing and proof-reading.
- At our cost, we design the book to finished artwork.
- At our cost, we get the book printed.
- At our cost, we distribute and sell the book to bookshops nationwide, and via local online distributors of physical books like Jumia, Masoko e.t.c.
- At our cost, we digitize the book for e-sale via online distributors, local and international and our e-content royalties to authors are 50% net.
- We work with you to market/promote your book.
- We generate sales reports for authors and pay royalties once per year – every April.
So if you’d like Storymoja to consider your MSS for publication, please send it to our link and follow-up if you do not receive an acknowledgement of receipt. The author must retain a copy of the manuscript as the publisher does not bear responsibility for loss or damage.