Jungle Jim is a bi-monthly illustrated print publication, aiming on spreading narrative, imagination and concept-driven African stories. Taking from the pulp tradition, we publish short and serialized fiction that entertains and engrosses in all dramatic genres (horror, sci-fi, crime, detective, western, romance, adventure etc.), accessible to all, but with a high quality of writing. We seek to publish stories that explore the collision between visceral daring of pulp and the reality of living in Africa.
Who do we publish?
Jungle Jim publishes work by African nationals. We do accept work from African nationals living abroad and will consider stories by writers of African descent/parentage. However, we only very, very occasionally publish work by non-African nationals, and then only if the story in question demonstrates very strong and authentic African themes/content. These decisions are made at the discretion of the Jungle Jim editorial team.
Very Short Fiction: 800 – 2000 words
Short Fiction: 2500 – 3500 words
Serialized Fiction: 13000 words (2000-2500 per installment)
True Life: 1500 – 2000 words
Narrative-driven genre or genre clash fiction that is imaginative, provocative and dramatic, drawing on African environments, characters, concepts, culture and myth, whether set in real worlds or those imagined. Provocative anguage, violence, sex or ideas are welcomed IF they advance the story.
We try and reserve one slot per issue for true-life accounts of unusual first-person experiences (e.g. alien abduction, ghost sightings, near death experiences). These should be transcribed directly and edited from an interview source, capturing the speech and storytelling of the story-teller.
We welcome and encourage submissions in all languages, as long as they are accompanied by an English translation. Where possible we will publish BOTH original language and translation.
Jungle Jim accepts both published and and un-published works, no matter how old. We request a non-exclusive license, and authors retain full-copyright. We are currently unable to pay for contributions, but hope to change this soon.
Electronic submissions only. These should be in MS Word format (.doc, not .docx), 12 pt font.
Jenna Bass, Editor by email