EC Osondu to edit the “IDENTITY” issue of Sentinel Literary Quarterly

Call for submissions


EC Osondu, award-winning author of Voice of America will be the Guest Editor of Sentinel Literary Quarterly Vol.5. No.1. October – December 2011 on the theme of IDENTITY. Osondu will also introduce one of his own previously unpublished short stories in this special issue.

Writers from any part of the world are invited to interpret the IDENTITY theme in any style through Poetry, Short Fiction, Drama or Essays. Insightful reviews of books on the subject are welcome.


Poems: Submit up to 6 poems on any subject of 60 lines or less, or a long poem up to 200 lines plus 2 shorter poems.

Fiction: Submit Short Stories, or Excerpts from Novels on any subject or theme up to 5,000 words long.

Essays: may be up to 10,000 words long.

Plays: Short plays or excerpts from longer plays no longer than 15,000 words.

Reviews and Interviews: These may be up to 1,500 long

All materials submitted must be in English Language. We encourage poems written in other languages as long as they are sent together with appropriate translations.

The name of the author as he/she would like to be credited must appear on the materials.

Please send a photograph of yourself in Jpeg format to go on your page. (Some people feel uncomfortable sending their photographs and have sent pictures of their cats or other pets instead. The editor does not like that and often would not read those submissions. If you don’t wish to send a picture, please don’t. It is optional.)

Copyright: Once we accept materials for Sentinel Literary Quarterly, we acquire the copyright until they have been published. 90 days after publication, the copyright reverts to the authors.

Simultaneous Submissions: We discourage simultaneous submissions. Our usual turnaround time of 8 weeks does not apply to this issue. We encourage early submissions, and will notify all writers who submit to this issue no later than 29th October, 2011 on the status of their submissions.

Previously Published Work: Generally we discourage submissions of previously published work. If we feel strongly about a previously published work we may solicit it. If your work has been published elsewhere and you feel it has not been given the exposure it deserves, and you feel strongly about it, by all means submit it, but please mention where and when it was first published.

Payment: Sentinel Literary Quarterly does not currently pay authors any money for work accepted and published. This will change sometime in 2011. Details of our honorarium plan will be announced on this page.

Important: Please submit only materials that are your original work. Please bear in mind that Sentinel Literary Quarterly is a magazine and not a blog or discussion forum. Therefore the form and content of any work published in the magazine is final and any aspect of the work, or its authorship, may not be modified after 7 days of publication. Requests for modification of content, authorship or deletion will not be entertained. Copyright reverts to all authors 90 days after publication.

Delivery Options: This issue of SLQ will be  available online as usual, but individuals or institutions who would like a paperback version for their libraries will be able to obtain it.

Deadline: All submissions to must be received my midnight, 30th September, 2011. Mark your entry “FOR THE ATTENTION OF EC OSONDU”


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