Call for Submissions: Special Carnival Issue of “Moko”


[Many thanks to Nicholas Laughlin for bringing this item to our attention.] Moko is pleased to announce a new special issue for Spring 2018 focusing on the art that Carnival inspires, edited by Trinidadian writer and editor Anu Lakhan.

Description (by Anu Lakhan): Carnival throughout the Caribbean and the diaspora has both fans and detractors. The issue of the traditional being swept aside for more recent iterations persist. Still, the festival is not only persisting but proliferating. For this special issue of Moko, we step away from the Carnival arts (and the surrounding scholarship) and look instead at the art Carnival inspires.

Entrants may submit up to five previously unpublished poems, up to 3,000 words for fiction and non-fiction, and 4-5 images for visual art via Submittable. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. Any work focusing on Carnivals of the geographical Caribbean (bordering the Caribbean Sea) as a central theme will be considered. Work in translation is welcome.

The reading period ends on March 31, 2018. Anticipated publication is April/May 2018.

For detailed submission guidelines, please visit

[Photo above: “Untitled” by Kevin Adonis Browne, author of Tropic Tendencies: Rhetoric, Popular Culture and the Anglophone Caribbean and the forthcoming High Mas: Carnival and the Poetics of Caribbean Photography. Courtesy of the artist.]

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