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Catch-up with the latest Wasafiri news and look out for exciting events to add to your calendar.

The Future of Literary Magazines: Wasafiri at Educating Susan Conference
Wasafiri is pleased to announce a partnership with the Educating Susan conference, which will be held at City, University of London, and include a panel on the future of small magazines chaired and curated by us. 
Wasafiri 118: Abolitions Launch Event
Wasafiri is delighted to celebrate the publication of Wasafiri 118 Abolitions: Writing Against Abandonment on 4 July, 2024 at Reference Point in London.
Internship Opportunity: CHASE Wasafiri Editorial Placement
An opportunity is available for two CHASE-funded PhD students to join Wasafiri on a year-long editorial placement. The internship will provide invaluable experience within an internationally-recognised academic and literary journal in preparation for a career within academia, publishing, or the arts sector.
Wasafiri at 2024 JAAG Festival
Wasafiri is pleased to announce a collaboration with JAAG for the 2024 edition of the festival, which will include a Wasafiri chaired and curated panel on poetry and translation. 
Celebrate Wasafiri 116: Shorelines – South East Asia and the Littoral in Seattle
Wasafiri is delighted to present this celebration of Wasafiri 116 Shorelines: South East Asia and the Littoral taking place on March 16 2024, at mam's books in Seattle, USA.
Online Workshops with Writer-in-Residence 2023/24 – Reece Williams
Wasafiri is pleased to announce two online poetry workshops tutored by our 2023/24 Writer-in-Residence, Reece Williams, taking place this spring.
Wasafiri x English PEN, London Book Fair Event: The State of the Industry
Featuring three contributors from Wasafiri magazine’s ‘The State of the Industry’ spring 2024 issue, the first issue in its 40th anniversary year, and chaired by Wasafiri Editor and Publishing Director Sana Goyal…
2024 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize Opens for Submissions
For 15 years, the Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize has awarded some of the most exciting new voices in life writing, poetry, and fiction from around the world.
Writer-in-Residence 2023/24 - Reece Williams
We are delighted to reveal our latest Writer-in-Residence, the talented poet and writer Reece Williams.
Announcing Wasafiri's new Editor and Publishing Director
Wasafiri is pleased to announce that Sana Goyal, who has been with the magazine since 2019, has been appointed Editor and Publishing Director.
2023 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize Winners
We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 2023 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize in Poetry, Fiction, and Life Writing.
Announcing the Shortlist for the 2023 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize
We are pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2023 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize, judged by Leila Aboulela (Fiction), Aanchal Malhotra (Life Writing), and Caleb Femi (Poetry), and chaired by Diana Evans . Celebrating new writers…
Windrush: Writing the Scandal
Wasafiri is excited to announce an afternoon of readings and conversation, Windrush: Writing the Scandal , which will take place live in partnership with Black Cultural Archives at their space on Windrush Square, London on 24 June 2023. Windrush:
Autofiction Workshop in Cardiff -- Durre Shahwar
Wasafiri is excited to announce that Writer-in-Residence Durre Shahwar's final workshop, Autofiction: Bearing Witness, will take place live in partnership with Dyddiau Du, Cardiff, Wales on 15 April 2023. Autofiction: Bearing Witness … Writing has often been a means of bearing witness.
Autofiction Online Writing Workshops -- Durre Shahwar
Wasafiri is excited to announce an autofiction workshop series, which comprises two online writing workshops tutored by our 2022/2023 Writer-in-Residence Durre Shahwar , taking place on 24 January 2023 and 21 February 2023, from 7-9pm GMT, on Zoom.
Announcing Durre Shahwar as Wasafiri's new Writer-in-Residence
We're delighted to announce the appointment of our new Writer-in-Residence, writer and academic  Durre Shahwar .
2022 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize Winners 
We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 2022 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize in Fiction, Life Writing, and Poetry.
Meet our New Editors at Large
Wasafiri is excited to announce that we have expanded our global team of editors by recruiting five new Editors at Large based across the Middle East.
Announcing the Shortlist for the 2022 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize
We are pleased to announce the shortlists for the 2022 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize, judged by Preti Taneja (Fiction), Francesca Wade (Life Writing), and Mary Jean Chan (Poetry), and chaired by Marina Salandy-Brown. Celebrating new writers, the international Prize has no limits on age…
Enter the 2022 Wasafiri Essay Prize
Are you an early career researcher specialising in contemporary literature? Good news — just over two months remain to enter the 2022 Wasafiri Essay Prize!
Celebrate Wasafiri 110: Afterlives of Indenture in Toronto on July 5
Wasafiri is delighted to present this celebration of  Wasafiri 110: Afterlives of Indenture, taking place on July 5, at AGO Jackman Hall in Toronto.
A Q&A with Marina Salandy-Brown, Chair of the 2022 Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize
Journalist, critic, and founder of the Bocas Lit Fest, Marina Salandy-Brown has contributed immensely to Caribbean literature and culture, as well as playing a key role in introducing and promoting that literary culture across the world.
Inaugural Wasafiri Essay Prize Awarded to Antony Huen
Wasafiri is excited to announce that the inaugural Wasafiri Essay Prize for Early Career Researchers has been awarded to Antony Huen for his astute, important, and creatively engaged article ‘The “old Hong Kong” and “a Gold-sifting Bird”:
From 'Prayer & Breath': A Short Film
Watch Jinling Wu's evocative short film interpretation of an excerpt of Nadine Aisha Jassat's poem 'Prayer & Breath', first published in Issue 108: House of Wisdom. My first words were a prayer: Lips pressed against the wooden shelf... The full poem is available to read in Issue 108:
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