Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chimurenga?
Chimurenga is a pan African platform for writing, art and ideas. Founded by Ntone Edjabe in March 2002, Chimurenga’s offices are situated in Cape Town, South Africa.

What does Chimurenga mean?
Chimurenga is a Shona word from Zimbabwe, loosely translated as “struggle.”

When and how can I buy/ engage with Chimurenga projects?
The journal is published on the page, online and through themed performances called “Chimurenga Sessions.” Other Chimurenga projects include the Chronic – a quarterly gazette; Chimurenga Library – an online archive of pan African, independent periodicals; Pan African Space Station (PASS) – a cyber-spatial exploration of pan-African sounds from ancient techno to future roots; African Cities Reader – a biennial publication of urban life, Africa-style; and Pilgrimages – 14 African writers visit 14 African cities to explore the complexities of our disparate urban landscapes.

Where can I buy copies of Chimurenga publications?
Chimurenga is available from booksellers, universities, and arts/cultural organisations. Check our list of stockists for more info. Or buy print and digital copies, posters and other merchandise from our online store.

How can I subscribe to Chimurenga?
Use our online subscription form to get copies of Chimurenga for yourself or your institution.

How do I submit my essay/ poetry/ fiction/ artwork/ photography to Chimurenga?
First, read a couple back issues of Chimurenga to get a sense of what we’re about and check our website for news about the theme of our next issue. Once you’ve made it this far, submit your text or images via email to Finally, wait. Only the authors of accepted works will be notified.

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