In the interest of accountability, all contributors reach a written agreement with the editor of TWR. We are not interested in work that’s already been published by others, and we don’t publish polemics or other contributions presenting extreme opinions.

The editor of TWR reserves the right to reject and even shame work that has been plagiarised from elsewhere, and so contributors are advised to exercise a high level of integrity. They should attribute clearly those passages that have been lifted from somewhere else.

TWR does not welcome work that presents a partisan perspective, is presented by a known partisan, or is judged by the editor to run the risk of raising partisan feelings. At all times TWR will aim to be neutral, seeking only those contributions that achieve literary quality or intellectual depth.


TWR welcomes essays throughout the year, both by post and online. We are looking especially for essays that have depth and meaning, first and foremost personal but also speaking profoundly about some aspect of the wider culture.

The top editor works with contributors to ensure that their work reaches, or comes near, its full potential before it can be considered for publication. Essays that do not appear in print may be published online, at the discretion of the editor and with the writer’s approval.

All submitted material should be double-spaced and proofread to remove the most egregious clerical errors. A submission may not exceed 4,000 words. A submission doesn’t need to be titled and it doesn’t need to be firmly structured from the beginning, although one that ticks those boxes will be happily received.

Copyright reverts to the essayist after the work is published, but we demand acknowledgement when work we have published later appears in another journal or anthology.

TWR pays essayists on a case-by-case basis, and the applicable fee will be agreed upon before the essay is published in print and online. At all times the fee is a modest honorarium. A  contributor is entitled to a free copy of TWR in which their work appears.

Fiction & Poetry

TWR welcomes fiction and poetry submissions throughout the year. Please look out for what we have previously published, to get a good sense of what’s successful. We especially like verse that stretches in unexpected ways, that explores the fluidity of everyday life. If the poem doesn’t give pleasure, at least it should provoke thought or command attention for its style. The same applies for fiction submissions, which must have literary merit. Writers must ensure that their prose is lucid before they submit. Poets and fiction writers work with genre editors who collaboratively shape their work until it is ready for publication.

We will not publish a short story that is longer than 3,000 words. Please submit only one story for consideration at any time.

Copyright reverts to writers when their work is published, although TWR must be acknowledged as the first publisher of work that later appears in another platform.

To submit by post (please include name, phone and return address): P.O. Box 114885, Kampala, Uganda

To submit online:

TWR pays for the poetry and fiction it publishes. The rate is 100,000 Uganda shillings for a single poem of any length and 200,000 Uganda shillings for two to four poems of any length. We don’t usually publish in a single issue more than four pieces by a single poet, although there may be cases where we will be persuaded otherwise. TWR pays 150,000 Uganda shillings for a short story of any length that appears in a printed issue and/or on its website. Each contributor is entitled to a free copy of TWR in which their work appears.