Kreative Diadem Annual Issue

Come, let’s make magic with words and decorate letters in apparels of wits.


This is the theme of our 2020 issue.

With the whole world currently on lockdown, in response to the plague that has turned our structures upside down, the single word on everyone’s lips is this: ISOLATION. We want works that are situated within the context of the word. The way you interpret the word in your work is entirely up to you. We want you to think beyond boundaries; we want you to get creative.



We want to drown in the deep waters of wits and swim in the silent sea of sounds. Poetry is a key that opens the vault of hidden meanings and gives life to abstract ideas. We are looking for daring poems that equally provoke our thoughts and inspire us to take action.



We want to relish the gentle breeze of drama and enjoy the cruise to the climax of your story. Remarkable short stories break all the rules and shatter the boundaries of normalcy. We can’t wait to enjoy the aroma of the story you are brewing in your magic pot.


We have created a big room for everything else other than fiction and poetry. You can treat us with a gift from your delectable collection of book reviews, memoirs, essays, and creative nonfiction. We have a soft spot for creative pieces, that’s all we care about.

“The task of a writer consists in being able to make something out of an idea.”

– Thomas Mann

Eligibility Requirements


No age restrictions; it’s open to everyone. Creativity has no age limits!


We are receiving entries from everyone regardless of your geographical location.

General Submission Guidelines

  • All entries should revolve around the theme of “Isolation.” You are free to interpret it as you wish, but we should not have trouble connecting your subject matter to the prescribed theme.
  • Writers of all nationalities are welcome to submit.
  • Format your work as follows: Times New Roman, font 12.
  • The submission window opens on April 15, 2020.
  • We do not accept work which has been previously published, in print or online (we consider self-publishing to blogs, message boards, or Facebook as publication if it can be viewed publicly).
  • Simultaneous submissions are not eligible.
  • Only works written in the English language are eligible. Works from other languages will only be accepted if accompanied by English translations, with the permission of the original author.
  • There is no submission fee charged.
  • Submit as a Word document to Make the subject line, “Isolation: Genre of Submission”, for instance: “Isolation: Fiction”.
  • In the body of the email, provide the following information: Author’s Name, Title of Work, Nationality, Contact (Phone Number and Email Address)  and a Bio of 200 words or less.
  • All entries are to be submitted to
  • Guidelines for specific genres are shown below.


  • Submit no more than three (3) poems.
  • Each poem must be titled.
  • The poems must be in a single Word document saved with the name of the entrant.
  • Any style or length is eligible. Just impress the editors!


  • For Flash Fiction: Submit one story under 150 words. 
  • Each story must be titled.
  • Submit an unpublished short story between 1,500 and 5,000 words.
  • All work must be in English except for the occasional creative liberties taken during dialogue.
  • Don’t be afraid to play with the boundaries of the genre. Give us your weird, innovative works.



  • Submit only one non-fiction piece between 1,000 and 5,000 words.
  • Each story must be titled.
  • Book reviews, creative nonfiction, memoirs, essays and other forms of nonfiction are welcome.
  • Since the publication is intended for a general audience, technical works such as scholarly writings and academic proposals are not eligible.
  • Don’t be afraid to play with the boundaries of the genre. Give us your weird, innovative works.

2020 Edition

This is our third issue ever, we believe that the blessings of your exceptional pieces will make it a classic.


APRIL 15, 2020

Call for Entries Begin

JUNE 15, 2020

Deadline for Submission (23:59 GMT)


Publication & Release of Issue

Countdown to Release of 2020 Issue








Guest Editors

Rasaq Malik


Ope Adedeji


Tolu Daniel




Rasaq Malik is a graduate of the University of Ibadan. He is the author of “No Home in This Land”,  selected for Chapbook Box edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Stand, Salt Hill, Prairie Schooner, Crab Orchard Review,  Rattle, Poet Lore, Michigan Quarterly Review, One, and elsewhere. He won Honorable Mention in 2015 Best of the Net for his poem titled Elegy, published in One. In 2017, Rattle and Poet Lore nominated his poems for the Pushcart Prize. He was shortlisted for Brunel International African Poetry Prize in 2017. He was a finalist for Sillerman First Book for African Poets in 2018.


Ope Adedeji is a lawyer, writer and editor managing things at Zikoko mag. Her work has appeared in Catapult, McSweeney’s Quarterly and Barren Magazine. She is a finalist for the 2020 US National Magazine Award and the winner of the 2019 Brittle Paper Award for fiction.


Tolu Daniel is a writer and editor.



Do you accept simultaneous submissions?

No, we don’t encourage simultaneous submissions for the annual issue. But we are open to simultaneous submissions for our regular publications. 

Do you accept book reviews?

Yes, we are accepting book reviews for this issue.

How should I format my manuscript?

Please submit no more than three poems or 5,000 words of prose. For flash fiction, submit a story under 150 words and an unpublished short story should be between 1,500 and 5,000 words. 
Use size 12 of Times New Roman for your work. Manuscripts must be paginated and the author’s name should be in the footer of every page. 

Do you accept previously published works?

No. We do not accept works previously published in print or online. We consider self-publishing to blogs, message boards, or Facebook as publication if it can be viewed publicly. 

Can I submit more than one entry?

Yes, you can submit entries under different categories. You can submit poems and short stories simultaneously but as separate entries. 

Do you accept paper submissions?

No. We only accept entries by email. Send all entries for the issue to


Do I have to pay any submission fee?

No. There is no submission fee charged. 

Can I inquire about the status of my submission?

No. We are unable to process individual status inquiries. Selected works will be published in the forthcoming issue. 



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