About Namibia's first literary magazine.

doek | (dʊk) | (noun): a cloth or a headscarf.

‘Doek | (dʊk) | (noun): Windhoek, the capital city of Namibia.

Doek! | (dʊk) | (noun): A literary magazine from Namibia.

Doek! Literary Magazine (Doek!) is a free, independent, and Pan-African online literary magazine produced in Windhoek, Namibia. It publishes short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art from Namibia, Africa, and the African diaspora.

Founded by Mutaleni Nadimi and Rémy Ngamije, Doek! is an important step—but not the only step—towards creating a diverse, curious, and robust literary culture in Namibia. By publishing diverse writers and visual artists, Doek! seeks to provide an encounter between local and international storytellers and a global audience.

As a literary journal, Doek! seeks to emulate cousin publications such as AFREADA, Bakwa Magazine, Brittle Paper, Chimurenga, Jalada, The Johannesburg Review of Books, Kalahari Review, and Lolwe by contributing to Africa’s literary footprint.

Though the magazine’s vision is grand, its first steps in the literary world are local. Doek! primarily publishes work from Namibia and the Namibian diaspora while it establishes Namibian writing and art in the country’s literary consciousness. However, as part of the continental literary community Doek! solicits work from storytellers outside Namibia to showcase the breadth and depth of continental creativity. In time, Doek! hopes to be a completely Pan African publications accepting submissions and publishing work from the continent and the African diaspora.

Doek! is published online three times a year: in March, July, and November. The magazine is published in English with some select content appearing in French, Portuguese, and some of Namibia’s indigenous languages.

Doek! does not make any money from its website or from its contributors’ content. The editorial team uses its own resources to maintain the magazine’s various platforms.


African Literature And Digital Culture • By Bhakti Shringarpure in the Los Angeles Review of Books, 2021

“The credit must go to the dynamic, creative, and forward-looking thinkers on the continent itself — the young and hip creators of popular platforms such as Saraba magazine or Kwani? back in the day; journals such as Jalada, Doek!, and Lolwe; presses such as Cassava Republic and Huza; and events such as Ake Arts and Book Festival, Hargeysa International Book Fair, Afrolit Sans Frontieres, and the Gaborone Book Festival.”


Doek!: Brittle Paper’s Literary Platform of the Year 2020Brittle Paper, 2020

“Given its primary focus on publishing content produced by Namibian writers and artists, especially black writers and artists, Doek! claims space for Namibian literature within African literary culture. Its founding is a sign that African literature is not just thriving but also advancing in interesting directions.”


Namibian Writing Front and Center: Rémy Ngamije on Doek! Literary Magazine By Susanah Greenblatt in Words Without Borders, 2020

“There are reasons to feel encouraged: we might not, for example, put out five novels or poetry collections a year, but Doek! can help to usher seven good short stories and poems into the literary universe. It is a start—and sometimes that is all one needs.”


The Doek! editorial team can be reached in the following ways:

Email @doeklitmag @doeklitmag Doek! Literary Magazine


ISSN: 2026-8831 | Doek! Literary Magazine is published by Doek Arts CC, a close corporation registered in Windhoek, Namibia. | © Doek Arts CC. All rights reserved. Copyright to the works published on this website is held by the respective contributors as well as Doek! Literary Magazine. Material appearing on this website can only be reproduced after written consent has been obtained; violations of this condition will be subjected to legal proceedings. If you would like to reprint any material on this website, please write to the editor.

Cover Image: Old Havana.
© Scott Flemming.