adda is the online literary magazine of the Commonwealth Foundation and it publishes creative work by writers from countries of the Commonwealth.

In Bengali, adda describes an informal but lengthy conversation; in Hindi, the word traces its origin to a ‘perching spot’ for birds; in the Punjab, an adda is a pit-stop on long highways where travellers rest and exchange news. Put simply: adda is a meeting place.

At adda we publish non-fiction and fiction – whether it takes the form of narrative essays, photo-essays, memoir, short stories, graphic novels or poetry. We prioritise writing from authors who might not have the chance to publish elsewhere, featuring their work alongside established names such as Ben Okri, Ananda Devi, Mia Couto, Olive Senior and Akwaeke Emezi.

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Contact us on writers@commonwealth.int

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