Adanna, a name of Nigerian origin, pronounced a-DAN-a, is defined as "her father's daughter." Our mission is to further awareness on gender equity issues and concerns through writing and art. Adanna is not limited to publishing women; we accept submissions from our male counterparts directed towards women's issues and topics. We accept poetry, short stories, creative non-fiction, essay, interviews, and reviews. For more information, visit our submission guidelines.

Adanna recently supported the publication of an anthology of Junior High Schooler's writing for a special fundraising effort-

7th and 8th graders from MES, New Jersey wrote about their experiences the night of Hurricane Sandy and the weeks that followed.   Profits earned from the sales of this book will go towards the Manasquan Area Ministerium discretionary fund for Sandy-affected individuals/families.

Included amid this collection of 42 heartrending student essays are excerpts from 74 equally moving student essays that space would not permit us to print in full. These excerpts are included under four themes central to the students’ experiences of Hurricane Sandy: Scar, Chaos, Aftermath, Restore. Together, the first letters of these themes intentionally spell the word scar.

Hurricane Sandy has indeed left a scar on these young people, their families, their communities. The superstorm has forever scarred their beloved Jersey Shore landscape. Yet time and attentive care heal the wounds of the scar, creating newness and strength. As the poet and story-teller Linda Hogan wrote, “Some people see scars, and it is wounding they remember. To me they are proof of the fact that there is healing.” There was the storm, and there is still some chaos and plenty of work to be done in aftermath, but these students, their families, their communities, and their landscape are rebuilding…they are committed to RESTORE THE SHORE, and these essays are a healing balm for the scars of all who wrote them and for all who will read them.
–Lynne McEniry


To purchase a copy visit our "Hurricane Sandy" page...

Adanna Literary Journal

Why Adanna?

Adanna, a name of Nigerian origin, pronounced a-DAN-a, is defined as “her father’s daughter.”  This literary journal is titled Adanna because women over the centuries have been defined by men in politics, through marriage, and, most importantly, by the men who fathered them. Today women are still bound by complex roles in society, often needing to wear more than one hat or sacrifice one role so another may flourish.

While this journal is dedicated to women, it is not exclusive, and it welcomes our counterparts and their thoughts about women today. Submissions to Adanna must reflect women’s issues or topics, celebrate womanhood, and shout out in passion. 

To learn more about Adanna, visit a review by Bethany Zohner, "New Pages."


The Adanna Literary Journal is a privately funded press.  We thank all of our contributers and readers who help support Adanna as both subscribers and entrants to our contests.