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Submit: Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award and Anthology

Deadline: July 16, 2017 (5 pm). Jacana Literary Foundation currently accepts submission for its Sol Plaatje EU Poetry Award and Anthology. Writers should submit previously unpublished poems in any of the 11 South African languages. It encourages entrants to submit poems written in their mother tongue. Providing no set theme, the Foundation hopes the Award “reflects the complex, nuanced and uncomfortable [ … ]

2017 Morland Writing Scholarships for African Writers

Deadline: Oct. 31, 2017 Annually, the Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) awards a small number of Morland Writing Scholarships to African writers. The Foundation desires to help selected Scholars produce the first draft of their completed book. It opens the scholarship to anyone born or whose parents were born in Africa. Also, Scholars must write in English. Do note that only published writers can apply.  Scholars writing [ … ]

Call for Submission: Africa in Dialogue

 Deadline: August 31, 2017. Africa in Dialogue engages in dialogues with Africa’s leading storytellers on various contemporary, historical, philosophical and social discourses that affect Africans in Africa and the Diaspora. It invites Africans to submit original, unpublished dialogues with African storytellers from July 15. Emmanuel Iduma will guest-edit the first issue. Send in original and unpublished interviews no longer than 5000 words in length written in [ … ]

2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize

Deadline: July 31. Short Short Story Day Africa (SSDA) now accepts submissions for its 2017 Short Story Day Africa Prize. The winner will receive $800, the runner-up $200 and the second runner-up $100. So, submit one 3,000-5,000, previously unpublished piece of short fiction that explores identity, like themes of gender identity and sexuality. According to Short Story Day Africa, The “Id” is one [ … ]

Gnarled Oak Call for Submissions

Deadline: July 7, 2017. Gnarled Oak will be reading submissions for Issue 13 from June 24 to July 7. Gnarled Oak accepts poetry, prose, videos, and artwork. James Brush, its editor, favors shorter works. He prefers poems of less than 20 lines, prose works less than 1,000 words, and videos less than 7 minutes long. Send in 1-5 poems pasted in the body of an email, 1-2 prose pieces, 1-4 [ … ]

Submission Call: 2017 RL Poetry Award

Deadline: Aug. 5, 2017. The Poetry Mail invites you to submit to its 4th RL Poetry Award. Submit eight to 10 poems from manuscripts you currently work on or have completed. You can submit a mix of published and unpublished poems. Or, your manuscript can consist of only unpublished poems. Save all your poems as one single Word document. Indicate on [ … ]

Submissions Call: PRAXIS Response Chapbook

Deadline: July 21, 2017. Send in response poems for the next PRAXIS response chapbook, Around This Fire 5. PRAXIS recently published Iskandar Haggarty’s digital chapbook, There Are No Women in Our House. And, it currently seeks response poems to Haggarty’s chapbook. Email your response poems in the body of your email to halima@praxismagonline.com. Also, include “ATF5 Submission” as the subject line of the email. Same, include your [ … ]

Gerald Kraak Award

Deadline: July 24, 2017 The Jacana Literary Foundation and the Other Foundation seek submissions to their 2017 Gerald Kraak Award. The award focuses on stories and photographies on gender, human rights and sexuality. To be eligible, you should be an African who lives and works in the continent. The first place prize winner receives R25,000. Submit the following: fiction, non-fiction, poetry photography journalism/magazine reporting [ … ]

adda – Call for Writers

Deadline: July 31, 11:59 p.m. (any time zone) adda, Commonwealth Writers’ online story hub, seeks writers for commissioning to write fiction and non-fiction pieces. Commissioned writers will go through a detailed editorial process to ensure the level of story quality adda offers its viewers. Please note that only writers from Commonwealth countries are eligible. In Bengali, adda means a lengthy informal conversation. Same, in Hindi, the word [ … ]

Call for submission: Mounting the Moon Project

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2017. Unoma Azuah and Michelle Omas call for submissions to their Mounting the Moon project, a collection of queer Nigerian love poems. The Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act proposed in 2006 and passed in 2013 raised debates over sexual and gender rights in Nigeria. Homophobia and transphobia erupted in the public sphere. Threats and attacks against LGBT writers, activists, as [ … ]

The Machinery Submission

Deadline: June 30. After its last two themed issues, The Machinery has kept the theme open this time. You’re free to submit work in any genre, with any theme. You can submit up to 300-1000 words of flash fiction, up to 3 poems, and any artwork you may have. You can submit flash fiction of any genre, from high school drama to [ … ]

Submission Call: TSSF Journal

Deadline: July 15. You can now submit to the TSSF Journal. TSSF Journal seeks well-crafted, realistic stories about Africa, Africans, and African issues from writers of African descents or those associated with Africa. Send well-developed, complete, and thoroughly revised poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction pieces to journal@singlestory[dot]org. Email title should be: TSSF Journal: [Work Name], [genre]. You can email in a 4,000 words maximum non-fiction [ … ]

Enkare Review accepts unsolicited submissions

Deadline: August 1, 2017. Enkare Review is currently accepting unsolicited previously unpublished submissions for Enkare’s second issue from June 1, 2017. Submit poetry, fiction, and non-fiction submissions, written in English or translated into English to submissions@enkare.org. Also include a  cover letter, indicating if your submission is a translation and the original language. Email your submission as a Word documents (doc or docx) attachment. [ … ]

World Environment Day Writing Contest

Deadline: May 26, 2017 12:00 pm (noon) WAT. The U.S. Embassy Abuja sponsors this year’s World Environment Day Writing Contest to promote environmental awareness and literacy. Open to amateur, unpublished writers, submit an original short story to enter. Your entry should be a-1,500-3,500 word piece on the theme of “Connecting People to Nature.” You must be 18-35 years old and a resident of Nigeria to be [ … ]

AFREADA X Africa Writes Competition

Deadline: June 18 (23:59 BST). You could win $100 in the AFREADA X Africa Writes Competition. AFREADA and Africa Writes invite writers to send in a 500-word short story, loosely based on acclaimed Congolese writer Alain Mabanckou’s Tomorrow I’ll be Twenty. Written from 10-year-old Michel’s perspective, the story begins: In this country, a boss should always be bald and have a big belly. [ … ]

Submission Call: 2018 Golden Baobab Prize

Deadline: Dec. 1. Golden Baobab Prize invites African writers and illustrators to submit entries for this year’s prize. The Prize celebrates African writers and illustrators of children’s stories. It awards them for their work. Winners and longlisted entrants have to provide a copy of their passports or comparable documents. There are no restrictions on age or race. While it offers no theme, [ … ]

Submission Call: Dinaane Debut Fiction Award

Deadline: May 31, 2017. Jacana Media calls for submissions, written in English, for its 2017 Dinaane Debut Fiction Award. Previously known as the European Union Literary Award, the Dinaane Debut Fiction Award has unearthed many talents in the past 13 years. According to Jacana Media, books published under this award have reflected the many strands of conversation that are woven [ … ]

Pitch to Jacana Media

Pitch to Jacana Media Deadline: July 14, 2017. You can now pitch to Jacana Media. Like many publishers, it receives a large number of submissions of unsolicited manuscripts every week. This means hours spent wading through many emails as we try to give every author feedback on their work. Writers often try to arrange meetings with publishers, convinced that meeting the publisher in [ … ]

Submit: The Okike Prize for Literature

 Deadline: June 5. The Okike Prize for Literature, a new Nigerian initiative, awards literary excellence amongst bright university undergraduates all over Nigeria. An Igbo word, Okike means creator. Though contextually, it means creativity. Right now, the initiative accepts fiction, poetry, and drama submission. Only Nigerian universities undergraduates can apply. Okike Prize for Literature offers no particular theme for this submission call. So, [ … ]

Black Letter Media Short Story Competition

Deadline: May 31, 2017 (11:59 p.m. South African Time). Black Letter Media seeks short stories from all over the world, written in English under the theme: The people shall. It wants stories that draw inspiration from this phrase, whether political or not. Stories submitted should take readers on a journey, capture the readers’ imagination and be unpredictable. The Annual Short Story competition celebrates the [ … ]