Category: academic papers

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 [ … ]

Closed: SUNU Journal Submissions

A Wolof word meaning our, SUNU Journal engages critically African issues and topics at continental, regional, national and international levels through literary work, research papers and compelling visuals. SUNU’s mission is to amplify the youth voice and contribute to strengthening their collective consciousness in critical engagement with African affairs, and aesthetics. Accepted on a rolling basis, Submissions should critically and creatively explore topics [ … ]

Closed: scrutiny2 Calls for Papers

scrutiny2, which publishes issues in English studies in Southern Africa calls for papers commemorating the life and work of Lauretta Ngcobo (1931-2015). Ngcobo was a pioneering black feminist writer, committed political activist, teacher, and writer. She became one of the first black South African women to publish a novel in English. Her published titles includes Cross of gold (1981), her first novel, and her most [ … ]

Africa Writes Abstract Submission Calls

Africa Writes Abstract Submission Calls seeks submissions from Ph.D. students, early career scholars and independent researchers on ideas and approaches to African literatures. Africa Writes is an annual festival organised by the Royal African Society, which aims to promote contemporary African writing and writers as well as to explore Africa’s long literary past and its future. Academic discourse on African literatures [ … ]

FEMRITE Calls for Abstracts on Rethinking African Literature

FEMRITE, the Uganda Women Writer Association, invites scholars to submit 15–20 minute presentations abstracts to its international conference. The conference will be held at the School of Women and Gender Studies, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda from July 28-30, 2016. The conference will be a platform for writers, scholars, literary critics and other interested parties to engage, rethink and propose possible new [ … ]


Kwani? is a journal founded by some of Kenya’s most exciting new writers and has 6 print editions to date. Receives significant funding from the Ford Foundation and has become a major platform for writing from across the African continent. Kwani?’s editorial panel usually has two reading periods each year. Submit works via email, attaching your work in a (*doc) or (*rtf) file. [ … ]

The Journal of African Cultural Studies Calls for Papers on ‘Boredom

Boredom has had many historians, and a number of book-length studies are available on the topic. Most of these are focused on the white male canon of western literature. In the edited collection by Paul Tyambe Zeleze and Cassandra Rachel Veney, Leisure in Urban Africa, leisure is theorised in ways that can usefully be placed alongside a new theory of boredom, and to [ … ]