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Category: Fiction

Submit to the SI Leeds Literary Prize

Deadline: April 30, 2018. A biennial prize, the SI Leeds Literary Prize honors unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women resident in the UK aged 18+. Soroptimist International of Leeds created and runs the SI Leeds Literary Prize. Submit an unpublished novel or collections of short stories of any genre of no less than 30,000 words. Please do not submit memoirs, biographies and autobiographies. And ensure that [ … ]

Enter the Bristol Short Story Prize

Deadline: May 1, 2018 (midnight BST). The 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize is open to all writers around the world whether published or unpublished. You can either submit your story online or post by mail. The team awards £1000 for 1st prize, £700 for 2nd prize, and £400 for 3rd prize. It also awards £100 to the remaining 17 shortlisted writers. [ … ]

Granta is now accepting Unsolicited Submissions

Deadline: January 4. Granta publishes fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Currently, it is accepting fiction and nonfiction submissions until Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. However, it accepts photography and art submissions all year-round. The publication imposes no strict word limits. Ideally, submit submissions that are between 3,000 and 6,000 words. Do note that the editors will not read any submission that is [ … ]

Submit to the RadioBook Rwanda project by Huza Press

 Deadline: January 15, 2018. Huza Press calls on Rwandan and Kenyan writers and artists to submit short stories and art pieces for its RadioBook Rwanda project. Huze Press will publish new writing and new artworks in collaboration with Kwani Trust and No Bindings. The proposed RadioBook Rwanda book series will publish original artworks and three short stories as pocket-sized editions. The publication will be [ … ]

Saraba Magazine Calls for Submissions

Deadline: Dec. 31, 2017. Saraba Magazine calls for submissions for its 2018 Saraba issues. The themes are Open (#22), Fake Truths (#23), and Viral (#24).  It will pay published writers ₦10,000 (approximately $30).   It asks prospective contributors to interpret the themes in singular, yet compelling ways. Submit unpublished works that address any of the three themes. And, in your cover letter, [ … ]

Bellevue Literary Review Calls for Submissions

Deadline: Jan. 1, 2018. Bellevue Literary Review invites you to submit submissions centered around its Displacement theme. It accepts high-caliber poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. You can view displacement through the prism of “sense of un-belonging in the body, a yearning for relief from suffering, a pining for a return to the land of the healthy.” Or, you can write it from the literal sense of [ … ]

Enter the 2018 Kalemba Short Story Prize

Deadline: Dec. 15. Open to Zambian citizens only, the Kalemba Short Story Prize awards the best unpublished short fiction written in English. Ukusefya WORDS funds and administers the $1,000 annual award. To enter, submit an unpublished short fiction piece(2,000-5,000 words), written in English. You don’t have to reside in Zambia to qualify for eligibility. You just have to be a Zambian national. Writers must [ … ]

Submit to Awele Creative Trust (ACT)

Submission period:  Nov. 15 – Dec. 31, 2017. The Awele Creative Trust will begin receiving fiction submissions for its 2017 ACT Award on Nov. 15, 2017. To enter, email your previously unpublished work to awelecreativetrust@gmail.com. Again, the award only rewards fictional works. The team will only consider one story per author. With your submission, include a cover note with your name, date of [ … ]

Submit to Prufrock

Deadline: none. A South African literary magazine, Prufrock accepts submission year round. Four University of Cape Town graduates founded the magazine in May 2013. The magazine features long-form non-fiction, fiction, poetry, photography, and illustration. It accepts unsolicited submissions and has no restrictions on content or style. While priority is given to African writers, it publishes writers from all over the world. It will read and publish [ … ]

Pan Macmillan South Africa Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Open: Nov. 20-24, 2017. As a general rule, Pan Macmillan South Africa does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. However, it will open a submission window from Nov. 20 to Nov. 24, 2017. Submit manuscripts that focus on general fiction, literary fiction, general non-fiction and memoir (bio or autobiography). Pan Macmillan South Africa does not accept short story collections, poetry, plays and children’s books. It believes [ … ]

Submit to Kabaka Magazine

Deadline: Dec.12. Kabaka Magazine is a quarterly queer literary magazine. It publishes original, unpublished poetry, fiction, visual arts, photography, videos, non-fiction: interviews, reviews,  memoir pieces, and essays. It wants works that interrogate what it means to be queer and African. Kabaka Magazine believes that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex lives are part of the African experience and culture. As [ … ]

Submit to Type/Cast Journal 4th Issue: Contested Spaces

Deadline: Sept. 1, 2017. The Type/Cast editorial collective announces a new call for submissions. It seeks fiction, poetry, and short nonfiction works that deal with the theme of contested spaces. Efemia Chela and Bongani Kona will guest edit this year’s issue. Your work can touch on literally having to deal with physical spaces that are contested. Or, you can write about emotional or intellectual spaces, or [ … ]

Submit to the 2017 Bloody Parchment Short Story Competition

Deadline: October 31, 2017. South African HorrorFest Bloody Parchment announces that its 2017 Bloody Parchment Short Story Competition is now open. It seeks fresh, disturbing and disconcerting new voices in SFF, most especially stories that fall under the horror and dark fantasy/SF genres. That being said, please don’t submit stories that rely purely on gratuitous violence and rape for its punch. That [ … ]

Submission Call: Submit to Ake Review

Ake Review Deadline: August 31, 2017. Ake Review welcomes entries in fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, reviews, photography, film, music, sound art, performance art, and visual art. It is an annual multi-lingual literary journal that serves as a vehicle for the promotion and celebration of African culture. You can submit entries in written form, as podcasts, or as videos. It encourages submission of pieces [ … ]

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 [ … ]

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 [ … ]

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 [ … ]

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 [ … ]

Residency: 7th FEMRITE Regional Residency

Deadline: July 15, 2017. FEMRITE announces calls for its 7th FEMRITE Regional Residency for African women writers, to be held in Kampala. Karavan, a quarterly Swedish literary magazine, will also co-host the residency. A women’s biggest challenge has always been a lack of space and time to write. FEMRITE seeks to provide space for women to write, to promote intercultural literary discourse, [ … ]