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Category: short stories

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 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 So, submit one 3,000-5,000, previously unpublished piece of short fiction that explores identity, like themes of gender identity and sexuality.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 [ … ]

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. [ … ]

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 [ … ]

FIYAH Sundown Towns Submissions

Deadline: April 30. Submit stories and poems by and about people of the African Diaspora to the FIYAH Sundown Towns edition. FIYAH pays $150 for short stories, $300 for novelettes, and $50 for poetry. According to Fiyah, “Sundown Towns exists as neighborhoods or communities that enforce segregation through the exclusion of other races via discriminatory laws, intimidation, and threats of violence.” [ … ]

Appel à candidature pour AWRA résidence d’artistes

Date limite: Vendredi, 30 Juin 2017 à 18h00 (Heure d’Europe Centrale). Le Goethe-Institut et la Sylt Foundation invitent tous toi à postuler pour AWRA, la bourse littéraire d’une durée de deux mois dénommée, de résidence de la Sylt Foundation. L’appel à candidature est ouvert à tous les auteurs africains de tout genre littéraire. Il puet inclure poésie, prose, pièces de théâtre, [ … ]

Asymptote’s Literature from Countries Banned by Trump

Deadline: March 15. Asymptote plans to publish literature from countries banned by Trump. So, submit your unpublished fiction, nonfiction, and poetry pieces if you’re a Somalian and Sudanese writer. It will pay you at least US $200 for each published piece. Asymptote also will run the selected works either in or both The Guardian’s Translation Tuesday or its Spring quarterly edition. You can submit both works written [ … ]

Closed: 2017 Writivism Short Story Prize

Deadline: March 31, GMT. The Writivism Short Story Prize is an annual award for emerging African writers. The Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) administers the award. To qualify, you must be an unpublished writer, resident in an African country. You can only submit one entry for the Writivism Short Story Prize. Submit an original, previously unpublished story. The only exception is [ … ]

Submit to Nyanza Literary Festival: Freedom

Deadline: April 30. You can now submit to the 2nd annual Nyanza Literary Festival’s (NALIF) writing competition. You must be a current or former resident of the Western Kenya/ formerly Nyanza region. Or, you should live in the East African regions surrounding Lake Victoria (Entebbe, Kampala, Jinja, Bukoba, Mwanza, Musoma). Submit previously unpublished fiction, screenplay/play, and poetry work written in English and centered [ … ]

Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize

Deadline: Sunday, April 2. Note: you can only submit entries to the Guardian and 4th Estate BAME Short Story Prize if you live in the UK or Ireland, and are 18 and above. The winner receives £1,000 and a one day publishing workshop at 4th Estate. Also, the Guardian will publish the winning story on its website. To enter, fill in the [ … ]

Submit to EXPOUND Magazine’s Issue 9 Edition

Deadline: Feb. 28.  Submit to EXPOUND Magazine‘s Issue 9 edition, which the magazine currently reads for. It accepts submissions from around the world. EXPOUND publishes original, quality poetry, fiction, photography, artworks, videos, and non-fiction. Non-fiction accepted include interviews, reviews, memoir pieces, and essays. The magazine seeks written works and art that “provoke, investigate, surprise, entertain and startle any reader.” It particularly clamours [ … ]

Submit your Short Story to amaBooks

Deadline: Feb. 14. amaBooks seeks short stories submissions from Zimbabwean writers for its new collection. Because it has no length restrictions or any particular theme, amaBooks can’t wait to read your work. So, just submit your best work. amaBooks is a small independent publishing house based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. So, it mainly publishes novels, short stories, and poetry, with a few local history [ … ]

Submit to The Jeli

The Jeli, a literary publisher for black millennials, loves accepting previously unpublished submissions from new writers. It publishes fiction (short stories, poetry and novels) as well as narrative non-fiction (travel memoirs, biographies and essays). It accepts both early drafts or finished works, but expect  an editorial process at acceptance. The Jeli is a community of readers and writers who are passionate about reading and writing. [ … ]

Closed: African Pen Short Story Competition

Deadline: 30 September 2016. Submit your short stories to the African Pen Short Story Competition. African Pen provides an online platform to publish, support and celebrate the creative writing of all those with a deep connection to Africa. To be eligible for the competition, you must be born, living and working in an African country, or of African descent but living [ … ]

Closed: 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2016. Commonwealth Writers calls for submission to its 2017 Commonwealth Short Story Prize. It awards the prize to the writer of the best unpublished short fiction written in English by a Commonwealth country citizen. The panel of judges places entries into five regions: Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Regional winners receive £2,500 and the [ … ]

€2,000 Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition

Deadline: July 31, 2016 The Seán Ó Faoláin Short Story Competition is an annual short story competition open to writers from around the world, submissions accepted from May to July annually. The competition is open to every writer, ages 16+, of any nationality. Furthermore, submitted stories can be on any subject, in any style. The prize for winning the competition is €2,000 (approx [ … ]

Bakwa Magazine Short Story Competition

Deadline: July 31, 2016. Cameroonians, submit to the Bakwa Magazine Short Story Competition. Founded in 2011, Bakwa is an online magazine that fills the lacuna created by the absence of high standard cultural and literary magazines in Cameroon. So, it focuses on cultural and literary criticism about Cameroon and Africa. It provides a space where African writers can be published, with the intention of [ … ]

Apply to the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop

You get a chance to study with Chimamanda Adichie at the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop! Chimamanda Adichie, Farafina Trust’s creative director, will host the creative writing workshop in Lagos, from June 21 to July 1, 2016. Binyavanga Wainaina, Aslak Sira Myhre and others will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie. At the workshop, accepted participants will be assigned a wide range of reading exercises, [ … ]

Ehanom Review

An arts, literature and politics journal based in Kumasi, Ghana, Ehanom Review publishes the finest of works it receives. We seek poetry, fiction, non-fiction, book reviews, essays and any other writings with literary interest. We are a monthly journal starting from July, 2014.  We accept only electronic submissions (via email). One submission at a time, no multiple submissions. Accepts simultaneous submissions. Publishes previously unpublished works for [ … ]

Transition Magazine

Born in Africa and bred in the diaspora, Transition is a unique forum for the freshest, most compelling, most curious ideas about race. It bills itself as “an anchor of deep reflection on black life and a map charting new routes through the globalized world.” Transition is published three times annually by Indiana University Press. Transition does accept simultaneous submissions.  Please notify to [ … ]