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Category: Submission Calls

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 [ … ]

Pan Macmillan South Africa Accepting Manuscript Submissions

Deadline: May 12, 2017. As a general rule, Pan Macmillan South Africa does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. However, it opened a submission window from today, May 8, to May 12, 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 [ … ]

Call for Submission: Babishai Haiku

Deadline: July 4, 2017. The Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation opens its 2017 Babishai Haiku Competition to all African poets living in Africa. Applicants should not have published a full-length collection of poetry by July 2017 to qualify. It seeks African themed haiku, i.e. haiku about African sights and sounds. The haiku must be concise, three lines each. Also, it should contain clear images, settings, [ … ]

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, [ … ]

Submission Call: Mabati Cornell Kiswahili

Deadline: May 31, 2017. Cornell University awards $15,000 for its Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize yearly. The prize honors writers with unpublished manuscripts, or recently published books (within two years) written in Kiswahili. So, you can submit your manuscript or books in any of the fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and graphic novels categories. The $15,000 is divided into $5,000 for 1st place fiction, $5,000 for 1st place poetry, $3,000 for [ … ]

Commonwealth Youth Council: Unseen & Unspoken

Deadline: May 31, 2017 (1700 GMT). Commonwealth Youth Council launches Unseen & Unspoken to commemorate World Braille Day. It seeks to raise awareness about the experience and lives of young people with disabilities who the spotlight does not really shine on. Therefore, submit poetry around the theme: My disability does not define me. The disability can be visible or invisible disabilities such as [ … ]

Appel à contributions poétiques: A Song for Burundi

Limite pour la soumission: Avril 15. Huza Press en collaboration avec Africa Writes et Jalada Africa présent A Song for Burundi. Huza Press appel à contribution pour un recueil de poésis de Burundais vivant exile. Qui s’intitule A Song for Burundi, vise à rassembler des poèmes de defférentes formes, defférentes communautés et traditions qui explorent les expériences de migration et de chez-soi, de perte [ … ]

Huza Press: A Song for Burundi

Deadline: April 15. Huza Press announces A Song for Burundi, a poetry anthology collaboration with Africa Writes and Jalada Africa. A Song for Burundi will publish poems from Burundians living in exile. Huza Press seeks to explore the experience of migration, loss, belonging and hope. It will launch the anthology in London at the 2017 Africa Writes Festival. To apply, you must be a Burundian living outside Burundi. [ … ]

2017 Wasafiri New Writing Prize now open

Deadline: July 14 (5 p.m. GMT). For the 2017 Wasafiri New Writing Prize, Wasafiri welcomes poetry, fiction, and life writing (nonfiction) submissions from writers who haven’t published a complete book. It launched the Wasafiri New Writing Prize in 2009 to support new writers of all ages, genders, nationalities and background. To enter, you have to pay an entry fee to apply for this [ … ]

Submit to the Anansesem Love Theme Issue

Deadline: not dated. Anansesem publishes children’s and young adult fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and illustration. It currently accepts submissions for its September 2017 issue, with a “Love”  theme. Interpret personally or broadly what love means to you, the community, and the world in general. Send in up-to-five poems, one 2,000-word max short story, one 2,000-word max nonfiction, and a collection of up-to-five images. Type [ … ]

Submit to the Electronic Pamphlet

Deadline: all year long. New e-magazine, Electronic Pamphlet reads all year long but publishes six times a year. The editions come out in February, April, June, August, October, and December of each year. So, for its current submission period, it seeks “bold, raw, experimental and quality works” Submit your fiction, poetry, artworks, nonfiction, cross-genre, and prose poems. You can submit [ … ]

Anasoma Writing Contest

Deadline: April 6, 12 a.m. EAT. For the Anasoma Writing Contest, AMKA seeks original, unpublished content that inspires and promotes empowerment of Kenyan girls and women. Note, only Kenyans can enter the Anasoma Writing Contest. Five winners will receive $1,000 each and get published digitally and in print. To participate, send in a 500-word pitch to anasoma@amka.or.ke. You can pitch a book, comic, biography, etc. Your [ … ]

2017 SA Writers College Short Story Competition

Deadline: April 30. Send in your previously unpublished fiction or non-fiction stories, written in English, for the 2017 SA Writers College Short Story Competition. SA Writers College accepts submission from South African writers over the age of 16 who have been published 0-4 times. However, it makes an exception for unpaid articles or works published in newsletters/blogs that have fewer than 1,000 circulations. The winners will receive via electronic transfer R10,000 [ … ]

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.” [ … ]

Submit to WAW (Words Are Work)

Deadline: All year long, every month. WAW, Words Are Work, accepts submissions for online publication all year long, on a monthly basis. Submit your previously unpublished fiction, poetry, and non-fiction works. It generally publishes up to 1000 words flash fiction and up to 3000 words short stories. WAW also accepts all types of creative nonfiction such as reviews, personal essays, memoir, and opinion [ … ]

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, [ … ]

Afridiaspora Accepts Unsolicited Submissions

Afridiaspora is opened for submission year round. An African webzine fetching African stories from every part of the world, Afridiaspora seeks eager African writers willing to tell their own stories as it should be told, in new voices, old voices, uncategorised voices, voices yearning to be heard, voices so subtle, the world could feel it in their bones. There is no [ … ]