Submissions sought for African children’s fiction from Accord Literary

New publishing outfit Accord Literary is looking for submissions of children’s fiction from African writers.

Accord Literary is a partnership formed by Deborah Ahenkorah and Sarah Odedina to mentor, develop and encourage writers based in Africa writing books for young readers. Their mission is to find original and unique voices and get their books into the hands of readers around the world.

Ghana-based publisher Deborah Ahenkorah is the founder of the Golden Baobab Prize, the pan African literary award which over the past ten years has discovered and supported children’s book authors and illustrators across Africa. She recently launched a children’s publishing house, African Bureau Stories.

Sarah Odedina has worked in the world of children’s books for over 20 years. During her career, she has published five Carnegie Medal winning authors, and numerous bestselling prize-winning writers in the world of children’s books. Sarah is currently Editor-at-Large for Pushkin Children’s Books as well as editor for SCOOP, a bimonthly magazine for young readers. Sarah runs workshops and a mentorship program for BAME authors based in the UK.

The two have set up Accord Literary to partner in a search for African writers for worldwide publication. The objective is to encourage the wealth of talent and to get the authors work out to a worldwide readership.

On the callout, Sarah Odedina said, “this is the most wonderful opportunity to partner with Deborah who has lead the way in publishing excellent books from African writers and nurture new talent. The appetite for diverse authors and their stories is being driven by audiences in the UK and in America. To be able to bring to those readers books that draw on Africa and African experiences for their narratives is a really exciting initiative.”

On her part, Deborah Ahenkorah said, “there is a very strong need for the global conversation about diverse books to include African children’s books written and illustrated by Africans. The children’s publishing industry in Africa is a hotbed of literary talent and we are thrilled through this partnership to be able to put such a global spotlight on the stories that are coming out from across Africa.”

To get more information in this open-call for submissions please visit www.accordliterary.com.

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