Toyin Fálọlá Prize 2020

Lunaris has made a callout for the inaugural Toyin Fálọlá Prize for entries from writers from across Africa. Here is the official communication from the organisers.

The LUNARIS team is glad to officially announce the inaugural Toyin Fálọlá Prize (TFP) created in honor of the Distinguished African scholar and foremost historian, Professor Toyin Fálọlá, whose contributions to the field of African history and culture have continued to place Africa on the map and accord it its deserved recognition. The prize is meant to honor his endeavors and contributions to the advancement of African cultures, peoples, myths, and histories.

Toyin Fálọlá has spent a greater part of his career advancing the African (hi)story the African way. We’re set on the same path, but this time we seek to reclaim the African story by blurring the boundaries between History and Literature to reveal what Maya Angelou refers to as not the glamorous facts but historical truths about Africa. For this reason, the Toyin Falola Prize is LUNARIS’ way of staking a claim that the proper African (hi)story indeed can be made, especially under self-selected circumstances. Writing, after all, is impossibility turned on its head.

On this premise, we invite young African writers to reach to the core of Africa to make, remake, affirm, and re-affirm the African (hi)story creatively. Presently, the prize is worth 700 dollars for a single winner from any country in Africa, which makes it one of the largest literary prizes in the continent. The inaugural edition of the prize would be judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Adunni Abimbola Adelakun. Further information about the prize can be found at

Oke, Tolulope A.

Publisher, Lunaris Review

So there you have it. The submission starts on January 1 and closes on April 15, 2020.