K and L Prize for African Literature

The K & L Prize for African Literature 2020 has made a call for short story entries from young African writers on the theme, Africanfuturism.

The K and L prize, founded and sponsored by New Zealand based Nigerian writer Myles Ojabo in 2018, awards $1000 (New Zealand) to the best piece of unpublished fiction. The inaugural edition was awarded to South African writer, Sisca Julius, for her story, Honey Bee.

The team at the K and L prize 2020 are seeking short stories on the theme, Africanfuturism. Africanfuturism, a term coined by Nigerian-American author Nnedi Okorafor, is a genre that often depicts aliens, and sometimes witches, and is mostly set in a recognizable future Africa, with African lineages — which “are not cultural hybrids but rooted in the history and traditions of the continent” with no element or traits drawn from Western culture (or even pop culture)”.

This year, the prize will be judged by Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba an assistant professor of English at the University of Winnipeg, Canada, and Dione Joseph the founder of Black Creatives Aotearoa.

K and L Prize 2020

Those who want to enter the prize should be African, resident in Africa and between the ages 18 and 25. The stories which must be in English should not exceed 2000 words. You should email your entry to [email protected].