In our continuing monthly series, we share opportunities for those who wish to submit work be it poetry, prose, or other art in June 2020.

  • Jalada: Nostalgia

Pan-African writers’ collective Jalada has been at the forefront of producing some of the most exciting new work coming from the continent in the last few years. The collective has made a callout for work for their newest anthology under theme Nostalgia.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: July 31​st​, 2020​.

  • Aminiya-Trust Hausa Language Short Story Writing Competition

Aminiya-Trust Hausa Language Short Story Writing Competition

This is a brand-new Short Story Writing Competition sponsored by Aminiya-Trust newspapers that hopes to serve as a beacon for the development of Hausa literature. This competition will be organized annually under the stewardship of Gandun Kalmomi and Open Arts.

Deadline: July 15.

  • Warwick Prize for Women in Translation 2020

The Warwick Prize for Women in Translation will be awarded annually to the best eligible work of fiction, poetry, literary non-fiction, work of fiction for children or young adults, graphic novel, or play text, written by a woman, translated into English by a translator (or translators) of any gender, and published by a UK or Irish publisher. The £1,000 prize is divided between the writer and her translator(s), with each contributor receiving an equal share. In cases where the writer is no longer living, the translator will receive all of the prize money.

Translators & publishers: if you published a work written by a woman in English translation between April 2019-March 2020 in UK/Ireland,

Details: Click here
Deadline: June 5.

  • Pan Macmillan SA calls for commercial fiction submissions.

Pan Macmillan South Africa holds an open submission period once a year. They are currently not accepting manuscript submissions. Our open submission period is from 15th- 22nd June. Manuscripts submitted before or after this date will not be considered.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: June 15- 22.

  • To Speak Europe in Different Languages.

Europe’s newest, boldest literary prize is open: Hybrid and collective writing competition “To Speak Europe in Different Languages” seeks shortlisted work translated & published into the languages of Somali, English, Amharic, Arabic, and Tigrinya

Details: Click here.
Deadline: July 1, 2020.

  • #Stories4Health Writing Competition

With the #Stories4Health Writing Competition, we are looking for personal experiences and human interest stories around new diseases, epidemics and trauma with special focus on personal experiences, human interest stories Covid-19 as the areas of interest.

The competition is open to African writers from all over the world. Verification will be done at the point of selecting winners. Questions of eligibility shall be resolved by the Muwado and Amani administration and their decision is final.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: June 30.

  • Queen Mary Wasafiri Writing Prize

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize is receiving submissions from around the world. Writers who haven’t yet published a book-length work in their chosen genre can enter, regardless of age, gender, nationality, or background, in hopes of winning the £1,000 prize in each category: Fiction, Life Writing, Poetry. As well as the cash prize, winners and shortlisted writers may be eligible for a Chapter and Verse award, courtesy of The Literary Consultancy (TLC), worth £2,000, or Free Reads mentoring, to support them as they grow and develop their work.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: June 15.

  • Puntland Women Writers for Covid-19

How has #COVIDー19 impacted your life? Join the Somali Writers Unite Against Covid-19 project & share your stories, essays, poems & other forms of art.

Details: on Tweet.

Deadline: June 4.

  • Write Ghana’s Ga poetry anthology

We are excited to call for submissions for our anthology of Ga poetry. We are accepting original poems in Ga, poetry translations into Ga, and bilingual poems that contain Ga.

Details: In tweet
Deadline: July 15.

  • The Kalahari Short Stories Competition.
Kalahari Short Stories Competition
Kalahari Short Stories Competition

The Kalahari Short Stories Competition, organised by La Cene Littéraire, seeks entries in French, English and Kiswahili. It was officially opened today May 20, 2020.
Details: Click here.

  • International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2021

International Prize for Arabic Fiction

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is delighted to announce that submissions will open for the 14th edition of the prize on Friday 1 May 2020. Submissions will close on Monday 31 August 2020. Eligible novels must be written in Arabic and have been published for the first time between 1 July 2019 and 31 August 2020. This allows for an extension of two months to the eligibility period compared to previous prize cycles and is granted in response to the current disruption to publishing and distribution.

Details: Click here
Deadline: August 31, 2020.

  • Quramo Writers Prize 2020

The Quramo Writers’ Prize is an African award for new and emerging writers. It celebrates unpublished writers who are working every day to hone their craft and record our continent’s original stories. Quramo Publishing Limited is an independent media company committed to producing the highest quality content for our various audiences. Since 2015, through our growing selection of imprints, we have published works of historical nonfiction, contemporary fiction, and children’s books, by a growing list of authors including Yejide Kilanko, Abimbola Dare, and Sefi Atta. The goal is to document and celebrate the many facets of pre and post-colonial African life.

Submission details: Click here.

Deadline: July 30, 2020.

Our goal is to promote freedom of speech through intelligent and thoroughly researched commentary and analysis on Africa from a diverse network of contributors.

Details: Click here.