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

Beeta Playwright Competition

The Beeta Universal Arts Foundation (BUAF) spearheaded by Actress and Producer, Bikiya Graham-Douglas, announces the fourth edition of the Beeta Playwright Competition, which has over the years, birthed plays from its past winners; ‘Our Son, the Minister’ by Paul Ugbede, ‘Jagagba’ by Abdul Qudus-Ibrahim and ‘Daughters of the East’ by Achalugo Chioma Ezekobe; playwrights who have all gone on to experience enormous successes. The competition’s theme for this edition is ”Through the ashes we rise – Stories of hope and resilience in a New Nigeria’’. With a deadline for all entries on the 28th December 2020, BUAF calls for entries and is open to indigenous playwrights between the ages of 18-40 who will be judged by an esteemed panel of judges; Award-winning Playwright and Professor of the Arts, Ahmed Yerima as Chairman, Culture/Film Journalist and Arts Administrator, Shaibu Husseini, Veteran Actress and Producer, Ego Boyo, Theatre Producer and Writer, Ayo Jaiyesimi, Director and Actor, Kenneth Uphopho and Publisher/Bookseller, Ibiso Graham-Douglas.

Deadline: December 28, 2020
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Hekaya callout for short fiction and poetry.

Hekaya begins a new chapter focusing on Kenyan coastal writers with a new literature prize awarded for short fiction and poetry.

Deadline: January 31, 2020.
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ENDSARS MINISERIES curated by Ibrahim Babátúndé Ibrahim

Are you an African youth who has images that tell stories of the #EndSars Protests? Submit to the Journal of African Youth Literature (Jay Lit)’s ENDSARS MINISERIES curated by Ibrahim Babátúndé Ibrahim. What to Submit: Pictures from the protests with accompanying quotes, or quotes of your protest experience accompanied by your picture. How to Submit: Send entries to [email protected] with ‘EndSars Miniseries’ in the subject line.
Deadline: December 20, 2020
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African Writers Trust Manuscript Assessment Programme: Second Edition

The Manuscript Assessment Programme (MAP) is designed to offer quality appraisals of book manuscripts by highly experienced editors and readers. In addition, the assessors provide a detailed report on the manuscript, focusing on key areas such as plot, structure, character development, and dialogue, as well as on the quality of the writing. Now in its second edition, the aim of the programme is to inspire and motivate writers to develop their craft with the goal of publishing their manuscripts.

Deadline: January 5, 2021
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The Griot African Storytellers Competition

The Griot Competition is a writing contest for budding African authors anywhere in the world. Cash prizes of $500, $300 and $100 for top 3 entries.

Deadline: January 29, 2021.
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Ohio University Press Submission callout

Ohio University Press seeks submissions of novels, memoirs, and story collections for its Modern African Writing series edited by Dr. Ainehi Edoro-Glines, Assistant Professor of Global Black Literatures and founding Editor of Brittle Paper. The series brings the best of new African writing to an international readership and showcases works by the most talented writers on the continent. In addition to original novels, memoirs, and story collections, the series features select works of historical and literary significance translated into English for the first time. The series seeks both new and established authors, compelling voices from diverse African perspectives.

Deadline: Not indicated.
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Fiyah Lit Mag

FIYAH is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about Black people of the African Diaspora. This definition is globally inclusive (Black anywhere in the world) and also applies to mixed/biracial and Afro-appended people regardless of gender identity or orientation.

Deadline: December 31, 2020
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K & L Prize Call for Entries 2021 

The 2021 K and L prize is now receiving short stories on the theme, Madness. The term could mean insanity or aberrant behaviour, depending on how the writer interprets it. The K and L prize, founded and sponsored by New Zealand based Nigerian writer, Myles Ojabo, awards $1000 (New Zealand) to the best piece of unpublished fiction.

Deadline: March 1, 2021
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Something in the Water Anthology edited by Anathi Jogilanga and Moso Sematlane

Are you a writer, based in Africa? We are looking for your short stories for a new anthology with the theme.

Deadline: February 20, 2020.
Details: On Poster.

AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 2021

AKO Caine Prize for African Writing
AKO Caine Prize for African Writing

The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is an annual literary award for the best original short story by an African writer, whether in Africa or elsewhere, published in the English language. The £10,000 prize was founded in the United Kingdom in 2000, and was named in memory of Sir Michael Harris Caine,[1] former Chairman of Booker Group plc. Because of the Caine Prize’s connection to the Booker Prize, the award is sometimes called the “African Booker”. This year, the prize only accepts submissions via email.

Deadline: January 31, 2021.

Brunel International Africa Poetry Prize 2021

The Brunel International African Poetry Prize is a major annual poetry prize of £3000, aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. The Prize is sponsored by Brunel University London.

The 8th year of the prize is now open for entries from 2nd November to 2nd December 2020. The shortlist is announced in March & the winner/s in May 2021.

Deadline: December 2, 2020.
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Sahifa Journal

Sahifa is a Swahili word for blank page. We believe in the spirit and the possibilities of the blank page for new thought. Sahifa’s inaugural issue, ‘Futures and Dreams’, seeks creative responses from every genre of work – fiction, poetry, nonfiction and essays – that explore the link between how we live our lives now and how we dream of our futures. The ‘Futures and Dreams’ issue will challenge the premises of a burgeoning Afro-Futurism genre through what we call dreamscapes. Whether it be the techno-cities of Tatu and Konza, oil in Turkana and Hoima, the construction sites of Addis Ababa and the giant malls of suburban Nairobi, we want to interrogate future-making in action – a chip off of the ‘Africa Rising’ narrative, that emphasizes the transformational power of technology and infrastructure.

Deadline: December 31
Information: submissions should be sent to [email protected].

Decolonial Passage

Decolonial Passage presents each distinct piece of writing as a passage worthy of readers’ attention in which writers create texts to articulate a variety of themata affecting the human condition including, but not limited to authenticity, liberty, alienation, dignity, community, and boundless love. Decolonial Passage publishes writing from emerging and established writers who use language and form in innovative ways.

Deadline: Not indicated
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The James Currey Prize for African Literature

The James Currey Prize for African Literature is an annual award for the best unpublished work of fiction written in English by any writer, set in Africa. The prize is awarded by a panel of judges appointed each year by the World Arts Agency and the winner receives £1000, as well as a contract with World Arts Agency, if the author doesn’t already have an agent. The prize is judged by Sarah Inya Lawal (chair), Bibi Ukonu, Pinkie Mekgwe, Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph, Arun “Jay” Janakiraman, Barbara Adair, and Miko Yamanouchi. The award ceremony will be held at Oxford University and the ten shortlisted authors will receive invitations.

Deadline: April 1, 2021
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As an initiative, ÀTẸ́LẸWỌ́ is dedicated to the reviving and repositioning of the Yorùbá culture. ÀTẸ́LẸWỌ́ has decided to create an annual prize tagged “ÀTẸ́LẸWỌ́ PRIZE FOR YORÙBÁ LITERATURE” for previously unpublished writers writing in Yorùbá language and the prize accommodates all kinds of literature (Poetry, Drama and Prose). Some of the problems we currently face with respect to Yorùbá literature are accessibility, unfavourable publishing conditions for young writers, lack of reasonable appreciation, promotion and motivation for Yorùbá literature authors, and we hope that we can begin to address these challenges with the institution of this annual prize. In all, our dream is reconnect the younger Yorùbá population to the dying world of Yorùbá literature thereby reawakening their consciousness about their cultural heritage while unlocking the economic opportunities of this sector.

Deadline: November 30
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Sillerman First Book Prize

Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets
Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets

The African Poetry Book Series invites submissions to the Sillerman First Book Prize from all emerging African writers who have not yet published a book-length collection of poetry. The winning manuscript receives publication through with the University of Nebraska Press and a prize of USD $1000.

An “African writer” is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African. Past winners include Madman at Kilifi by Clifton Gachagua, The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony by Ladan Osman, Fuchsia by Mahtem Shiferraw, The January Children by Safia Elhillo, Stray by Bernard Matambo, The Careless Seamstress by Tjawanga Dema, and The Rinehart Frames by Cheswayo Mphanza.

Poetry manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long. All entries are read anonymously, and the winner is chosen by the African Poetry Book Fund Editorial Board. There is no fee to submit, and no application forms are necessary. Writers may submit more than one manuscript. The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets accepts electronic submissions ONLY.

Deadline: December 1
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SprinNG: We Are Deathless: An Afropoetry Anthology

Aren’t you tired already? In 2020, Africa remains under the boots of Western imperialism. In 2020, #BlackLivesMatter is a hashtag that still needs trending all over the world. Black immigrants were baselessly accused of spreading the coronavirus in China. The narrative surrounding the black identity remains a single story of strife and pain. Edited by Wale Ayinla and Kanyinsola Olorunnisola, We Are Deathless: An Afropoetry Anthology is poets’ response to that.

We are aiming for a new narrative with a multitude of black voices speaking their truths in unison. Blackness is no monolith; it exists in various forms and we want works that acknowledge its cultural, religious, ideological and sexual diversity. We want work that provokes; we want work that is experimental; we want work that is loud and boisterous; we want work that is calm and quiet. Hit us with your best shot. ​ While our theme is the black identity, we are open to work that only dances around the subject. After all, even our ordinary, non-socially conscious works are political in a world that seeks to drown out our voices. The title is inspired by Deathless, a song by Ibeyi an Afro-French Cuban duo.

Deadline: November 30
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The Caribbean Writer’s tribute to Kamau Brathwaite.

The Caribbean Writer (TCW) renews its call for submissions for Volume 35 under the 2020 theme: Diasporic Rhythms: Interrogating the Past, Imagining a Future.” And as The Caribbean Writer (TCW), a refereed, international journal published by the University of the Virgin Islands, continues to mourn the passing of its esteemed founding editorial board member, Barbadian Poet and Author Kamau Brathwaite, TCW Editor Alscess Lewis-Brown, remarked that the theme — even though it was announced before we experienced this great loss — captures the essence of the Kamau Brathwaite literary aesthetic and, therefore, is fitting that volume 35 is dedicated to this giant advocate for Caribbean literary expressions.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: December 31, 2020.

  • Isele Magazine

Isele Magazine is a magazine that plans to publish writers and artists who hold the mirror to our society, who challenge conventional expectations about ways of being, how to be, and who decides who should be. It will be a monthly web magazine, a quarterly guest-edited magazine, a yearly print magazine, and a weekly blog.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: Not indicated.

  • Iskanchi Magazine

Iskanchi Magazine will seek out and publish wayward/experimental pieces by African writers. The idea is to showcase works that engage with and examine what the experimental form looks like in the African literary context. They are interested in pieces that disobey in form and content, in works that bother by being without borders. The new magazine is open for submissions, and they pay for published work.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: Not indicated.

  • Global Literature in Libraries Initiative Translated YA Book Prize


The Global Literature in Libraries Initiative is a US-based non-profit which seeks to promote the greater acceptance and availability of foreign-language literature in English. The purpose of the GLLI Translated YA Book Prize is to recognize titles in translation for readers between the ages of 12 and 18 inclusive.  This award will increase the visibility of such titles, and boost the availability of top-notch literature from around the world for young adults.  We accept titles published anywhere around the world.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: December 15, 2020.

  • Critical Africana Studies

The Critical Africana Studies book series features critical, interdisciplinary, and intersectional scholarship within the emerging field of Africana studies. Most scholars within the field agree that “Africana studies” is essentially a rubric term utilized to conceptually capture the teaching and research of a wide-range of intellectuals (both “academic” and “organic” intellectuals) working in disciplines or subdisciplines as discursively diverse as: African studies, African diasporan studies, African American studies, Afro-American studies, Afro-Asian studies, Afro-European studies, Afro-Islamic studies, Afro-Jewish studies, Afro-Latino studies, Afro-Native American studies, Caribbean studies, Pan-African studies, Black British studies and, of course, Black studies. Epistemological and methodological advances in Africana studies, as well as historical and cultural changes, over the last fifty years have led to an increased interest in continental and diasporan African history, culture, thought, and struggles. The Critical Africana Studies book series directly responds to the heightened demand for monographs and edited volumes that innovatively explore Africa and its diaspora employing cutting-edge critical, interdisciplinary, and intersectional theory and methods.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: Not indicated.

  • Random Photo Journal


Random is largely focused on African photography so it’s only right for its magazine to tell African stories, present and past. Stories about women, men, non-binary, queer, life before colonialism, history, ordinary and extraordinary. We think it’s important to tell these stories because Africa desperately needs written literature. Our stories must be told, shared and preserved by us because who else but us? We would like to read stories that make us feel. A story that is able to convey the writer’s emotions through their characters is the best kind of story. We would also like to read stories about African people not centred on poverty or struggle because we believe it feeds a certain narrative that to be African is to be miserable. As much as that is our reality, it’s only a part of it.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: Not indicated.

  • Ka’edi Africa


Ka’edi Africa is an online art organisation that is centred on books, food, places, people and photography. We seek to rewrite the hitherto widespread unpleasant African narrative through these five essential facets of human life. Ka’edi Africa seeks to showcase Africa by telling African stories properly and truthfully to the global community. Our mission is to positively rewrite African narratives and properly tell our stories by promoting relevant African books, arts, foods, places and photography.

Ka’edi Africa online creative nonfiction magazine is accepting submissions year round in five categories: Art, Reviews, Photography, Food and Culture/People.

Submission guidelines: Click here .
Deadline: Not specified (all year round).