In our continuing series, we share opportunities for those who wish to submit work be it poetry, prose, or other related arts in April 2022. These callouts are divided into journals, prizes, and education (MFAs, Fellowships, residencies).

Education (MFAs, Fellowships, residencies)

University of East Anglia Writer Master Class (English and Kiswahili)

Are you in East Africa with a short story idea or an unpublished short story that could use some panel-beating from more experienced hands in the trade and possibly make it into an anthology? The University of East Anglia’s International Chair of Creative Writing Programme, led by Tsitsi Dangarembga invites you to submit your 2,000-3,000 word short story in English or Kiswahili to stand a chance to take part in a week’s residential Masterclass  4-9 July 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya to [email protected] from now until Midnight on 9 May, 2022.

Story submissions in either of the two languages from writers based in Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda will go through a first draft edit via email before final selection of participants who are expected to be in Nairobi during the week of the Masterclass at their own cost (we will make suggestions for low-cost accommodation). Participants in the Masterclass stand a chance of being published in two anthologies with Kiswahili stories translated into English and English stories translated in Kiswahili. The Masterclass that will be facilitated by Elias Mutani (Kiswahili) and Zukiswa Wanner (English) along with guest visits/readings from Tsitsi Dangarembga and the University of East Anglia’s director of Creative Writing and the International Chair programme Jean McNeil.

Deadline: May 9
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FIYAH Literary Magazine Grant Series

The FIYAH Literary Magazine Grant Series is intended to assist Black writers of speculative fiction in defraying costs associated with honing their craft. The series includes three $1,000 grants to be distributed annually based on a set of submission requirements. All grants with the exception of the Emergency Grant will be issued and awarded as part of Juneteenth every year. The emergency grant will be awarded twice a year in $500 amounts.

Deadline: May 15
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Frankfurter Buchmesse fellowship and grant programmes

Frankfurter Buchmesse fellowship

Frankfurter Buchmesse has been promoting networking and further education for international industry representatives for many decades by organising various fellowship and grant programmes. Applications are now open for the following international programmes: Frankfurt International Booksellers, Frankfurt Invitation Programme, Frankfurt Fellowship, and Paris-Frankfurt Fellowship. Booksellers, publishers, and editors, as well as rights and licensing managers from around the world, can submit applications now; the application deadline is 30 April 2022. The deadline for the Paris-Frankfurt Fellowship is 15 March 2022.

Deadline: April 30
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Literary magazines/journals/Anthologies

James Currey Anthology

James Currey Anthology callout

In the spirit of celebrating James Currey and his legacy around African literature, the James Currey Society has an open call for submissions for short stories (1,000-3,000 words), poetry, non-fiction and illustrations.

Deadline: May 15
Submissions: [email protected]

Wild Pine

The Wild Pine editorial team is proud to announce a call for submissions for Issue #2 of our Instagram based zine. We are looking for unthemed micro poetry, hybrids and visual essays during our open period set to begin from April 1st to May 2nd 2022.

Deadline: May 2
Details: On poster.

Agbowo 5: Reincarnation

The order of existence continues to alter the science of things—especially the kinetics of living. In Yoruba mythology, the end seen is only a fashion of decay or the separation between the soul, the spirit, and the body—which means what is seen is the only thing believed to be mortal. What scientific processes drown in the wasteland? What gods work the rebirth? What cities hold space for the reinvention of spirits? What kind of body welcomes the wandering souls of the lost? What joy, grief; what bliss, what blast find footing in the idea of loss and finding? Through what lens does the African artist see this emergence? Or would the artist call it a decomposition? Agbowó, in its 5th year, welcomes the figurative and literary translation of REINCARNATION.

Deadline: May 8
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Volume V of 20.35 Africa Poetry Anthology Series Guest Edited by Sara Elkamel and Chibuihe Obi

Since its inception in 2017, the 20.35 Africa collective has annually published an electronic Anthology of Contemporary African Poetry. This anthology has sought, over the years, to reshape the existing view of what African poetry entails; to usher a rethink of the ways African poetry, like poetry from other regions of the world, uses language to portray the experiences and thoughts of the poets – a creative outline of how they view and interact with their internal self, their immediate environment, and the world at large. The anthology series seeks to canonize African poetry, a project Phillipa Yaa de Villiers describes as “serious, strident, playful – a promising, powerful clutch from the next generation of greats.”

Deadline: April 24
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Call for submissions from artists and writers for a special edition of Omenana Speculative Fiction Magazine.

As we put pen to paper, it was literally raining coups in Africa.

From Sudan to Mali, from Burkina Faso to Equatorial Guinea to Niger, one hears either of violent truncation of government or an attempt at seizing the reins of power by gun wielding soldiers who purport to act for the greater good of the country. 

Democracy, the system of governance that best serves the interest of the individual by allowing them a say in who governs them and how they are governed, is in peril. With this backdrop, Omenana Speculative Fiction Magazine in partnership with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) – a US-based non-governmental organisation that works to strengthen democracy – is calling for submissions for a special themed edition that explores positive visions of democracy.

Note that some of the stories in this special edition will form part of a global anthology edited by Dr. Amy Johnson in late 2022. Stories for the anthology will be selected from Omenana and two other great SF magazines from South America (Mafagafo and A Taverna) and an SF magazine based in Asia (Mithila Review).

Deadline: April 30
Details: Submissions should be sent to [email protected] or go to the Omenana Submissions page

Jalada Africa 10

Pan-African arts and literature collective, Jalada Africa, confirms Resistanceas the theme for Jalada 10 and opens its call for submissions.

Rooted in the Latin word resistere—to make a stand, to oppose, to be dissident—resistance evokes images: of Mandela at Robben Island bearing the dreams of his people, of Che at the beachfront in Havana framed by Alberto Korda; of a little girl reading Little Women by lamplight, defiant of Boko Haram and fundamentalist terrors; of Kenya’s Freedom Corner Mothers who staged a hunger strike and stripped down to stop senseless violence and secure the release of their sons detained as political prisoners; of young protesters across the globe united by a single banner–that #BlackLivesMatter; of the lonesome poet or painter locked down in this period of pandemics and upheavals, creating nonetheless.
Deadline: Not indicated
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Shiwaki is short for Shirika La Waandishi Wa Lugha Ya Kiswahili which in English is the federation of writers in Kiswahili. If you wish to submit your writing in Kiswahili, here is your chance.

Deadline: Not indicated
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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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Kendeka Prize for African Literature

The Kendeka Prize for African Literature is currently accepting entries for its 2022 edition through May 5, 2022. The prize, administered by Solano Publications, is free to enter; both short stories and creative nonfiction are eligible.

The first prize will be 100,000 Kenyan shillings, or around 760 euro, while the second and third prize winners will receive Kshs 50,000 and 25,000 respectively.

All longlisted stories shall be published in an anthology titled I Am Listening, later in the year. Judges and the date of the award ceremony will be announced in a later date.

Deadline: May 5
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Safal-Cornell Kiswahili Prize

The Safal Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African literature was founded by Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Lizzy Attree in 2014 to promote writing in African languages and encourage translation from, between, and into African languages.

Formerly the Mabati Cornell Prize, this year the prize name has changed to reflect the parent organization of their main sponsors – The Safal Group Limited. From this 7th Edition, the prize will bear the name, Safal-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature.

Submissions for the 2022 edition are open for those who write in Kiswahili in fiction (riwaya) and poetry (mashairi). Winners can win up to US$5,000.

Deadline: June 30
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Quramo Writers Prize

Created in 2017 as an avenue for fresh writers to showcase their manuscripts to the global literary community, and contribute their works to the canonisation of Africa literature, the Quramo Writers’ Prize celebrates unpublished writers who are working every day to hone their craft and record our continent’s original stories. The prize aims to encourage and stimulate a new community of talented writers, providing an opportunity for otherwise unexposed talent to achieve publishing recognition and encouragement.

For Quramo Writers’ Prize 2022, we are inviting unpublished African writers to submit an original manuscript in fiction prose, with a minimum word count of 30,000. An ‘African’ writer is taken to mean someone who is a citizen of an African country, or who has a parent who is African by birth or nationality, living anywhere in the world. The Prize is awarded to an original fiction prose manuscript by an unpublished African writer. ‘Unpublished is taken to mean the writer has never traditionally, digitally or self-published his writing in book format before. Each entry must be an original, unpublished work of fiction.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: May 31

Toyin Falola Prize 2022

Now in its third year, the theme for this year’s edition of the Toyin Falola Prize is Freedom. However, freedom is conceived very broadly, for it means several things and can be several things too. It could be a physical condition, psychological, geopolitical, or even spiritual. Still, at the heart of the lexical item’s several interpretations is a roaming spirit, since to be free is to defy bounds: i.e., to have the capacity to not be pinned down. To what extent is this true or false? We want your story to answer this.

Deadline: May 15
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Diverse Book Awards (UK)

Open to any children’s, YA, or adult book published in 2021 by a UK author. Publishers can submit up to 5 books and self-published authors can submit up to 2 books.

Deadline: May 31
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The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

Exceptionally international in scope, the prize supports writers who have not yet published a book-length work, with no limits on age, gender, nationality, or background. The winners of each category will receive a £1,000 cash prize and publication, and will be published in Wasafiri’s print magazine. Shortlisted writers will have their work published on Wasafiri’s website. All fifteen shortlistees and winners will also be offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (dependent on eligibility), and a conversation with Nikesh Shukla of The Good Literary Agency to discuss their career progression.

Deadline: June 30
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Cotton Tree Press

Cotton Tree Press is named after a gigantic tree that holds a special place in the life and culture of several nations with tropical rainforests. Many villages and towns in Liberia, where we were established, were deliberately built near or around a cotton tree. Under the shade of this magnificent wonder of nature, meetings are held, palavers judged, and stories told.

The publishing house is seeking creative nonfiction, children’s books, short stories, novels, and poetry.

Deadline: June 30
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Ouida Books

Ouida Books calls on all writers of unpublished fiction and nonfiction to send us their works. We look forward to receiving your manuscripts.

Deadline: Not indicated
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