In our continuing series, we share opportunities for those who wish to submit work be it poetry, prose, or other related arts in August 2021.

The Jericho Prize

We’re excited to announce the inaugural Jericho Prize for children’s writing, open to Black-British writers with great stories to inspire children aged 4 years plus and 7–9.From 9am 2 August to 12pm (midday) 2 September 2021, send us your finest finished manuscript for a chance to win a cash prize, exclusive access to publishing industry professionals, and more.

Deadline: September 2
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Rajat Neogy Editorial Fellowship at A Long House

At A Long House, we think of Blackness, through art, literature, and critical thinking as a form of long memory. We are excited to be working within and alongside a resurgence of creative and young people led digital platforms across the African diaspora. Writing is a solitary practice but publishing is not. Literature that goes through any kind of institutional process is usually the result of multiple eyes looking over, working on, and producing what eventually becomes the finished material that the public engages with.

We are hereby announcing the Rajat Neogy Editorial Fellowship at A Long House.

Deadline: September 28
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ACP-EU Culture Programme (East Africa): Ignite Culture

HEVA, in partnership with the British Council and as part of the global ACP_EU Culture Programme, has established a finance facility for the support of creative and cultural industries in 14 countries in Eastern Africa: ACP-EU Culture Programme (East Africa): Ignite Culture.

This Eastern Africa focused fund is part of the global ACP-EU Culture Programme which is being implemented by HEVA, in partnership with the British Council with the financial contribution of the European Union, and with further support from the Organisation of ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) States.

Deadline: September 15
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Hamwe Festival 2021: Short Stories Contest

The University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) and Kigali Public Library (KPL) will jointly organize a short stories contest as part of the third edition of Hamwe Festival. UGHE is an accredited university in Rwanda and an initiative of PIH (Partners In Health) that trains the next generation of global leaders from around the world in health care delivery. With the Hamwe Festival, the university’s objectives are to create an enabling environment for strong collaboration between global health professionals and creative industries as well as to generate new insights into global health challenges and corresponding solutions, using the unique and complementary vantage points of artists and global health professionals. The first edition of the festival, Hamwe 2019, explored a diverse range of possible collaborations between creative industries and health sectors. The second edition of the festival took place online from November 11th to November 15th, 2020, and discussed Mental Health and Social Justice through the prism of the arts and art-based research, reaching more than 26,000 viewers from all over the world.

Deadline: September 12
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Books of Kenya seek reviews

Books of Kenya is a website dedicated to books from Kenya. They are currently seeking reviews of some Kenyan books.

Deadline: Not indicated
Details: On poster

The Nehanda Re-Imagined initiative

The Nehanda Re-Imagined initiative is a project to revive and re-imagine depictions and the legacy of Mbuya Nehanda in their plurality and diversity, bringing her to a contemporary setting. There has been much discussion on social media in reaction to the current construction of a monument dedicated to Mbuya Nehanda in Harare, with particular controversy around the sculpture done by artist Mutasa. Zimbabweans from across the spectrum expressed views and sentiments which illustrated how differently the iconic historical figure is viewed, showing a possible need for diverse and collective artistic expressions that pay tribute to Mbuya Nehanda.

Deadline: August 31
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The Republic: Head above Water’: The Life and Legacy of Buchi Emecheta

Buchi Emecheta
Buchi Emecheta

We are currently accepting submissions for our November 2021-January 2022 print issue, in which authors will critically discuss ‘Head above Water’: The Life and Legacy of Buchi Emecheta. Buchi Emecheta was one of the most important writers of her generation and is best known for writing about the experiences of African women in Nigeria and the UK. In publishing this issue, we aim to uncover new stories about her life, and to share Emecheta’s work with a new global audience. We welcome submissions that will expound underreported aspects of Emecheta’s life, offer new perspectives, feature original interviews, and will move the conversation on Emecheta.

Deadline: September 12
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Soma Nami Books calls out for books

Swahili for ‘Read with Me’, SOMA NAMI BOOKS is an invitation into an intentionally curated space, that provides book enthusiasts of all ages and interests with a diverse and tailored selection of books and merchandise to feed their inspirationDetails: on poster
Deadline: Not indicated

Princeton University Book Proposal Development Grants

We recognize that there are myriad opportunities to support authors in the earliest stages of a book’s development, specifically the ideas-to-proposal stage. In support of our unequivocal commitment to equitable and inclusive publishing, we want to ensure this early stage support is available to the greatest diversity of prospective authors. With Supporting Diverse Voices grants, we offer historically excluded and underrepresented scholars around the globe the opportunity to develop a book proposal in group or one-on-one settings with one of our partnering book coaches, each with her own approach to the collaborative development process.

Deadline: August 30
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Prizes

Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize

Graywolf Press publishes about 30 books annually, mostly poetry, memoirs, essays, novels, translations, and short stories. Our editors are looking for high quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that combine a distinct voice with a distinct vision. Our editors seek out and solicit promising work from authors that they encounter in the pages of magazines, at writing conferences, and in other venues. We are currently accepting submissions for our third African Fiction Prize.

Deadline: August 31
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Morland African Writing Scholarships 2021

The Miles Morland Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2021 Morland Writing Scholarships for African writers will open for entries on Thursday 1st July. The deadline for submissions is Saturday 18th September. For all information on how to apply, please see the page marked ‘Entry Requirements and FAQs’ on our website.

Last year we received just under one thousand entries for four Scholarships, the largest number ever. The standard of applications was impressively high and we were blown away by the number and variety of proposals we received. We look forward to more of the same this year. We’ll be announcing our new winners in November.

Deadline: September 15
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Walter Rodney Writing Prize 2022

Pluto Press is proud to partner with the Walter Rodney Foundation (WRF) and the Pluto Educational Trust (PET) to launch the annual non-fiction Walter Rodney Writing Prize for women and non-binary first-time authors who have citizenship of an African or Caribbean country.

The prize will celebrate the extraordinary life and work of Guyanese writer and political activist Walter Rodney, while reflecting and advancing the impact of Rodney’s thinking on scholars and organisers.

The prize judges: Poet, reggae icon and activist Linton Kwesi Johnson, activist and historian Stella Dadzie and feminist and academic Dzodzi Tsikata.

Deadline: August 23
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The Pawa African Prize for Poetry

The Pawa African Prize for Poetry is for poetry collections published by individual authors between 2018 to 2021 in Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili and Portuguese. Pawa is the Pan African Writers Association. Entries which are open to African Writers at home and in the diaspora must be in digital form and should be sent by email to [email protected]. Entries will be judged by individual Judges in each category of Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili and Portuguese. Prizes of $2,000 per category will be awarded at a date to be announced.

Deadline: October 31 2021.

The Black Ballad X Influx First Novel Award

The Black Ballad X Influx First Novel Award will be an annual prize for the best debut by a Black British woman, with submissions opening on 8th September and closing on 20th October.One winner will receive £1,500 and their novel will be published by Influx in autumn 2022. The runner up will receive a free, detailed manuscript assessment from Sanya Semakula and Kit Caless from Influx Press. Judges will be author Natasha Brown (pictured), head of editorial at Black Ballad Jendella Benson, and Semakula, acquiring editor at Influx Press. A shortlist will be drawn up by mid-December, with the winner announced in January 2022.

Deadline: December 31
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The Moth Poetry Prize

Entries are now open for The Moth Poetry Prize, with a chance to win up to €6,000 with a single poem! This year’s judge is Warsan Shire.

Deadline: December 31
Details: On poster.

Literary magazines/journals

A Gathering Together

A Gathering Together is a journal that resists the easy and often unsophisticated attempt to say profound things in the moment, without deep contemplation, or in the heat of discursive battle. Building upon John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie’s words, we seek to build a place that cultivates and discusses improvised acts of taking ourselves from here to there. We publish works that simultaneously transcend and address the moment they speak from, works that will last beyond the creator’s last breath and still be relevant, and/or works that put the writer and reader in conversation with the intellectual thought of Ancestors of all kinds. In the end, we offer a gathering of works that endure and elevate us to a space of inquiry and move us toward resolution of not only the challenges that mark our lives but also those that can no longer be our realities.

Deadline: September 1
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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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Dgëku Magazine

Dgëku is a magazine of writing & arts founded to celebrate and amplify creative works by queer Africans and the diaspora. We are looking for submissions that explore the full range of human experiences and tastes, pieces that are aware of their own mechanics and yet bold enough to break away from form.

We are as interested in writing that interrogates the State (society) as we are in creative attempts investigating the Self— its various modalities of presenting and being in the world. Our publication interest includes poetry, personal essays, fiction, literary/cultural criticisms, multimedia arts & photography.

Deadline: Not indicated
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Doek Literary Magazine

Namibian writers, poets, and visual artists—wherever you are—send us your short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for consideration for our July 2021 issue.Contributors are remunerated.

Deadline: October 1
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Isele Magazine

Isele Magazine is seeking submissions of essays, fiction, poetry, interviews, and book reviews. We do not accept multiple submissions, but we do consider simultaneous submissions. Please let us know when your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere. Please do not submit previously published works (by this, we mean any piece that has appeared on the web or in print, including your personal blog). However, we will consider a translated version of the work if the original language wasn’t in English.

Deadline: Not indicated
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Iskanchi Magazine

Submissions are open for Iskanchi Magazine’s Fall 2021 Issue, guest edited by TJ Benson through September 5th, send us your weird/irreverent/undefinable works. Submit directly to [email protected]. We pay $20 for accepted pieces.

Deadline: September 5th

Lolwe

Lolwe

Lolwe is accepting submissions for Issue 4 throughout the month of August. The issue will be guest-edited by Nsah Mala, Harriet Anena and Loic Ekinga.We are looking for work that is bold, different, and blurs or pushes boundaries: play with form and language, ignore genre classifications, send in your fears and joys, your doubts and faiths, your curiosities and silences.

Deadline: August 31
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Others

Writing and Translation Workshop: Creating a Multilingual Anthology of Stories in Kenyan languages

This is a Call for participation in a creative writing and literary translation workshop to be held in Nairobi, Kenya. We welcome those writing original stories in any of the languages spoken in Kenya, or those translating works from English and Kiswahili by Kenyan writers into other Kenyan languages. For the latter, preference is given to those translating their own works, but we will accept those translating other writers’ works provided they seek translation rights from copyright holders.

Deadline: August 31/
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Mo Issa Writing Workshops

Apply for the 2021 Mo Issa Writing Workshops. The 5-week workshop series is free and will be virtual for all selected participants. Ghanaian writers are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: August 8
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International Writers’ Workshop at Hong Kong Baptist University

The International Writers’ Workshop (IWW) at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) invites applications for a 4-week residency programme in spring 2022. This writers-in-residence programme includes airfare, lodging, and a per diem.

Deadline: August 31
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Qazini Writing Competition

Qazini is on a mission to drive systemic change in our societies through content that transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities. We are excited to announce the birth of what will be an annual writers’ competition, So You Think You Can Write? Featuring different themes/topics every year, the competition will challenge writers to ferry us into their imagination, where we hope to be exposed to the endless possibilities within our collective reach, as human beings.

Deadline: September 3
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Africa No Filter’s funding categories are open for applications!

Africa No Filter (ANF) is a donor collaborative that supports the development of nuanced and contemporary stories that shift stereotypical and harmful narratives within and about Africa. They are currently handing out grants for different categories including

Deadline: Various
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Statement Films and Topic Partner seek projects from African and diaspora female voices

Statement Films, a women-led media startup that develops, produces and finances programming written, directed and created by African and diaspora women, has partnered with Topic, a globally-minded, impact-driven streaming service in the US and Canada, with the shared goal of producing content that uplifts POVs and stories that we believe need to be heard. They now accepting pitches for thrillers, sci-fi, suspense, mystery and crime stories from African and diaspora women. Both episodic series and films will be considered.

Deadline: August 16
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Estudio Tlalli BIPOC Women Writers grant

Estudio Tlalli recognizes what a powerful agent of change BIPOC futurisms can be. As we the collective struggle to move past white hegemony continues, so do our efforts to preserve our cultures and fortify communities where our lives can be anchored in land and ancestral practices. We are ultimately seeking harmony with one another and the universe we inhabit. The culture of power that looms over us does not sit idly by as we work toward liberation, the autocratic gaze never moves away from our efforts and we are met with oppressive attacks again and again.

Deadline: October 1
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LOATAD Women Reading Women (WRW) Project

The Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD) is calling on women African Literature enthusiasts from the African continent to submit a five (5) minute audio recording of themselves reading an extract from their favourite book by an African woman writer from their country. The submissions will form part of LOATAD’s new oral archive, which is dedicated to spotlighting African women stories on the continent.

Details: https://bit.ly/loatadwrw
Deadline: Not indicated.

Frankfurt Rights

Frankfurt Rights, a new platform for international rights and license trade from Frankfurter Buchmesse, is seeking African Publishers to sign up.

Deadline: Not specified.
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