Callouts

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

Literary magazines/journals/Anthologies

Lolwe

Lolwe

Lolwe is an online literary magazine that publishes fiction, literary criticism, personal essays, photography, and poetry. Founded in January 2020 by Troy Onyango, the magazine has a Pan-African focus with the area of interest being Africa, the Caribbean, and the Black diaspora. Lolwe aims to publish more work by Black writers as this is a way to ensure greater visibility for stories by Black people and to give a platform and space for the “Black imagination.”

Lolwe Issue 6, which is open for submissions from August 1, will be guest edited by Tlotlo Tsamaase (Botswana), Frazier Michael (Japan), and Lucky Grace (Rwanda).

Deadline: August 31
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Moremi Review

Moremi Review

Founded on the values of equity, Moremi Review hopes to feature women-only voices both in the Nigerian literary sphere and beyond. They are named after Moremi Ajasoro, a legendary Yoruba queen.

Deadline: October 15
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Guernica

Guernica

Guernica publishes poetry, essays, reportage/journalism, criticism, and fiction, and we offer honoraria of $50 for poetry, $100 for original essays, and $150 for original fiction and for reportage/journalism.

Deadline: Not indicated
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Olúmọ Review

Olumo Review

Olúmọ Review seeks amazing poetry – poetry that is bold, poetry that would collide with rocks and grind them to powder, that sparks curiosity, that intrigues the intellect, that kicks in the teeth, that guts the heart, that says something genuine about the world as well as the individual.  We celebrate diversity and are open to diverse styles, forms, and kinds of poetry, about any and all subjects.

Deadline: September 30
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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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Publishers

Iskanchi Press

Iskanchi Press

Iskanchi Press calls for book length manuscripts in any genre by writers of African descent. Women over the age of 50 are particularly encouraged to submit. Please submit only one manuscript at a time.

Deadline: October 30
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Botsotso

Botsotso callout

Since 1996, Botsotso has published 66 books: 20 editions of our Literary Journal, Anthologies, and over 40 individual collections of Poetry, Fiction and Drama. Botsotso is proud to announce that they will now also begin publishing Novels, Memoir, and full-length works of Nonfiction.

Deadline: October 30
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Ouida Books

Ouida Submissions

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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Osmosis Press

osmosis press

From August 1, Osmosis will be open for manuscript submissions! No guidelines for length, form, page size, or number of collaborators. They celebrate work that has previously faced difficulty in finding a home.

Deadline: September 30
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Prizes

Qazini Writing Competition

Qazini Competition

Featuring different themes/topics every year, Perspective Matters is a writing competition that invites us to look at the challenges we face in our society through a solution rather than a problem-focused lens. We ask writers of Kenyan descent to ferry us into their imagination, where we hope to be exposed to the endless possibilities within our collective reach, as human beings.

Deadline: August 8
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Hamwe Festival Short Stories Contest

Hamwe 2022

African writers on the continent and in the diaspora are invited to submit their short stories by September 25th, 2022. Stories should be between 2000 and 5000 words, and you can submit your story in English or French. The themes of this year’s prize are memory, heritage and mental health. The winners will be announced during Hamwe Festival in November 2022 and each of the winners will receive a $1000 cash prize.

Deadline: September 25
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Kikwetu Flash Fiction Contest

Kikwetu Flash Fiction Contest

In our continued quest to showcase new and established writers from East Africa and beyond, we are thrilled to launch our first writing contest as a special 8th issue to recognize exemplary work from a writer of African origin. Submit here. For our 8th issue, Kikwetu seeks 1200-word maximum flash fiction pieces from African writers on or off the continent. You may submit as many as two stories. The call-out is open-themed and we encourage you to send your best work.

Deadline: August 31
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Hafsat Abdulwaheed Women Short Story Prize 2022

Hafsat women prize

Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 2022 edition of the Hafsat Abdulwaheed Women Short Story Prize. It will be judged by Eugenia Abu, Maryam Aliko Mohammed, and Halima Aliyu.

Deadline: August 13
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Prix Collectif Parlons

Prix Collectif Parlons

The Collectif Parlons Poésie launches a call for texts from young poets in Senegal who have never been published at the expense of either author or editor. The aim of this call for texts is to encourage writing in Senegal, to generate new feathers and to enable them to have the opportunity of editorial support according to their potential. In addition, a prize will be awarded to the best collection of poems selected on the occasion.

Deadline: August 5.
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Prix Littéraire FETKANN Maryse condé 2022

The Prix littéraire Fetkann Maryse Condé rewards the works, collections, research works or essays which promote the work of memory of the countries of the global South and all that goes in the direction of the promotion of human dignity in general. It is a creation of the French organisation CIFORDOM.

Deadline: September 30
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Bocas Lit Fest Children’s Book Prize 2022

The annual BLF Children’s Book Prize is a prize that is given to one outstanding English-language children’s book for young independent readers, written by a Caribbean* author. This Prize seeks to recognise and celebrate excellent writing and intriguing storytelling that can capture young imaginations and help establish a lifelong love and habit of reading in our young Caribbean demographic.

Deadline: August 31
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Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2017

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the Arab world’s most prestigious literary prizes, is now open for submissions for its 17th edition. The Award – known as the Nobel prize of the Arab world – has a reputation for showcasing some of the most stimulating and ambitious works across a range of prize categories.

Deadline: October 1
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Scholarships

Morland African Writing Scholarships 2022

The Miles Morland Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2022 Morland Writing Scholarships for African writers will open for entries. Scholars writing fiction receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months. At the discretion of the foundation, Scholars writing non-fiction may receive a grant of up to £27,000, paid over a period of up to eighteen months. This is divided into twelve and given to the recipient and in return, they are required to hand in 10,000 words every month.

Deadline: September 19
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