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

Education (MFAs, Fellowships, residencies).

Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study JIAS Annual Writer’s Workshop

Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study JIAS Annual Writer's Workshop

The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) invites applications from emerging African creative writers for its Second Annual Writers’ Workshop.

From 1 August to 31 October 2023, JIAS will host a group of promising African creative writers. The workshop will be a writing-intensive, three-months program for early career writers who have a current work in progress that they would like to complete or polish. Each writer will focus on her/his/their individual work as well as read others’ work and provide feedback. Writers will greatly benefit from the supportive structure that a writers’ workshop creates.

The JIAS Writers’ Workshop is open to African writers who work in Fiction (long and short form), Creative Non-Fiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting and Poetry. Workshop participants will be mentored by accomplished, critically-acclaimed and award-winning writers. 

Deadline: February 1, 2023

Details: Click here.

Accord Literary workshop

Accord Literary workshop

Join us in Accra for a stimulating, information-rich, learning, growing, sharing, and enriching five-day retreat in Accra, Ghana.

Deadline: January 15, 2023
Details: Click here.

Literary magazines/journals/Anthologies

Mukana Press Short Story Anthology

Mukana Press callout

Mukana Press publishes full-length books (short story collections, memoirs, and novels). They do not publish self-help books, picture books, and previously self-published books. They welcome both YA and Adult novels. They are particularly intrigued by OWN voice stories, coming-of-age stories, protagonists wrestling with identity and belonging, stories with international settings, stories about immigration and emigration plus we love strong feminist protagonists.

Deadline: December 31, 2022
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Kohl Journal

Kohl Journal

Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research is calling for submissions for their June 2023 issue on “Queer Futures.” Here is their latest callout;

We consider queer futures to be both a practice, a method, and a way of doing/being that extend across disciplines and areas of life. In this issue, we invite contributions, in any form or content, that take one side: that of abolition and the building of another world. We ask: How to abolish capitalism without reforming capitalism? How to imagine queer futures without compromise or state-sanctioned pragmatism? What is accountability that doesn’t look like punishment? How to queer and bring home the conversation around world-making and world-building?

Deadline: December 15, 2022
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Globally Rooted

At Globally Rooted, we explore the variety of our interconnected world. Our purpose is to inspire curiosity and understanding of different people, cultures and places. Focusing on the physical world, place, cultural identity and travel, we look for stories, photos, poems and profiles that inspire curiosity and connections to different places around the world.  We are particularly interested in submissions that touch on lasting themes and offer a sense of the profound in which the subject stands for more than itself We accept stories from all people around the world with a keen interest in stories from women and other underrepresented voices and places.

Deadline: December 15, 2022
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Deep Vellum: The Best Literary Translations 2024 anthology

Deep Vellum

Deep Vellum is accepting nominations for the inaugural edition of an exciting new anthology initiative: The Best Literary Translations 2024. We are honoured to showcase literary translator’s work to make possible literary encounters from around the world for the English-language reader. This anthology will be an annual edition. The Best Literary Translations (BLT) has arisen out of a tangible public demand for inclusive and transparent cultural conversations. The past couple of years have brought an urgent emphasis on listening to underheard voices from cultures around the world, acknowledging who speaks and how, and naming the people who make our global literary conversations possible. BLT will offer the best of global literature in English-language translation, presenting an opportunity to expand the audience for world literature. It will deepen public knowledge and understanding of the translation process and give translators working today the recognition they deserve. This anthology will help redefine the canon of world literature and challenge the perception that only Anglophone literature matters in the cultural conversation.

Deadline: January 2, 2023
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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
Information: Click here.

FIYAH Literary Magazine

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 (for Jan ’23 and April ’23 editions)
Details: Click here.

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
Details: Click here.

Prizes

AKO Caine Prize Award for African Writing

AKO Caine Prize Award for African Writing

The AKO Caine Prize Award for African Writing is an annual literary award for a published short story by an African writer. In addition to the £10,000 prize, we invite five shortlisted writers to London for a series of events including public readings, interviews with media institutions, private event with agents, and an invitation to the 2023 award ceremony where the winner will be announced. The shortlisted stories will also be published in the 2023 AKO Caine Prize anthology.

Deadline: January 31, 2023
Details: Click here.

Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing Award

Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing Award

The Elizabeth Alexander Creative Writing Award celebrates an author whose work embodies the lyrically powerful and historically engaged nature of Dr. Alexander’s writing.

Deadline: December 31, 2022
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Adinkra Poetry Prize

Adinkra Poetry Prize

An entry is a prose piece of up to 1,000 words or up to three poems, translated into English. Each piece must be accompanied by a professional cover letter. That letter must include the name of a sponsoring faculty member from the translation studies program as well as confirmation that the translated author has given permission for the translation.

Deadline: January 22, 2023
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Awele Creative Trust Prize 2022

Awele Creative Trust Award

The Awele Creative Trust is a non-profit organisation created to provide an enabling environment and platform for creative young persons founded by Chika Unigwe. Its annual prize the Awele Creative Trust Award, valued at ₦50,000, rewards a short story of up to 5,000 words by a Nigerian writer aged between 16 and 26.

Deadline: December 31
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Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards 2023

Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards 2023 submissions

The Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards are open to Black writers in America and across the globe. Full-length books of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for adult audiences. We have added a distinct category for speculative fiction which can include young adult novels. Books must be published in the United States.

Deadline: January 21, 2023
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The University of Johannesburg (UJ) Prize for South African Writing

The University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Writing, also known as the UJ Prize, was established in 2006 for South African writers regardless of whether they have connection with the university or not. Previous winners include Mandla Langa, Jacob Dlamini, Rešoketšwe Manenzhe, Gabeba Baderoon, and Zakes Mda, among others. The UJ Prize is open to books published in English language and has two categories: the Main Prize and the Debut Prize.

It comes with a cash prize of R75 000 for the Main Prize, and R35 000 for the Debut Prize. Publishers must specify whether they are entering for the Main Prize or the Debut Prize.  

Deadline: January 31, 2023
Details: Send books by courier to

Ms Dikeledi Seranyane,
University of Johannesburg,
English Department,
B-Ring 713
Kingsway Road, Auckland Park
Johannesburg, South Africa
 Tel. 011-5592063

Afritondo Short Story Prize 2023

Afritondo Short Story Prize 2023

This Afritondo Short Story Prize is making a call for writers to respond to the theme of “aliens”: unfamiliar things, unfamiliar people, how they are received and lived with or rejected, how they change families, communities, societies. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1000. Four other shortlisted writers will get $100 each. The longlist will be published in an anthology. It will be judged by Doreen Baingana, Ayesha Harruna Attah, and Efemia Chela.

Deadline: December 16, 2022.
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Kalemba Prize

Kalemba Prize 2023

The Kalemba Prize celebrates contemporary Zambian short fiction. Established in 2017, the annual prize is awarded for the best unpublished short fiction by a Zambian writer. The 2023 short story Prize is open for submissions.

Deadline: December 10, 2022
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The Island Prize for Fiction.

The Island Prize

The Island Prize for Fiction, in its second year, seeks to recognize and provide support for emerging literary talents from Africa. It invites submissions of unpublished debut literary manuscripts from authors across the African continent.

Deadline: January 6, 2023
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The James Currey Prize for African Literature

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 or on Africans in Africa or in the Diaspora.

Deadline: April 1, 2023
Details: Click here.

Publishers

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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