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

Frankfurt Rights

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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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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Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature

The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature was founded by Dr Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Dr Lizzy Attree in 2014. The prize has the express goal of recognizing writing in African languages and encouraging translation from, between and into African languages. After suspending the Prize due to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, submissions sent during 2020 will be considered for the 2021 Prize. Award Criteria: The prize will be awarded to the best unpublished manuscript or book published within two years of the award year across the categories of fiction, poetry and memoir, and graphic novels.

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Deadline: May 31, 2021.

Kendeka Prize for African Literature

The Kendeka Prize for African Literature started accepting entries from 1st February 2021 for its 2021 edition. The new prize is an initiative of Andrew Maina, a Kenyan writer, through Solano Publications Ltd. It aims at giving African writers, especially the unpublished a platform on which to showcase their work. Through this platform, more people will have access to their work which will, in turn, inspire more writing. The competition is administered by Solano Publications Ltd and entry is free.

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Deadline: May 31, 2021

Toyin Falola Prize

The Toyin Fálọlá Prize is a prize from Nigerian-based Lunaris aimed at honouring distinguished African scholar and foremost historian, Professor Toyin Fálọlá, whose contributions to the field of African history and culture have continued to place Africa on the map and accord it its deserved recognition. The prize is meant to honour his endeavors and contributions to the advancement of African cultures, peoples, myths, and histories. The Toyin Falola Prize is to be judged this year by Nerine Dorman and Dr. Akwasi Aidoo.

Deadline: May 15, 2021
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Masobe Books

From the Masobe Books website: Thank you for your interest in getting published by Masobe Books. We love African stories that deal with any one or more of the plethora of themes that engulf us; stories that resonate, written simply; stories from this side of the world with a universal appeal; something new, something exciting, stories that make your heart race and your hands shake; books that you want to press into the hands of all your friends immediately and stand over them until they’ve finished so you can discuss it together. If you think you have what it takes to be a Masobe Author, send us a mail during our submissions window.

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Deadline: March 31, 2021.



Lolwe is accepting submissions for Issue 3 throughout the month of February (1-28 February 2021). The issue will be guest-edited by Elfreda Tetteh, Akhim Alexis and Stephanie Wanga. 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: February 28, 2021.
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20.35 Africa

20.35 Africa is committed to freshly contributing to contemporary African poetry. We welcome quarterly submissions to our Anthology series and nominations to our New Poets series are considered on a rolling basis. Submissions to the Anthology series is currently OPEN; we will be accepting entries until March 16.

Deadline: March 16.
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Kenya Poetry Project

We’re pleased to announce a call for submissions for Kenya Poetry Project. The anthology will be edited by Wafula P’Khisa, Michael Mwangi, Patrick Ngugi and Lewis Wamwanda and published by The Writers Pen.

Details: On poster.
Deadline: March 17, 2021.


AFREADA is a literary magazine, featuring original short stories from established and emerging writers across Africa and its diaspora. A fusion of the two words ‘Africa’ and ‘Reader’, we live for the well-crafted narratives and effortless reads that speak to our daily realities as Africans at home and abroad.

Deadline: February 28, 2021
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Muwando’s #OurParentsStories

Muwado is therefore happy to launch a challenge where we tell #OurParentsStories. It’s an opportunity to get to know them beyond the, I used to walk to school every day and it was uphill both ways, stories they gave as pep talks.

Deadline: No specified
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Agbowó is a literary journal, that seeks entries for their sixth edition with the theme “Chaos.” The process of “civilization” is a continuous negotiation of what it means to impose order on a world given to entropic tendencies. The traffic warden, the queue, the systematization of knowledge, and institutions built to administer justice are all cogs in humanity’s “anti-chaos” machine. Greek and Hebrew cosmogonies equally hold this perspective – the creation event was civilizing; from an initial chaos and formlessness, order is fashioned. In a sense, don’t all literary and artistic production follow a similar format? The poet looks at a disorderly morning in a busy bus park (or his life, shattering in different directions) and cages that chaos in a single line. For the 2021 issue of Agbowó, we are accepting submissions on the theme – Chaos.

Deadline:  April 30, 2021.
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BBC National Short Story Award 2021

This year’s BBC National Short Story Award with Cambridge University (NSSA) is now open for submissions, with novelist and former Radio 4 Commissioning Editor for Arts James Runcie chairing the judging panel. Runcie will be joined by a group of acclaimed writers and critics: Booker Prize shortlisted novelist Fiona Mozley; award-winning writer, poet, and winner of the Desmond Elliott Prize, Derek Owusu; multi-award-winning Irish novelist and short story writer, Donal Ryan; and returning judge, Di Speirs, Books Editor at BBC Radio.

Deadline: March 15, 2021.
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Tea House

Tea House is a new literary magazine founded by writer and editor Alain Jules Hirwa. It launched in September 2020 with the mission of showcasing the finest literary work from Rwanda.

Deadline: Not specified.
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2021 Adventurous Writing and Social Media Fellowship

Adventures From The Bedrooms of African Women is pleased to announce that applications will open on January 20, 2021 for the 2021 Adventurous Writing and Social Media Fellowship Program. The aim of these fellowships is to seek out, support and amplify feminist content creators and their own singular vision. Two Writing Fellowships and one Social Media fellowship will be awarded. Each fellowship track will take place over a period of five months

Deadline: February 20, 2021
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The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize 2021

The Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize is an international prize that supports and celebrates the best adventure writing today. The Prize is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English. Awards are presented in three categories: Best Published Novel, Best Unpublished Manuscript, and Author of Tomorrow.

Deadline: March 7, 2021
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The Fish Flash Fiction Prize

The Fish Flash Fiction Prize is an opportunity to attempt one of the most interesting and rewarding tasks – to create, in a tiny fragment, a completely resolved and compelling story in 300 words or less. Kathy Fish, author and professor of creative writing, is the judge for 2021. Kathy will be selecting the 10 flash stories to be published in the Fish Anthology 2021. There is no restriction on theme or style. –


1st prize: €1,000

2nd prize: €300

3rd prize: online writing course with Fish Ten stories will be published in the Fish Anthology 2021.

Deadline: February 28, 2021
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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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