In our continuing series, we share opportunities for those who wish to submit work be it poetry, prose, or other related arts in January 2023. 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

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.

Pepper Coast Lit

Pepper Coast Lit is a literary magazine from the coast of Liberia that seeks to give attention to brave voices. The newest edition, guest edited by Jakky Bankong-Obi and Akpa Arinzechukwu, seeks submissions for both poetry and fiction.

Deadline: April 1
Information: Click here.

The Shallow Tales Review

The Shallow Tales Review is an electronic literary magazine publishing African and Black Literature. It publishes three times a year. It is presently accepting short fiction, poetry, one-act plays, poetry, art photographs, translations, reviews and cultural essays for its 40th edition.

Deadline: January 20
Details: Click here.

The Arablit Quarterly

The Arablit Quarterly are looking for writing in or about, in anticipation or in the wake of THE RAIN, however that may be interpreted. These could be rain in the literal and traditional sense, as in water coming down out of the clouds, or figurative rainshowers of ­any kind.

Deadline: January 31
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.

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
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.

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
Details: Click here.

Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards 2023

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
Details: Click here.

Nigerian Pidgin English writing competition in 2023

Genti Media is an Africa-focused audio media platform showcasing audio stories, dramas, and messages from and for the continent in regional and indigenous African languages. In August, we launched our mobile app -Genti Audio on both the Google Play and Apple App Stores with over 4,000 hours of content in 13 languages (English, Nigerian Pidgin, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulfulde, and many more).

Deadline: February 10
Details: Click here.

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

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 Diaspora.

Deadline: April 1, 2023
Details: Click here.