Callouts Fiction Nonfiction Poetry

Opportunities for writers, poets and publishers for July 2021.

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

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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Kenyon Review

The Kenyon Review is calling out for applications for their Developmental Editing Fellowship for Emerging Writers which is designed to nurture and develop new voices in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

Deadline: July 15
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A Long House makes callout for new journal Origins.

There is a new callout for submissions to Origins, the first issue of A Long House journal! This inaugural issue will seek out to explore the question « what happens when a colonized person is placed at the centre of an epic? »; with epic being used to loosely suggest “framework of meaning”. This question presupposes that the colonized person has never existed in his or her own epic, or made an account of this, and makes clear to us that the questions that matter more in this moment require an expansiveness that leads us towards a reckoning with the age of our enlightenment as a people.

Deadline: August 5
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Shallow Tales Review

The Shallow Tales Review, Nigerian-based literary magazine, opens its window for submissions for its 32nd issue in March. The magazine was founded in 2019 by Nigerian essayist and critic, Nzube Nlebedim. In The Shallow Tales Review, we accept fiction, opinion articles, commentaries, book reviews, poems, one-act plays, cultural essays, art photographs, and random thoughts that touch on the sensibilities of the African. We expect African-centred pieces with great fluidity and little regard for genre restrictions. We accept works from people of all colours and race as long as the pieces reflect the African condition.

Deadline: July 20
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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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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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Ibua Journal

Are you interested in writing your personal or family story? Is it a historical account you want to capture in a book? Join our nonfiction Lab and get equipped with the tools to construct your story from the ground up. The duration: 6 months

Deadline: August 1
Details: On Poster

Iskanchi Magazine’s Fall 2021 Issue

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.

African Writers Trust manuscript callout

Details: On poster
Deadline: July 31

United Nations SDGs Book Club African Chapter Call for submission.

The United Nations SDGs Book Club African Chapter is inviting African authors to submit children’s fiction & non-fiction books relating to SDG 4: Quality Education in English, French, Arabic and Kiswahili that help educate children about the SDGs.

Deadline: July 14
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Wasafiri Writer-in-Residence: Call for Applications

Wasafiri, the UK’s leading magazine of international contemporary writing, invites proposals from writers in all genres (including poets, playwrights, fiction writers, memoirists and essayists) in application for our 2021/2022 Writer-in-Residence.

Deadline: July 31
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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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Johannesburg Institute of Advance Studies callout

From the beginning of February to the end of May every year, the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study hosts a group of exceptional creative writers and scholars from different disciplines as Writing Fellows. Each Writing Fellow focuses on her/his individual project while benefiting from interacting with other Writing Fellows and from the community of scholars and writers from the universities in Johannesburg and Gauteng in general.

Deadline: July 16
Details: On poster.

Submissions for fantasy stories sought

Thread below, but in short: we want FANTASY short fiction, original or reprint, under 6,000 words. We pay @SFWApro-rates on originals and $100* for reprints!

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Deadline: July 31

Accord Literary submission callout

Submissions for novels written for young readers aged between 8 and 16 years old are sought by Accord literary.

Deadline: July 15
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Jalada Africa Trust calls out Pan-African Screen and Theatre Writers

Jalada Africa Trust is pleased to partner with the Edinburgh International Film Festival (EIFF) for its ‘Story Circle’ survey of Africa’s creative economy, with a view to getting data on industry prevalence and skill sets, as well as the efficacy of training workshops, and more. This data will help shape subsequent programming in Arts and Culture.

‘Story Circle’ is part of a research project funded by the British Council under which the Edinburgh International Film Festival has been exploring potential pathways and collaborations between Scotland, East Africa and the wider Pan African field. Within the context of script writing for screen and theatre, we would like to know more about any current skills gaps and needs of those working in this field. Any information would be greatly appreciated and will help us understand the needs of emerging Pan African talent.

Deadline: Not indicated
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Sewanee Review Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry contest

The fourth annual Sewanee Review Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry contest will be open for submissions on July 1, 2021.Submit a short story or creative nonfiction essay of up to 10,000 words, or a selection of 1-6 poems.

This year’s judges are Brandon Taylor in fiction, Stephanie Danler in nonfiction, and Paisley Rekdal in poetry.

Additional information and submission guidelines are available on submittable.

Deadline: July 31
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To Speak England in Different Languages

This unique literary prize is for anyone who lives in England and lives between languages. Language is unique in that it offers us a way of holding more than one identity, one credo, one country at the same time.

In the year of Brexit, “To Speak England in Different Languages” celebrates the linguistic and cultural mixes and multiplicities that inhabit this country by inviting those who speak more than one language to make creative use of each language, and of the movements between them.

Deadline: July 21
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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.

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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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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By James Murua

This blog is run by James Murua a Nairobi, Kenya based lover of books.

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