Callouts

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

Literary magazines/journals/Anthologies

Columbia Journal

Columbia Journal

Columbia Journal seeks submissions of poetry, nonfiction, fiction, art, and translation, for both print and online. They are in search of innovative, outward-looking voices, stories that break boundaries and language that lingers.

Deadline: August 1
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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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Arablit Quarterly

The Arablit Quarterly is looking for writing in or about, in anticipation or in the wake of WEDDINGS, however that may be interpreted. These could be weddings in the literal and traditional sense, with all the bells and whistles (or tablas and zaghroutas), or celebrations of unions of any other kind­­.

Deadline: July 11
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Pepper Coast Lit

Pepper Coast Lit is a literary magazine from the coast of Liberia that seeks to give attention to brave voices. The second edition, guest edited by South African Sihle Ntuli and Congolese writer Loic Ekinga, seeks submissions for both poetry and fiction.

Deadline: August 1
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Ta Adesa

Ta Adesa a small female-founded literary magazine aimed to support the expansion of Ghana’s literary space. They are excited to receive your best works in poetry and fiction.

Deadline: July 31
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Seize The Press Magazine

Seize The Press Magazine is looking to publish dark, transgressive speculative fiction. Bleak sci-fi, dark fantasy and horror only. We’re looking for stories that aren’t didactic or moralistic. We want stories where everything isn’t wrapped up neatly at the end. We want to promote a diverse range of voices from authors who write messy characters, so give us your problematic queers and your angry women—we want your difficult and morally questionable characters in unpleasant situations who don’t slide neatly into a narrow definition of positive representation and don’t fit the model minority mould.

Deadline: Not indicated
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Hayden’s Ferry Review

Hayden’s Ferry Review is the international literary journal out of Arizona State University.

Deadline: July 15
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Shiwaki

Shiwaki is short for Shirika La Waandishi Wa Lugha Ya Kiswahili which in English is the federation of writers in Kiswahili. If you wish to submit your writing in Kiswahili, here is your chance.

Deadline: Not indicated
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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

Ouida Books

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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Prizes

Chakwera Prize for Public Speech

Chakwera Prize for Public Speech

The Chakwera Prize for Public Speech is an annual competition that invites citizens from the 16 SADC Member States to present recorded audios, articulating their innovative ideas to reinforce Pan-African unity.

Deadline: July 27
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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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Qazini Writing 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

African writers on the continent and in the diaspora are invited to submit their short stories between 2000 and 5000 words 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

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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eKitabu Digital Essay Competition 2022

It’s time for the tenth annual Digital Essay Competition (DEC) in Kenya! eKitabu invites all upper primary and secondary school students in Kenya to submit their essays online at essay.eKitabu.com for the following categories: English, Kiswahili, Art, Kenyan Sign Language, braille, French, German and Arabic. The DEC 2022 question is:
Who is your real life hero, and why?
Ni nani shujaa wako halisi wa maisha, na kwa nini?
Quel est ton héros dans la vraie vie, et pourquoi?
Wer ist dein Held im wirklichen Leben und warum?

Deadline: July 21
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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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Professor Andrew Nok Poetry Prize and the Hamza El-Rufai Short Story Prize 2022.

Yasmin El-Rufai Foundation is now accepting submissions for the 2022 edition of the Prof Andrew Nok poetry Prize and Hamza El-Rufai Short Story Prize. It is a prize for writers aged 12-17. Judging the prize are Star Okpeh, Katung Kwasu, Ibrahim Bala Kanti, and Gloria Mwaniga Minage.

Deadline: July 22
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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

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

Johannesburg Institute for Advance Studies Writing Fellowship 2023

Johannesburg Institute for Advance Studies Writing Fellowship 2023

The Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) invites applications for its Eight Writing Semester, which will run from 1 February to 31 May 2023.  Fellowships are open to any field of expertise, including novelists writing in indigenous languages. Previous fellows have included academics, novelists, scientists, poets, playwrights, independent researchers and journalists.

Deadline: August 1
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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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African Writers Trust Manuscript Assessment Program

African Writers Trust is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the fourth edition of the Manuscript Assessment Programme (MAP). The program offers a quality assessment of book manuscripts by highly experienced editors and readers. The goal of MAP is to enable writers to produce quality manuscripts of high publishable standards. An online writing workshop, headlined by Nigerian-German writer, Olumide Popoola will be an additional feature.

Deadline: July 31
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Madeleine Milburn (MM) Mentorship program

The 2022 MM Mentorship is now open! Six talented writers from underrepresented backgrounds will receive industry insights, editorial guidance and guaranteed representation. Open to applicants worldwide.

Deadline: July 31
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