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

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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Somali Creative Writing training

We are accepting applications for the Somali Creative Writing training ”Qoraal Curinta Tolmoon” 2021 taking place next month as part of Hargeysa Int’l Book Fair 2021. See flyer for details.

Deadline: June 30
Details: on poster

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.

We’re excited to announce 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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IPA Prix Voltaire 2021 callout

The Geneva-based International Publishers Association (IPA) today launches its call for nominations for the IPA Prix Voltaire 2021 for exemplary courage in upholding the Freedom to Publish and enabling others to exercise their freedom of expression.

Freedom to publish is one of the founding principles of the IPA. Its protection and promotion is one of IPA’s key objectives. In many countries, publishers who provide authors with the means to disseminate their written ideas run the same risks as the writers themselves. Their work requires immense courage and a values-based, altruistic commitment. The Freedom to Publish is far from guaranteed around the world, with daily attempts by governments, extremists or private interests to intimidate, attack, imprison and even kill publishers.

Deadline: June 20
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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.

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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A Long House: Origins: Call for Submissions

Today, two words describe most of the discourse around Africa and the black diaspora: “racism” and “colonization.” But the idea of a black self outside of external definitions requires language that exists beyond the influences of these boundaries. What existed before racism? What exists despite racism? What existed before colonization? What exists despite colonization?

In thinking about these questions, the outline of an ethos emerged for this submission call. We wanted to (p)re-language odd, vexing questions and conversations about our origins.

Deadline: August 5
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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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Doek Literary Magazine

Namibian writers, poets, and visual artists—wherever you are—send us your short fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and visual art for consideration for our July 2021 issue.

Contributors are remunerated.

Closing date: June 18
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AfroAnthology Series: Call for Submissions

Following the success of its first two installments, the AfroAnthology Series is inviting African writers to participate in, and contribute to, their third collection of creative nonfiction in partnership with Literandra.

Deadline: August 30
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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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