In our continuing monthly series, we share opportunities for those who wish to submit work be it poetry, prose, or other related arts in March 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 Award Criteria: The prize will be awarded to the best unpublished manuscript or book published within two years of the award year across the categories of fiction, poetry and memoir, and graphic novels.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 It aims at giving African writers, especially the unpublished a platform on which to show case their work.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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Narrative Landscape

The submissions window for Nigerian publisher Narrative Landscapes’ is now open. Send your manuscripts to us at: [email protected] between now and 31st March 2021.

Details: On Instagram post attached
Deadline: March 31, 2021

Nalubaale Review: Ancestors

The Nalubaale Review is a literary magazine based in Uganda. It aims “to publish the finest emerging writers in Uganda and Africa”. We are looking for short stories, poems, dialogues, articles and papers about the theme of “Ancestors/Ancestry”. We want to hear your experiences, cultures, histories in this one of a kind issue. The stories and pieces must be submitters’ own, original and unpublished work. Submissions should be sent to [email protected]
Deadline: 30th March 2021
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Quramo Writers’ Prize 2021

Created in 2017 as an avenue for fresh writers to showcase their manuscripts to the global literary community, and contribute their works to the canonisation of Africa literature, the Quramo Writers’ Prize celebrates unpublished writers who are working every day to hone their craft and record our continent’s original stories. The prize aims to encourage and stimulate a new community of talented writers, providing an opportunity for otherwise unexposed talent to achieve publishing recognition and encouragement.

Currently in its fifth year, the prize which was first won by Samuel Monye for Give Us Each Day, has gone on to produce amazing writers with equally brilliant debut novels across the continent.

For Quramo Writers’ Prize 2021, we are inviting unpublished African writers to submit an original manuscript in fiction prose, with a minimum word count of 30,000. An ‘African’ writer is taken to mean someone who is a citizen of an African country, or who has a parent who is African by birth or nationality, living anywhere in the world. The Prize is awarded to an original fiction prose manuscript by an unpublished African writer. ‘Unpublished is taken to mean the writer has never traditionally, digitally or self-published his writing in book format before. Each entry must be an original, unpublished work of fiction.

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Deadline: April 30, 2021

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. Submission window opens from March 1st to 20th, 2021. Issue 32 would be guest-edited in the non-fiction category by African short story writer, Orji Victor Ebubechukwu.

Deadline: March 20.
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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.

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.

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: Not 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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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 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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