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

The Grand Prix Panafricain de Littérature

The Grand Prix Panafricain de Littérature, the most ambitious pan African literary prize yet, is open to all African writers wherever they are who write in French and English.

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Deadline: Not indicated.

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 It aims at giving African writers, especially the unpublished a platform on which to show case their work.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

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 Award Criteria: The prize will be awarded to the best unpublished manuscript or book published within two years of the award year across the categories of fiction, poetry and memoir, and graphic novels.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.

Omenana – Special Call for Francophone Stories

Omenana Magazine is open for submissions from Francophone African authors and authors from the French-speaking African diaspora for its next edition.

In addition to its regular stories in English, Omenana will publish three stories in French, edited by Mr. Mame Bougouma Diene and Mrs. Woppa Diallo.

Deadline: May 30, 2021
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Huza Press and Goethe-Institut Kigali Writing Residency

In a new collaboration between Huza Press and the Goethe-Institut Kigali, the two have announced a four-week writers’ residency in Kigali (Rwanda) in September 2021. The purpose of this residency is to support writers as they complete or make significant advances with a work-in-progress novel manuscript. The collaborators state on the new initiative say, “We are particularly passionate about literature as a space for opening up conversations about gender, its modes of construction, histories, representation and relationality to power: the theme of this residency is therefore writing gender.”

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Deadline: May 16, 2021

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.

Details: https://bit.ly/loatadwrw
Deadline: Not indicated.

Disabilities in Africa Anthology of Writing

What does it mean to be a disabled person in Africa today? How do people in Africa living with a range of physical and psychological disabilities experience and express their unique sense of embodiment? The Disability and Inclusion Africa Project invites creative submissions for an anthology of original voices around the theme “Alternative Explanations / Alternative Representations of Disability in Africa”.

Submissions should be sent to Prof Kobus Moolman at [email protected] For more information or queries contact Prof Moolman at [email protected] or Dr Charlotte Baker at [email protected].

Deadline: May 15, 2021
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The Nyabola Prize for Science Fiction 2021

The Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize has today announced a special award for 2021 for youth writing science fiction and speculative fiction in Kiswahili, for writers aged between 18 and 35. In partnership with writer and political analyst, Nanjala Nyabola, the award is designed to promote and popularise a Kiswahili vocabulary for technology and digital rights, in order to empower citizens in Kiswahili-speaking communities to participate in broader conversations on the issues.

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Deadline: May 31

African Writers Awards 2021

Writers Space Africa (WSA), in collaboration with the African Writers’ Development Trust (AWDT), has announced a call for the 2021 African Writers Awards. In its third year, the literary award annually celebrates writers in the category of poetry, creative non-fiction, and drama. The 2021 edition is themed “The Future of Africa.” Winners in each of the 3 genres will individually receive $100 and a certificate.

Deadline: May 31
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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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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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Collins Elesiro Literary Prize

Itanile Magazine is delighted to announce that the June 2021 Collins Elesiro Literary Prize is open for submissions. The prize welcomes submissions from writers of African descent, without the restriction of place, age, gender, background, theme or form. “Creativity is merely a plus name for regular activity,” John Updike once said. “Any activity becomes creative when the doer cares about doing it right, or better.” We are actively searching for writers who care about doing it right or better. Entrants may submit one previously unpublished poem, fiction or nonfiction of up to 3000 words.

Deadline: May 31, 2021
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ALCS EWA Award

The UK’s sole award for creative educational writing, the ALCS EWA is worth £2,000 to the winner and is given annually, with the intended age groups of the works under consideration rotated each year. This year’s prize will be awarded to the best creative non-fiction work for 5- to 11-year olds, first published in the UK in the English language in 2019 or 2020.

Deadline: June 10, 2021
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Afro literary Magazine

We accept all forms of prose, poetry, and art. Simultaneous submissions and previously published work are allowed. We encourage submissions from all ages!The theme of Issue II is healing. Send us your peeling bandaids, ugly scabs, blood-stained gauze, jagged, secret scars, and the magical healing water from the tears of strange beasts. We’re looking for insightful, distinctive work. Surprise us.

Deadline: Not indicated
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Sisi Afrika callout

Sisi is a multidisciplinary online magazine for in-depth stories and inspiring features of meaningful advances in art, science, technology, economy and politics in Africa.

Sisi Afrika accepts writing from diverse creative voices, recognized and emerging writers, and a variety of forms and genres, from the traditional to the experimental. Sisi Afrika does not discriminate on the basis of race, origin, gender, or disability, but has a bias for centering African voices.

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Deadline: Not specified

Write Unite “Visions of the Future” Callout

WriteUnite is an organization that endevours to ensure that young people can share their own visions of the world. They have made a callout for their newest book to be titled Visions of the Future. Here is information on the callout

We all think about the future we hope to live in, from global affairs to individual concerns. We want to know what young people think our world will, or should, look like. No issue is too small or too big – there is no right and no wrong. We just ask that submissions are created from the heart and reflect true feelings. How to Get Involved Every young person is welcome. We are not a writing competition and we’re not a place to be the best or the loudest – we’re a place where everybody counts and every submission received will be included. We have tried to make the submission process as easy as possible.

Deadline: June 1.
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