Callouts

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

Literary magazines/journals/Anthologies

Doek

Doek Magazine

Namibian poets—wherever you are—we are open for your poetry submissions. Send us your work for consideration for our 8th issue. 

Deadline: June 14
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The Shallow Tales Review issue 38

Shallow Tales Review Issue 38

The Shallow Tales Review accepts fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews, poems, one-act plays, cultural and social essays, art photographs, and translations that touch on the sensibilities of the African. Literary criticisms must concern texts that are of modern and African temperament. For essays, we expect themes to be tackled logically and as clearly as possible. By “modern,” we refer to books published at most 10 years before.

Deadline: May 31
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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

Cotton Tree Press

Cotton Tree Press is named after a gigantic tree that holds a special place in the life and culture of several nations with tropical rainforests. Many villages and towns in Liberia, where we were established, were deliberately built near or around a cotton tree. Under the shade of this magnificent wonder of nature, meetings are held, palavers judged, and stories told.

The publishing house is seeking creative nonfiction, children’s books, short stories, novels, and poetry.

Deadline: June 30
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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

Safal-Cornell Kiswahili Prize

The Safal Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African literature was founded by Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Lizzy Attree in 2014 to promote writing in African languages and encourage translation from, between and into African languages.

Formerly the Mabati Cornell Prize, this year the prize name has changed to reflect the parent organization of their main sponsors – The Safal Group Limited. From this 7th Edition, the prize will bear the name, Safal-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature.

Submissions for the 2022 edition are open for those who write in Kiswahili in fiction (riwaya) and poetry (mashairi). Winners can win up to US$5,000.

Deadline: June 30
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Prix des Cinq continents 2022

Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie

Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie (English: Five Continents Prize of the Francophonie) was established by the International Organization of the Francophonie in 2001. It is aimed at highlighting literary talents reflecting the expression of cultural and editorial diversity in the French language on five continents and to promote them on the international scene.

Deadline: May 31
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Prix littéraire international Codjo Rodrigue Abel Assavèdo

Prix littéraire international Codjo Rodrigue Abel Assavèdo

An international literary competition encompassing four (04) categories of literary genres which are Novel, Poetry, Short story, and Theater in order to promote works that carry the survival of literature and which represent the keystone of the histories of African and American civilizations, European and any other over time.

Deadline: June 1
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Brooklyn Caribbean Short Story Prize

Brooklyn Caribbean Short Story Prize

The 2022 BCLF Short Fiction Story Contest will award US$1750 in cash for each of the two prizes for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (3000 words max). Submissions are open from May 1st, 12:01 am and close on July 1st, 2022 11:59 pm EST. The BCLF Elizabeth Nunez Caribbean-American Writer’s Prize will be judged by: Katia D. Ulysse (Haiti), Ifeona Fulani (Jamaica). The BCLF Elizabeth Nunez Award for Writers in the Caribbean will be judged by: Ayesha Gibson-Gill (Barbados) Tanya Savage-Batson (Jamaica)

Deadline: July 1
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The Aidoo-Snyder book prize

The Aidoo-Snyder book prize is awarded by the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association for an outstanding book that prioritizes African women’s experiences. Named in honor of Ama Ata Aidoo, the celebrated Ghanaian novelist and short-story writer, and Margaret Snyder the founding Director of UNIFEM, this $500 prize seeks to acknowledge the excellence of contemporary scholarship being produced by women about African women. In alternate years, the prize is awarded for the best scholarly book, or for the best creative work. ​ The 2022 Aidoo-Snyder scholarly book prize will be given for the best original creative work written by a woman (or women) that prioritizes African women’s experiences. To this end, the committee invites nominations from publishers or authors. Self-published books are not eligible, and entries may only be submitted for consideration once. The prize is open to authors who have published books in English and English translation in the two years preceding the award year. The books must significantly deal with Africa (including Cape Verde, and the Islands off the West Coast of Africa; Madagascar; and the Indian Ocean Islands of the East African Coast).

Deadline: July 1
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Africana Futurism Speculative Fiction

Pollicy.org have a new competition for you.

At Pollicy, we believe literature to be an important way through which our longings, desires and identities are shared and built. Exploring the ways Africans today view technology could therefore improve our understanding of how to build inclusive and empowering technology which would be beneficial to all. These stories will go a long way, to document the contributions of Africans to advancing technology for Africa. We welcome submissions of all kinds of fiction centring the relationship between Africans and technology in the past, present and future.

Deadline: May 13
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University of Essex International Short Story Prize 2022

University of Essex International Short Story Prize 2022

We are thrilled to announce the return of our internationally-renowned short story competition, organised in partnership with the Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies (LiFTS) at the University of Essex. As in 2021, the competition will feature a special Wild Writing category for nature, environmental or climate crisis fiction. ​ This year’s competition features a stellar line up of judges. The main prize will be judged by Caleb Azumah Nelson, winner of the Costa First Novel Award 2021 for Open Water, and top agent Seren Adams of United Agents. The Wild Writing Prize winner will be chosen by the Booker Prize shortlisted and Edge Hill Prize winning Daisy Johnson, author of Fen, Everything Under and Sisters, alongside James Canton, author of The Oak Papers and Director of Wild Writing at LiFTS. ​ This year’s main prize winner will receive £750, while the runner-up will be awarded £250 and the third placed story will earn £100. The Wild Writing Prize winner will receive £500, and the runner-up will be given £100.

Deadline: June 30
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Quramo Writers Prize

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.

For Quramo Writers’ Prize 2022, 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: May 31

Diverse Book Awards (UK)

Open to any children’s, YA or adult book published in 2021 by a UK author. Publishers can submit up to 5 books and self-published authors can submit up to 2 books.

Deadline: May 31
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The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

Exceptionally international in scope, the prize supports writers who have not yet published a book-length work, with no limits on age, gender, nationality, or background. The winners of each category will receive a £1,000 cash prize and publication, and will be published in Wasafiri’s print magazine. Shortlisted writers will have their work published on Wasafiri’s website. All fifteen shortlistees and winners will also be offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentoring scheme in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (dependent on eligibility), and a conversation with Nikesh Shukla of The Good Literary Agency to discuss their career progression.

Deadline: June 30
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Grants

PEN/Heim Translation Fund

The PEN/Heim Translation Fund, established in the summer of 2003 by a gift from Priscilla and Michael Henry Heim, is now open for submissions: Over the 16 years of its existence, the Fund has given grants of $2,000–$4,000 to a total of 180 translations from more than 30 different languages. They note that “about 20 percent of the published PEN/Heim Translation Fund projects have won or been shortlisted for major literary awards.” There is no citizenship or residency requirement for those applying for the grant. The organizers note that “all other criteria being equal, preference is given to translators at the beginning of their career, and to works by underrepresented writers working in underrepresented languages.” Since this is above all a grant intended to help with completion, works should be translations-in-progress rather than new projects.

Deadline: June 1
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