In our continuing series, we share opportunities for those who wish to submit work be it poetry, prose, or other related arts in November 2021. These callouts are divided into prizes, journals, and residencies.

Engaging Borders Africa Calls for Submission of 250-word Stories

Are you an African who has experienced violent extremism or hate speech? Are you a writer with a story dealing with this and related issues? This is for you.

Engaging Borders Africa is a project of STRADA Development Initiative designed to enhance social inclusion by generating and popularizing organic counter narratives to violent extremist thinking and hate speech through stories and short films by creatives from Nigeria, West Africa and the continent.

Call for Submissions To generate these counternarratives, writers and aspiring writers from Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali Kenya.

Deadline: December 5, 2021
Details: Click here, submit 250-word short story concepts to [email protected]


Afritondo Short Story Prize 2022

The Afritondo Short Story Prize 2022 is open for submissions.

For as long as we could think, humans have wondered about the world, about life, about our very essence. How are we here? More importantly, why are we here? What is it beyond what we can see that gives us a purpose?

Spirituality encompasses a vast array of concepts from internal/personal reflections to traditional/religious practices, and everything in-between. As always, we want to be surprised and thoroughly entertained, so feel free to play around and be creative with the theme. A good story for this prize will offer unique insight into the theme and explore characters in refreshing and imaginative ways.

Deadline: December 15
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The Island Prize

Holland House Books (UK), Karavan Press (SA) and Karen Jennings are proud to announce the inaugural The Island Prize for a Debut Novel from Africa. The purpose of the prize is to give writers from the continent of Africa (or the diaspora) a chance to showcase their work to a wider audience, with the possibility of feedback, mentoring, meeting with a potential agent and publication (both in the UK and South Africa).

The prize judges are all African authors who are involved in the African literary community in various ways: Karen Jennings, Hilda Twongyeirwe and Obinna Udenwe.

We invite African authors to send a one-page summary and the first 3 chapters (or 10,000 words) of a complete debut novel. Please note that it may not be a work in progress nor can the author have had a previous full-length novel published.
Deadline: December 12
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Jhalak Prize

The prizes usually open for submissions between September to December for books published between 1st January and 31st December of that calendar year. The books must have been published in the UK in that year, and originally published in English. The author of the work must have been resident in the UK for a minimum of the calendar year in which the book is eligible.​The prizes are unique in that it accepts entries published in the UK by a writer of colour. The prize is also be open to self-published writers. The aim is the identify and celebrate the finest works by writers of colour in the country.

Deadline: December 15
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The Hurston/Wright Crossover Award 2022

The Hurston/Wright Crossover Award, sponsored by ESPN’s The Undefeated, honors probing, provocative, and original new voices in literary nonfiction. Named after the most common dribbling move in basketball, the Crossover Award, aims to highlight an unconventional winner who writes across genres and can effectively crossover between writing styles and techniques. The name also speaks to the potential of the award winner to transition from obscurity to the spotlight.This award will celebrate one writer who contributes a unique perspective to the literary nonfiction landscape and whose writing exemplifies The Undefeated’s “Not Conventional, Never Boring” mantra.The award submission period opens November 1, 2021 and closes January 31, 2022. The winner of the award, which includes a cash prize, will be announced in May 2022 and honored at the 21st Annual Legacy Awards Ceremony in October 2022.

Deadline: January 31, 2022
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The Black Ballad X Influx First Novel Award

The Black Ballad X Influx First Novel Award will be an annual prize for the best debut by a Black British woman, with submissions opening on 8th September and closing on 20th October.One winner will receive £1,500 and their novel will be published by Influx in autumn 2022. The runner up will receive a free, detailed manuscript assessment from Sanya Semakula and Kit Caless from Influx Press. Judges will be author Natasha Brown (pictured), head of editorial at Black Ballad Jendella Benson, and Semakula, acquiring editor at Influx Press. A shortlist will be drawn up by mid-December, with the winner announced in January 2022.

Deadline: December 31
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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 or on Africans in Africa or in Diaspora. It was established in 2020 by Nigerian writer, filmmaker and publisher of Hattus Books, Onyeka Nwelue, in honour of James Currey, the leading publisher of academic books on Africa – dedicated to distributing books about Africa in Africa.

Deadline: April 1, 2022
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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.

The prize judges: Poet, reggae icon and activist Linton Kwesi Johnson, activist and historian Stella Dadzie and feminist and academic Dzodzi Tsikata.

Deadline: December 30
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Literary magazines/journals

Mukana Press

Mukana is accepting submissions for our freshman cohort of titles. We seek to champion authors from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds with a focus on authors from Africa, South America, The Middle East and Asia.We publish full length books (short story collections, memoirs and novels). Mukana does not publish self-help books, picture books and previously self-published books. We welcome YA and Adult novels.We are particularly intrigued by OWN voice stories, coming of age stories, protagonists wrestling with identity and belonging, stories with international settings, stories about immigration and emigration plus we love strong feminist protagonists. Surprise us though, if you think your work draws readers into untold perspectives and worlds, we’d love to hear from you.
Deadline: December 1, 2021
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Adi Magazine: Open Call | Political Fictions

Adi is seeking new short fiction for our winter 2022 issue. Send us your work!

We’re looking for short stories that examine lives impacted by policy and politics. This should be interpreted expansively and imaginatively. Please familiarize yourself with the range and spirit of our archives; Adi tends toward creative, experimental approaches to political writing, with a particular focus on those on the margins and in the global south. We’ve previously published fiction on ghosts in a post-fossil fuel world; love on opposing sides of a military crackdown; intervention through the eyes of a fugitive lion.

We’re not interested in the drearily righteous; we want stories that unearth new worlds, that plumb interior lives alongside external conflicts, that satirize and fantasize, that disturb, beguile, challenge, surprise, ignite.
Deadline: January 15, 2022
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Mosi Oa Tunya Literary Magazine

Mosi Oa Tunya Literary Magazine is currently accepting submissions of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, children’s stories in English, Shona, Ndebele, and Nambya. They are also accepting submissions of photography/paintings/drawings under the theme “At The Market.”

Deadline: November 30
Details: Click here.

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
Information: Click here.

Details: Click here.

Isele Magazine

Isele Magazine is seeking submissions of essays, fiction, poetry, interviews, and book reviews. We do not accept multiple submissions, but we do consider simultaneous submissions. Please let us know when your work has been accepted for publication elsewhere. Please do not submit previously published works (by this, we mean any piece that has appeared on the web or in print, including your personal blog). However, we will consider a translated version of the work if the original language wasn’t in English.

Deadline: Not indicated
Details: Click here.


Afrocritik accepts previously unpublished, African-centred fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book, film, art and music reviews, as well as features, interviews, and cultural essays. Submissions must be insightful, balanced, unbiased, critical, and controversial, even. We naturally do not publish hate pieces. We love daring pieces that challenge the norm at the same time.

All accepted pieces are edited by the in-house editors, so be ready to work through the revisions with the editors.

Deadline: No indicated
Details: Click here.


Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD) West Africa Residency

The Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD) is pleased to announce a new residency programme for writers who are citizens of any one of 16 West African countries (see list of countries below).Writers are invited to apply to be in residence at LOATAD in Accra, Ghana, for a period of one month between March 2022 and July 2022.The residency offers committed writers working on a longform project uninterrupted time and space to focus on their work in a supportive environment with other writers from across the region. Writers will stay in self-contained rooms with all meals provided. The cost to attend the residency is free, however, travel to and from Ghana is the resident’s own expense.

Deadline: November 30
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2022 LitSpace Writer’s Residency

The LitSpace St. Petersburg Writers’ Residency invites applications from fiction writers, poets, playwrights, essayists, and memoirists. We hope to build a legacy as a residency that provides support for adventurous writers and fresh voices. We encourage applications from writers whose work is challenging and daring, as well as from under represented backgrounds.

Our goals are to foster writers from around the country and world, enrich St. Petersburg’s literary culture, and connect it to the broader literary world. Therefore, we invite applications from anywhere in the world. However, we can only read applications and writing samples in English. While a track record of publication will be a plus for applicants, we are eager to recognize and foster excellent writers with limited publication histories.

Deadline: February 1, 2022
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Bocas Emerging Writers Fellowship

The Bocas Emerging Writers Fellowships, to be awarded simultaneously in 2022, are a pair of one-time fellowships for emerging Caribbean-based writers in English, in two categories: prose (fiction or non-fiction) and poetry. The fellowships were launched during A Map to the Door of No Return at 20: A Gathering, a virtual conference hosted by York University, Toronto, from 3 to 6 November, 2021, marking the twentieth anniversary of Dionne Brand’s landmark book.

Deadline: December 6
Details: Click here