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


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.

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Deadline: December 15

Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2022

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize, the world’s most global literary competition, is open for submissions. Launched a decade ago, the Prize seeks out talented writers and brings their stories to an international stage. People who may have never thought of themselves as writers have the chance to gain recognition and build connections with story-tellers from around the world. You don’t need an agent, just an internet connection, to submit your unpublished story before the deadline of 1 November. Join the ranks of new and emerging story-tellers from the Commonwealth and be in with the chance of winning a significant cash prize:

Deadline: November 1
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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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Lambda Literary Awards 2022

Lambda Literary Awards celebrate the best LGBTQ books published in a given year. Submissions are judged principally on literary merit and content relevant to LGBTQ lives.

It is very important that you read through these guidelines carefully to ensure that your book is eligible for consideration and that you are submitting it to the proper category. A book may be submitted to only one category. Specific guidelines must be met for each category.

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Deadline: November 19

Luschei Prize for African Poetry

The Luschei Prize for African Poetry is open to any book of original poetry, in English, published during the previous calendar year in a standard edition of a full-length collection of poetry written by any African writer. Books must be submitted in the year after their publication. (For example, books published in 2020 may be submitted for consideration between May 1st and October 31st, 2021).

Deadline: October 31
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Pawa African Prize for Poetry

The Pawa African Prize for Poetry is for poetry collections published by individual authors between 2018 to 2021 in Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili and Portuguese. Pawa is the Pan African Writers Association. Entries which are open to African Writers at home and in the diaspora must be in digital form and should be sent by email to [email protected]. Entries will be judged by individual Judges in each category of Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili and Portuguese. Prizes of $2,000 per category will be awarded at a date to be announced.

Deadline: October 31 2021.

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 Moth Poetry Prize

Entries are now open for The Moth Poetry Prize, with a chance to win up to €6,000 with a single poem! This year’s judge is Warsan Shire.

Deadline: December 31
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.

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

FIYAH Literary Magazine: Palestine Issue

FIYAH Literary Magazine is excited to announce our open period for Palestinian Speculative Fiction writers. We’re reaching out to Palestinians based in Palestine or across the diaspora to share their speculative work with us in either Poetry or Short Story format. We’ll be featuring this work on our website beginning in November 2021 as well as providing an ebook including works by Palestinian illustrators, the proceeds of which will benefit Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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Deadline: October 15

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
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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
Information: Click here.

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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
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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.
Information: Click here.