Callouts

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

Literary magazines/journals/Anthologies

The Black Girl Survives in This One

The Black Girl Survives in This One

We’ve entered a new golden age in Black horror storytelling. Today’s wave of Black horror writers and filmmakers are filling an important gap in the horror canon, inserting Black characters front and centre as heroes and survivors within the horror genre. This Spooky Season we’re looking to celebrate this milestone moment by featuring a new Black voice in horror fiction in an all-new anthology. We are seeking a Black woman or Black nonbinary writer to contribute a short story to THE BLACK GIRL SURVIVES IN THIS ONE, a Young-Adult horror fiction anthology that will be published in Winter 2024 by Flatiron Books.
Deadline: October 31
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Libretto Magazine

Libretto Magazine

Libretto Magazine seeks unique works with a strong sense of imagery, desire, and emotion; words that resonate, that are produced in styles that push boundaries, complete with an elegant and fascinating use of language or imagery. Send in your euphoria and fears, your faith and doubts, as well as your despair and triumphs. We want voice. We want craft. We want heart.

Deadline: October 31
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Yaba Left Review

Yaba Left Review

Yaba Left Review is a stomping ground for exploring nostalgia in all its ramifications. For our first issue, we seek fiction and non-fiction submissions from both established and emerging writers.

Deadline: September 20
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Kenyon Review

Kenyon Review callout

The Kenyon Review has been in the heart of literature since 1939 when poet and critic John Crowe Ransom started the journal on the campus of Kenyon College, USA.

In 2023, our magazine will feature two themed issues, one focused on WOMEN’S HEALTH and one on FOOD. We invite work that broadly considers these two themes.

Deadline: September 30
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Lilac Journal

Lilac Journal

The LILAC Journal was established to document Life in Lagos And the Continent, by a passionate team of African writers and editors, spanning a diverse group of ages, backgrounds and interests, including prizewinning podcasters, fiction, and nonfiction writers in 2022. Their editorial board includes African youth, so at every level, their voices are heard. This is a nonfiction journal for writers, thinkers and doers. It’s a space for underrepresented voices and a platform for publishing and promoting young authors, where they are seen and celebrated. Intended to amplify the voices of young Africans, The LILAC Journal inspires kids and teens to read, write and create.

Deadline: Not indicated.
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Short Fiction

Short Fiction is a high-quality online journal (previously also in print, since 2006), publishing some of the finest short stories from around the world.

Deadline: November 30
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FIYAH Literary Magazine

FIYAH is a quarterly speculative fiction magazine that features stories by and about Black people of the African Diaspora. This definition is globally inclusive (Black anywhere in the world) and also applies to mixed/biracial and Afro-appended people regardless of gender identity or orientation.

Deadline: December 31 (for Jan ’23 and April ’23 editions)
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El Ghourabaa

El Ghourabaa

Metonymy Press is calli006Eg for contributions to El Ghourabaa, a queer and trans Arab and Arabophone anthology edited by Eli Tareq El Bechelany-Lynch and Samia Marshy.

Deadline: September 15
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Writers Space Africa Magazine

Writers Space Africa (WSA) magazine is accepting submissions for its 71st edition (NOVEMBER 2022 Edition). The theme for this edition is HUNGER.

Deadline: September 15
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Maroko

Maroko

Márọkọ́, an annual print and digital journal published by the Lagos International Poetry Festival, is now receiving submissions for its first issue.

Deadline: September 30
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Moremi Review

Moremi Review

Founded on the values of equity, Moremi Review hopes to feature women-only voices both in the Nigerian literary sphere and beyond. They are named after Moremi Ajasoro, a legendary Yoruba queen.

Deadline: October 15
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Guernica

Guernica

Guernica publishes poetry, essays, reportage/journalism, criticism, and fiction, and we offer honoraria of $50 for poetry, $100 for original essays, and $150 for original fiction and for reportage/journalism.

Deadline: Not indicated
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Olúmọ Review

Olumo Review

Olúmọ Review seeks amazing poetry – poetry that is bold, poetry that would collide with rocks and grind them to powder, that sparks curiosity, that intrigues the intellect, that kicks in the teeth, that guts the heart, that says something genuine about the world as well as the individual.  We celebrate diversity and are open to diverse styles, forms, and kinds of poetry, about any and all subjects.

Deadline: September 30
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Seize The Press Magazine

Seize The Press Magazine is looking to publish dark, transgressive speculative fiction. Bleak sci-fi, dark fantasy and horror only. We’re looking for stories that aren’t didactic or moralistic. We want stories where everything isn’t wrapped up neatly at the end. We want to promote a diverse range of voices from authors who write messy characters, so give us your problematic queers and your angry women—we want your difficult and morally questionable characters in unpleasant situations who don’t slide neatly into a narrow definition of positive representation and don’t fit the model minority mould.

Deadline: Not indicated
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Decolonial Passage

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

Iskanchi Press

Iskanchi Press

Iskanchi Press calls for book-length manuscripts in any genre by writers of African descent. Women over the age of 50 are particularly encouraged to submit. Please submit only one manuscript at a time.

Deadline: October 30
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Botsotso

Botsotso callout

Since 1996, Botsotso has published 66 books: 20 editions of our Literary Journal, Anthologies, and over 40 individual collections of Poetry, Fiction and Drama. Botsotso is proud to announce that they will now also begin publishing Novels, Memoir, and full-length works of Nonfiction.

Deadline: October 30
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Ouida Books

Ouida Submissions

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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Osmosis Press

osmosis press

From August 1, Osmosis will be open for manuscript submissions! No guidelines for length, form, page size, or number of collaborators. They celebrate work that has previously faced difficulty in finding a home.

Deadline: September 30
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Prizes

Guyana Prize for Literature

Guyana Prize for Literature

The Guyana Prizes for Literature were founded by President Desmond Hoyte in 1987, with a view to promoting the development of local literature. Prizes are awarded biennially in categories including best book of fiction, best first book of fiction, best book of poems, best first book of poems, and best play.

Deadline: November 4
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Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2023

Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2023

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize aims to identify talented writers who go on to inspire their communities. It unearths and promotes the best new writing from across the Commonwealth, developing literary connections worldwide. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2000 – 5000 words). It is open to translated fiction. The overall winner receives £5,000 and regional winners receive £2,500. Translators will receive additional prize money.

Deadline: November 1
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Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry 2022

The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry, under the auspices of the African Poetry Book Fund and in partnership with the literary journal, Prairie Schooner, is an annual award of USD $1,000. Established in 2015 and named for the literary philanthropist Glenna Luschei, this Pan African Poetry Prize is the only one of its kind in the world and aims to honor and promote African poetry written in English or in translation and to recognize a significant book published each year by an African poet.

Deadline: December 1
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The Abena Korantemaa Oral History Prize (2022)

The Abena Korantemaa Oral History Prize 2022

We’re pleased to announce the opening of submissions for the 2022 edition of the Abena Korantemaa Oral History Prize, an annual award for Oral History narrated by a woman over the age of 65 years.

Deadline: September 4
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ArabLit Story Prize 2022

ArabLit Story Prize
ArabLit Story Prize

The ArabLit Story Prize is an award celebrating the best short stories, in any genre, newly translated from Arabic into English. It was founded in 2018 by Arablit.org, a leading resource on Arab literature.

Deadline: September 20
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The Jericho Prize

The Jericho Prize, open to unpublished Black British writers, is a new award for writing for children aged four years plus (picture books) and seven to nine (short chapter books). Each submission must include a Black or mixed-Black main character.

Deadline: November 7
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Hamwe Festival Short Stories Contest

Hamwe 2022

African writers on the continent and in the diaspora are invited to submit their short stories by September 25th, 2022. Stories should be between 2000 and 5000 words, and you can submit your story in English or French. The themes of this year’s prize are memory, heritage and mental health. The winners will be announced during Hamwe Festival in November 2022 and each of the winners will receive a $1000 cash prize.

Deadline: September 25
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Prix Littéraire FETKANN Maryse condé 2022

The Prix littéraire Fetkann Maryse Condé rewards the works, collections, research works or essays which promote the work of memory of the countries of the global South and all that goes in the direction of the promotion of human dignity in general. It is a creation of the French organisation CIFORDOM.

Deadline: September 30
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Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Three Africans on Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2019 longlist.
Three Africans on Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2019 longlist.

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the Arab world’s most prestigious literary prizes, is now open for submissions for its 17th edition. The Award – known as the Nobel prize of the Arab world – has a reputation for showcasing some of the most stimulating and ambitious works across a range of prize categories.

Deadline: October 1
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Scholarships

Morland African Writing Scholarships 2022

The Miles Morland Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2022 Morland Writing Scholarships for African writers will open for entries. Scholars writing fiction receive a grant of £18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months. At the discretion of the foundation, Scholars writing non-fiction may receive a grant of up to £27,000, paid over a period of up to eighteen months. This is divided into twelve and given to the recipient and in return, they are required to hand in 10,000 words every month.

Deadline: September 19
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AU20 “Our Africa, Our Future” Writers Residency Programme

AU20 “Our Africa, Our Future” Writers Residency Programme

This year, the African Union celebrates its 20th anniversary since the organization’s establishment at the Durban Summit of July 2002. Dubbed AU20, the celebrations are taking place under the theme “Our Africa, Our Future” and will focus on the AU’s initiatives, successes, impact, challenges and the way forward. As part of this commemoration, the African Union (AU), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is hosting a residency programme under the AU20 project for established writers from across Africa to produce a piece of work that celebrates the unity and potential of the African continent.Deadline: September 30
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