Tsitsi Dangarembga.

Tsitsi Dangarembga is set to judge the manuscript entries for the US$12,000 Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize 2023. Entries are welcomed from February 1 – 28, 2023.

Graywolf Press was founded with limited-edition chapbooks of poetry by Scott Walker in Port Townsend, Washington, USA in 1974. It has grown to become one of the leading publishers in North America. It has also published several African writers such as Nuruddin Farah, Anouar Benmalek, Binyavanga Wainaina, and A. Igoni Barrett.

In 2018, they introduced a new initiative they called the Graywolf Press Africa Fiction Prize where writers sent their manuscripts and got the chance to win publication and a US$12,000 advance. The first judge for the award was A. Igoni Barrett and it has since been won by Khadija Abdalla Bajaber and Noor Naga.

The 2023 edition of the prize is here with the announcement of the new callout for manuscripts. The prize will this year be judged by Tsitsi Dangarembga, author of the Booker Prize short-listed This Mournable Body and the forthcoming Black and Female, in conjunction with Graywolf editors.

Submissions must be full-length, previously unpublished first novels, or first novels published in Africa that have not been distributed or available for sale outside of the continent of Africa. The winning manuscript will receive a $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf Press.

For more information on this opportunity, please click here.

Good luck, y’all.