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Acan Innocent Immaculate
Acan Innocent Immaculate

The Writivism Short Story Prize, an annual award for emerging African writers administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), has made a call out for submissions. The French call out can be found here.

The Writivism Prize was born in 2013 and it has since the supported literary careers for hundreds of emerging African writers. Previous winners of the prize are include Acan Innocent (Uganda) in 2016, Pemi Aguda (Nigeria) in 2015, Saaleha Idrees Bamjee (South Africa) in 2014, and Anthea Paelo (Uganda) in 2013.

Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 is upon us lads and lasses. You can join these ladies, only women seem to win this prize, as the best short story writer in the pan African prize that’s based in Africa. So what is the gift of getting in this year? Short listed writers may be invited to attend the annual Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda, from August 24 – 27, 2017 and will each be awarded $100 (USD) cash. The winner of the prize will be awarded $400 (USD) cash and may be considered for a one month writing residency at a university in an African country.

If you feel that you can do that which seems like such a simple thing and you are an unpublished writer resident in an African country then this is your chance. The organisers of this prize ask that you send an entry in English or French of your original work of 2,500 – 3,500 words length.

The winner will be required to produce a complete first draft of a publishable fiction manuscript before the residency. The winner, on taking up the residency commits to publishing the manuscript edited through the residency, under the Writivism Series with a CACE partner publisher.

For more information about the prize you can get information in English here and in French here.

The deadline for receiving entries is March 31, 2017 at midnight GMT.