AU20 African Union “Our Africa, Our Future” Writer’s Residency Program (Fully Funded to Accra, Ghana plus a US$1,000 stipend)


Application deadline: September 30, 2022

This year, the African Union celebrates its 20th anniversary since the establishment of the organization at the Durban Summit in July 2002. AU20the celebrations are held under the theme “Our Africa, our future” and will focus on AU initiatives, successes, impact, challenges and way forward.

As part of this commemoration, the African Union (AU), in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), is organizing a residency program under the AU20 project for established writers from across Africa. to produce work that celebrates the unity and potential of the African continent.

The writers’ residency will take the form of a hybrid program, with two online meetings in November 2022 and a two-week physical residency at the Library of Africa and the African Diaspora (LOATAD) in Accra, Ghana November 14-28, 2022. The residency will end with a public event in Accra to present and discuss the written work.

Under the theme “Our Africa, our future”, five writers from the continent will be responsible for interpreting the theme in a broad and expansive manner across a selected genre, including fiction, narrative non-fiction and poetry. The work will be published in an e-book anthology due out in early 2023.

The AU20 project aims to raise the profile of the AU in the minds of Africans, especially the creative community, and to better connect the AU to African citizens. Powered by Africa No Filter, the Writers Residency will help bring the African Union closer to the people of Africa by selecting creative professionals who think outside the box, dare to challenge convention and deliver new and original work through their materials, chosen techniques and subjects. .


  • Established writers of fiction, narrative non-fiction, and poetry who have had at least one book/chapbook published by a reputable publisher (excluding self-published works) or who have substantial publishing credits in journals/ literary magazines.
  • Writers can write their articles in French or English and must be able to communicate in English.
  • Writers must be both nationals and residents of any African country.
  • Writers must possess a valid passport and be willing to travel to Ghana to participate in the physical residency.


  • Be ready to commit to the entire residency program, i.e. digital (November 3 and 7) and physical (November 14-28) sessions.
  • Produce a piece of writing between 5,000 and 7,000 words (or five poems for poets) on the theme “Our Africa, Our Future” for publication in the e-book anthology.
  • Prepare a 500-word summary to promote the play(s), for inclusion in the African Union’s flagship magazine, AU ECHO.
  • Participate in the public event at the end of the residency, photography and videography of the creative process and any publicity that may arise from the program.


  • All travel expenses to, from and within Ghana.
  • Accommodation and board at LOATAD in Ghana.
  • Access to the many resources of the library.
  • A stipend of US$1,000. Trips to relevant places of interest during your stay in Ghana.
  • Meetings with key figures in the Ghanaian/African literary space.

How to register:

Complete this form by attaching the following documents:

  • A one-page cover letter explaining why you want to participate in this AU-themed residency and what you hope to gain from the experience.
  • Your writers’ CV (3 pages maximum) with the contact details of two referees.
  • A writing sample of no more than 2,000 words in your preferred genre.
  • A copy of the identification page of your passport.

The deadline for applications is September 30, 2022. Applications for which an element is missing as well as those having exceeded the application deadline will not be considered.

Questions: Email [email protected] with the subject “AU20 writers’ residence”.

For more information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the African Union AU20 Our Africa, Our Future Writers Residency Program


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