Opportunities for writers, poets and publishers for May 22.

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In our continuing series, we are sharing opportunities for those interested in submitting work, whether poetry, prose, or other related arts in April 2022. These calls are divided into journals, publishers, awards, and education ( MFA, fellowships, residencies).

Literary magazines/journals/anthologies

Doek

Namibian poets – wherever you are – we are open to your poetry submissions. Send us your work for consideration for our 8th issue.

Deadline: June 14
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The Shallow Tales Review Issue 38

Review of Shallow Tales Number 38

The Shallow Tales Review accepts fiction, creative non-fiction, book reviews, poems, one-act plays, cultural and social essays, fine art photography, and translations that touch on the sensibilities of the African. Literary reviews should focus on texts with a modern and African temperament. For essays, we expect topics to be addressed logically and as clearly as possible. By “modern”, we mean books published no more than 10 years ago.

Deadline: May 31st
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Shiwaki

Shiwaki is the abbreviation of Shirika La Waandishi Wa Lugha Ya Kiswahili which in English is the Federation of Kiswahili Writers. If you want to submit your writings in Kiswahili, here is your chance.

Deadline: Not indicated
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Decolonial passage

Decolonial Passage presents each distinct writing as a passage worthy of readers’ attention in which writers create texts to articulate a variety of themes affecting the human condition, including, but not limited to, authenticity, freedom , alienation, dignity, community and boundless love. . Decolonial Passage publishes writing by emerging and established writers who use language and form in innovative ways.

Deadline: Not indicated
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Editors

cotton press

Cotton Tree Press takes its name from a gigantic tree that holds a special place in the life and culture of several nations with tropical rainforests. Many villages and towns in Liberia, where we were based, were deliberately built near or around a cotton plant. In the shadow of this magnificent wonder of nature, meetings take place, palavers are judged and stories told.

The publishing house is looking for creative non-fiction, children’s books, short stories, novels and poetry.

Deadline: June 30th
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Ouida Books

Ouida Books calls on all unpublished fiction and non-fiction authors to send us their works. We look forward to receiving your manuscripts.

Deadline: Not indicated
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Price

Safal-Cornell Award in Swahili

The Safal Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature was founded by Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Lizzy Attree in 2014 to promote writing in African languages ​​and encourage translation from, between and into African languages.

Formerly the Mabati Cornell Award, this year the name of the award has changed to reflect the parent organization of their main sponsors – The Safal Group Limited. From this 7th Edition, the prize will be called the Safal-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature.

Submissions for the 2022 edition are open to those writing in Kiswahili in fiction (riwaya) and poetry (mashairi). Winners can win up to $5,000.

Deadline: June 30th
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Five Continents Prize 2022

Five Continents of La Francophonie Award

The Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie was created by the International Organization of La Francophonie in 2001. It aims to highlight literary talents reflecting the expression of cultural and editorial diversity in the French language on five continents and to promote internationally.

Deadline: May 31st
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Codjo Rodrigue Abel Assavèdo International Literary Prize

Codjo Rodrigue Abel Assavèdo International Literary Prize

An international literary competition bringing together four (04) categories of literary genres which are the Novel, Poetry, Short Stories and Theater in order to promote works that carry the survival of literature and which represent the keystone of the histories of African civilizations and American, European and any other over time.

Deadline: June 1
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Brooklyn Caribbean Short Story Award

Brooklyn Caribbean Short Story Award

The 2022 BCLF Short Fiction Story Competition will award US$1,750 in cash for each of two prizes for Best Unreleased Fictional Short Film (3,000 word maximum). Submissions are open May 1 at 12:01 a.m. and close July 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The BCLF Elizabeth Nunez Caribbean-American Writer’s Prize will be judged by: Katia D. Ulysse (Haiti), Ifeona Fulani (Jamaica). The BCLF Elizabeth Nunez Prize for Caribbean Writers will be judged by: Ayesha Gibson-Gill (Barbados) Tanya Savage-Batson (Jamaica)

Deadline: D1st of July
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The Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize

The Aidoo-Snyder Book Prize is awarded by the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association for an outstanding book that prioritizes the experiences of African women. Named in honor of Ama Ata Aidoo, a famous Ghanaian novelist and short-story writer, and Margaret Snyder, founding director of UNIFEM, this $500 prize seeks to recognize excellence in contemporary scholarship produced by women on African women. Every other year, the prize is awarded to the best scholarly book or the best creative work. The 2022 Aidoo-Snyder Science Book Prize will be awarded to the best original creative work written by a woman (or women) that prioritizes the experiences of African women. To this end, the committee invites applications from publishers or authors. Self-published books are not eligible and entries can only be submitted once. The prize is open to authors who have published books in English and in English translation in the two years preceding the year of the prize. Books must deal significantly with Africa (including Cape Verde and the islands off the west coast of Africa, Madagascar and the Indian Ocean islands off the east coast of Africa) .

Deadline: 1st of July
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Africana Futurism Speculative Fiction

Pollicy.org has a new contest for you.

At Pollicy, we believe that literature is an important medium through which our aspirations, desires and identities are shared and constructed. Exploring the ways in which Africans view technology today could therefore improve our understanding of how to build inclusive and empowering technology that benefits all. These stories will go a long way in documenting the contributions of Africans to advancing technology for Africa. We welcome submissions of all kinds of fiction focusing on the relationship between Africans and technology in the past, present and future.

Deadline: May 13
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University of Essex International Short Story Prize 2022

University of Essex International Short Story Prize 2022

We are delighted to announce the return of our internationally acclaimed short story competition, run in partnership with the Department of Literary, Film and Theater Studies (LiFTS) at the University of Essex. As in 2021, the competition will offer a special Wild Writing category for fiction about nature, the environment or the climate crisis. This year’s contest features a stellar team of judges. The main prize will be awarded by Caleb Azumah Nelson, winner of the 2021 Costa First Novel Award for Open Water, and top agent Seren Adams of United Agents. The Wild Writing Prize winner will be chosen by Daisy Johnson, Booker Prize shortlist and Edge Hill Prize winner, author of Fen, Everything Under and Sisters, alongside James Canton, author of The Oak Papers and director of Wild Writing at LiFTS. This year’s main prize winner will receive £750, while runner-up will receive £250 and story 3 will win £100. The winner of the Wild Writing Prize will receive £500 and the runner-up will receive £100.

Deadline: June 30th
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Quramo Writers Award

Established in 2017 as a way for new writers to showcase their manuscripts to the global literary community and contribute to the canonization of African literature, the Quramo Writers Prize celebrates unpublished writers who work every day to perfect their craft and save our original stories from the continent. The award aims to encourage and stimulate a new community of talented writers, providing an opportunity for otherwise unexposed talent to gain publishing recognition and encouragement.

For the 2022 Quramo Writers Prize, we are inviting unpublished African writers to submit an original fictional prose manuscript, with a minimum word count of 30,000. An “African” writer is defined as someone who is a citizen of a country African, or who has an African relative by birth or nationality, living anywhere in the world. The prize is awarded to an original fictional prose manuscript by an unpublished African writer. “Unpublished means that the writer has never previously published, either traditionally, digitally, or self-published, their writings in book form. Each entry must be an original, unpublished work of fiction.

Details: Click here.
Deadline: May 31st

Diverse Book Awards (UK)

Open to any children’s, YA or adult book published in 2021 by a UK author. Publishers can submit up to 5 books and self-published authors can submit up to 2 books.

Deadline: May 31st
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The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

Exceptionally international in scope, the prize supports writers who have yet to publish a book-length work, with no limits on age, gender, nationality or origin. Winners in each category will receive a cash prize of £1,000 and a publication, and will be published in Wasafiri’s print magazine. Shortlisted writers will have their work published on the Wasafiri website. The fifteen shortlisted and winners will also be offered the Chapter and Verse or Free Reads mentorship program in partnership with The Literary Consultancy (depending on eligibility) and a conversation with Nikesh Shukla of The Good Literary Agency to discuss their progress in career.

Deadline: June 30th
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Subsidies

PEN/Heim Translation Fund

The PEN/Heim Translation Fund, established in the summer of 2003 with a gift from Priscilla and Michael Henry Heim, is now open for submissions: Over its 16-year history, the Fund has awarded grants of $2,000 $ to $4,000 to a total of 180 translations from over 30 different languages. They note that “about 20% of PEN/Heim Translation Fund’s published projects have won or been shortlisted for major literary prizes”. There are no citizenship or residency requirements for those applying for the grant. The organizers note that “all other criteria being equal, preference is given to early-career translators, and works by underrepresented writers working in underrepresented languages.” As this is primarily a grant to assist in production, the works must be ongoing translations rather than new projects.

Deadline: June 1
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