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CALL FOR POETS: JOS POETRY SLAM E-SLAM edition 1.0

The JPS E-Slam is a digital slam that hopes to bring together poets from different parts of the nation using the platform ‘Instagram’ as a stage. It is a Jos Poetry Slam (JPS) team initiative. All poets are eligible to enter for the competition whether or not the poets have participated in previous slam Competitions organised by the Jos Poetry Slam team.

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Write a poem on any theme and record a video (1 minute).
  2. Follow @jospoetryslam on instagram
  3. Upload your video and tag us ( @jospoetryslam)
  4. We would then repost your video to our page where voting will take place.

 

CONTEST RULES:

  •    Poems can be on any subject and in any style.
  •   Each poem must be an original piece written and performed by the POET/ARTIST.
  •   No props.
  •  No costumes.
  •  Performances are timed and should not exceed 1 minute.
  • No musical instruments or pre-recorded music.
  •  Each poem will only be used once during the competition.
  • Poets prepare three (3) poems in case they move to the second and final rounds.
  • Contestants who proceed from the first to the second round will be chosen by the number of likes their post receives but with fairness as one of our core values each judge has the right to pull through one exceptional candidate who failed to meet the ‘likes’ requirement. Why? Creativity is more than a popularity contest.
  • Only the first round will be dependent on ‘likes’. The second and final round would be entirely dependent on our panel of judges who will select the overall winner of the competition.

You can send your videos from the 5th of July to the 15th of July 2017. The winner will be announced on the 24th of July.

THE PRIZE:

The winner will receive #20000.

NOTE: 

  1. Entry is free.
  2.  If the poem you share is plagiarized and/or is offensive, among other things, we reserve the right  to not publish it.
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Posted in CALLS FOR SUBMISSION, LITERARY MISSIONARY

2017 ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN AUTHORS’ LITERARY PRIZES: CALL FOR ENTRIES

It is here again; the popular ANA Literary Prizes. For a time to claim serious bragging rights, join a league of awesome hall of famers (that I am a part of, whoop whoop!), here are the details that you should either pass along or use. Note that the time to act starts NOW! Okay, here we go:

The Association of Nigerian Authors [ANA] hereby announces a range of prizes for its 2017 literary competitions. The prizes are:
1. ANA Prize for Poetry (published & unpublished) – N 100,000
2. ANA Prize for Prose Fiction (published & unpublished) – N 100,000
3. ANA Prize for Drama (published & unpublished) – N 100,000
4. ANA Prize for Children’s Literature- 7-13 years age range (Published works only and open to all categories of authors  )- N100,0000
5.  ANA/ Abubakar Gimba Prize for Fiction (Short Stories Collection-Published) – N200, 000.
6. ANA/Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism (Focus on criticism of emergent Nigerian Literature) – N100, 000

Nigerian writers, at home and abroad, desirous of entering their works for the Annual Literary Prizes, may now do so. Works entered should have been published between March 2016 and March 2017.

REQUIREMENTS
1. An entry fee of N3, 000 (per entry) is required for all the prizes except the Teen Authors Prize. The fee is to be paid by the author or the publisher in favour of the:
ACCOUNT NAME: Association of Nigerian Authors(ANA)
BANK: Zenith  Bank of Nigeria Plc
ACCOUNT NO:  1014606745

Please, note:
[a] The entry fee is for the purpose of prize administration only.
[b] A photocopy of the appropriate Deposit Slip[s] MUST accompany Requirement #2 below.
2. Six copies (6) of the book or manuscript to be entered, specifying the Prize being entered for, alongside a covering letter and the photocopy of the Deposit Slip used in Requirement 1 above, should be sent by post to:

The General Secretary,
Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA),
Entrance B, Suite 63
National Theatre Complex,
Iganmu, Lagos.

The covering letter should contain accurate contact details of the writer or/and publisher of the work, including email and surface mail addresses and telephone numbers.

Please, note also that:
[a] The Association will NOT take responsibility for entries sent by post nor will it claim registered parcels in cases where it has to pay for such entries or parcels.
[b] Multiple entries, where applicable, are allowed but a work must not have been entered for the same prize prior to the present entry and it must have been published between 2016 and 2017.

GENERAL INSTRUCTION
The works that are to be submitted in all categories should be original and not recast(s) of already existing works. All submissions are subjected to copyright laws of Nigeria as authors should note that they retain full responsibility for any sort of infringement. Works entered into for ANA prizes are expected to be of the highest language and literary quality.

(b) Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism (published works only)
Length: Not more than 15 pages of A4 paper size following format of academic essays.
1. Type double spaced using MS Word. Use Times New Roman Type face 12 point font size.
2. The essay, if published in a journal, newspaper, books or as electronic text on-line, must be within the valid dates indicated on this call for submissions.
3. Referencing style is either the latest MLA or APA style.
4. Five hard copies as loose sheets or as a bound monograph are to be submitted to ANA, plus a soft copy sent by email to foninyang@yahoo.com and anaexco2015@gmail.com
6. The essay should not be a generalized survey but should rather be focused on specific texts (in any of the genres) of selected authors at a time.
7. The essay should state where the texts or performance analysed can be accessed or located and where it (essay) has been published.
8. All entries in this category should be accompanied by a letter affirming the originality of the essay and authorial authenticity.
9. In addition, all other rules covering ANA competitions are applicable.
Copyright: The copyright to every winning entry is to be held by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Maria Ajima Trust, and the author of the work. The winning entry will be published in subsequent ANA Reviews.

DEADLINE
Deadline for the receipt of ALL entries   is   Friday, May 19th, 2017(there will be no extension of this deadline).  A  shortlist will be announced in September, 2017. Winners of the prizes will be announced by the judges at the Awards Dinner during the 36th Anniversary International Annual Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors in October, 2017.

Ofonime Inyang, PhD
General Secretary

 

(Source: Here)

 

BEST OF LUCK!

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Call For Submissions: 2015 ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN AUTHORS Literary Prizes

For Release: April 7, 2015
The Association of Nigerian Authors [ANA] hereby announces a range of prizes for its 2015 literary competitions. These are:
1. ANA Prize for Poetry (published & unpublished) – N 100,000.
2. ANA Prize for Prose Fiction (published & unpublished) – N 100,000.
3. ANA Prize for Drama (published & unpublished) – N 100,000.
4. ANA Prize for Literary Journalism – N 100,000 (Deadline: August 30, 2015).
5. ANA\NECO Teen Author Prize (prose) N 100,000.00 (published & unpublished works).
6. ANA\Mazariyya Teen Authors Prize (poetry) N 50,000.00 (published & unpublished works).
ANA is pleased to introduce two new prizes, endowed by Mrs. Maria Ajima and Dr. Wale Okediran, respectively:
7. Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism (Focus on African Literature) – N100,000
8. ANA Abubakar Gimba Prize for Fiction (short stories) – N200,000.
Nigerian writers, home and abroad, desirous of entering their works for the Annual Literary Prizes, may now do so. Works entered should have been published between March 2014 and March 2015.
REQUIREMENTS
1. An entry fee of N3,000 per entry,  paid by the author or the publisher, in favour of:
Association of Nigerian Authors
First Bank of Nigeria Plc
[Bodija Market Branch Ibadan]
Account No. 2020543538
Please Note 
[a] The entry fee is for the purpose of prize administration only.
[b] A photocopy of the appropriate Deposit Slip[s] MUST accompany Requirement #2 below.
2. Six copies (6) of the book or manuscript to be entered, specifying the Prize being entered for, alongside a covering letter and the photocopy of the Deposit Slip used in Requirement 1 above, should be sent by post to:
The General Secretary,
Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA),
c/o Suite 63,
National Theatre Complex,
Iganmu
Lagos.
The covering letter should contain accurate contact details of the writer or/and publisher of the work, including email and surface mail addresses and telephone numbers.
Please Note
[a] The Association will NOT take responsibility for entries sent by post nor will it claim registered parcels in cases where it has to pay for such entries or parcels.
[b] Multiple entries, where applicable, are allowed but a work must not have been entered for the same prize prior to the present entry and it must have been published between 2014 and 2015.
SPECIFIC GUIDELINES for Teen Authors Prize (published and unpublished works). 
1. Entrants must be students in any secondary school in Nigeria.
2. Entries must be a collection or a single story of between 35 – 40 pages or above for prose or poetry.
3. Illustration (optional).
4. Accompanying documents are:
(i) Signed letter of identification from school principal on school letterhead.
(ii) Two passport photographs, name, and copy of birth certificate of the entrant.
(iii) Entrant’s school admission letter (photocopy).
(iv) Current cumulative record of entrant’s academic performance (junior or secondary school).
(v) Letter of consent from parents.
(vi) Entrant’s or their guardian’s email, surface mail address and phone number.
5. Unpublished entries (in four copies) should be properly bound.
6. Teen Authors are NOT required to pay an entry fee.
SPECIFIC GUIDELINES for Maria Ajima Prize for Literary Criticism (published and unpublished works) 
Length: Between 25-30 pages of A4 paper size following format of academic essays.
 1. Type double spaced using MS Word. Use Times New Roman Type face 12 point font size.
2. The essay, if published in a journal, book or as electronic text, must be within the valid dates indicated on this call for submissions.
3. Referencing style is either the latest MLA or APA style.
4. Five hard copies as loose sheets or as a bound monograph are to be submitted to ANA, plus a soft copy sent by email to okoduwatanko@yahoo.com
 5. The competition will be rotated annually in areas surrounding poetry, drama, prose fiction and theory.
6. The essay should not be of generalized survey, but should rather be focused on specific texts of a few selected authors at a time.
7. The essay should state where the texts or performance analysed can be accessed or located.
In addition, all other rules pertaining to ANA competitions are applicable.
Copyright: The copyright to every winning entry is to be held by the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Maria Ajima Trust, and the author of the work. The winning entry will be published in subsequent ANA Reviews.
SPECIFIC GUIDELINES for ANA Abubakar Gimba Prize for Fiction [Short Stories].
1. Only published work are accepted.
2. Seven [7] copies of each entry are to be sent in.
3. Entries must have been published no earlier than twenty four months BEFORE the date indicated on the call for submissions.
In addition, all other rules pertaining to ANA competitions are applicable.
DEADLINE
Deadline for the receipt of ALL entries, excepting the Prize for Literary Journalism, for the 2015 ANA Literary Prizes is Friday, May 22, 2015. A shortlist will be announced in September, 2015.
Winners of the prizes will be announced by the judges at the Awards Dinner during the 34th International Annual Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors in October/November, 2015.
Richard Ali
Publicity Secretary [North]
Association of Nigerian Authors
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REVIEWERS WANTED: WHERE ARE YOU?! [INTRODUCING SEVHAGE REVIEWS!]

Hi, my name is Su’eddie Vershima Agema and yes, except working with a publishing house and holding some literary administrative positions, I LOVE BOOKS, WRITING AND PEOPLE! I also like bringing books to people’s attention and finding a way to share works I love and works of people I come across…

Now, we have a blog, http://sevhagereviews.wordpress.com and we have had some wonderful reviews and interviews: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Caine Prize Shortlist 2013) and Reward Nsirim are just a few. We are launching some interview series soon to feature amazing Nigerian, African and international writers! Yaaaaay! Plus, we have features of reviews on their works as well as select pieces. If you haven’t seen it, get there and see it…

Book World!
Book World! 

Oh well, too much talk. We need reviewers! Have you been reading any good book and would love to share your thoughts on it? Thoughts on literature… We welcome them all. Please send an email at sevhage@gmail.com with the title: ‘REVIEW’ and we will take it from there. Do you think that you can’t really review professionally? Oh, come on! That isn’t a problem… I am not sure I can… and I prefer the ones that only show what you feel. So, if you can, simply write your thoughts and let’s see how we can make all of it fun…

Trust me, you will be connecting to a great community and who knows where it will take you to tomorrow? I offer you my friendship too and let’s see where it will take us to.

Cheers!

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WRITIVISM SHORT STORY COMPETITION: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Opening date – 1 February 2015

Closing date – 30th April 2015

Entries must be submitted online. No mark as to the identity of the writer should be made on the story itself. No entries will be considered if submitted after the deadline. Winners shall be announced on Short Story Day Africa, the 21st of June 2015 at an Awards Evening during the Writivism Festival 2015 in Kampala, Uganda.

1. The Writivism Short Story Prize is an annual award for emerging African writers administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE).

2. Entrants must be unpublished writers, resident in an African country. One is deemed published if they have a book of their own.

3. Questions of eligibility shall be resolved by the CACE administration and their decision is final.

4. Entries must be submitted online, by emailing them to info@writivism.com as attachments (not in the body email), clearly labeled in the subject: Writivism Competition 2015. The writer must include in the body of the email, other information about him/her, as country of residence, age, legal name and pen name (where applicable) and telephone contact.

5. Only one entry per writer may be submitted for the Writivism Short Story Prize. The story must be original and previously unpublished in any form except on the writer’s personal blog.

6. All entries must be in English, and 2,500 – 3,500 words long.

7. Entries should be attached in Microsoft Word or Rich Text formats, with the title of the story as the file name. The first page of the story should include the name of the story and the number of words. The entry must be typed in Times New Roman 12 point font and 1.5 line spacing. No mention should be made on the identity of the writer in the entry.

8. Entrants agree as a condition of entry that CACE may publicize the fact that a story has been entered, longlisted or shortlisted for the Prize. The shortlisted writers and winners of the competition will be expected to participate in readings, The Writivism Festival and school tours.

9. Worldwide copyright of each story remains with the writer. CACE will have the unrestricted right to publish the long-listed stories in an anthology and for promotional purposes.

10. The prize judging panel comprises Chika Unigwe (Chair), Mukoma wa Ngugi, Tendai Huchu, Rachel Zadok and Ainehi Edoro. Read more about the judges here.

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: FREE ENTRY FOR POETRY, PROSE, PLAYS AND ESSAYS

ANA Invitation_2

The National Executive of the Association of Nigerian Authors by this notice calls for submissions from interested writers around the world for the 2014 ANA Review. The ANA Review, published yearly by the Association, is a journal that seeks to assess the pulse of contemporary Nigerian and African writing.

Submissions are called for in the following genres—
1] ​Poetry—No more than six poems per submission.
2]​Prose—Short stories or fiction excerpts must be under 3,000 words.
3]​Essays—Academic and literary essays on subjects related to literature are welcome; must be under 5,000 words.
All essays are to be formatted in line with the MLA Style Manual.
4]​Drama—Skits only, under 3,000 words.   All submissions should be sent as attachments via email to ana.review14@gmail.com with the following details on the first page.

1]​Name
2]​Genre
3]​Complete Contact Details
4]​100-word bio.

Deadline for submissions is September 25th, 2014.

Editor: The ANA Review Editor for 2014 will be Richard Ali.

Richard Ali is a Nigerian lawyer and novelist who has previously edited the Sardauna Magazine and the Sentinel Nigeria Magazine. He has, since 2011, served as Publicity Secretary [North] of the Association of Nigerian Authors.

So, what are you waiting for? Send the tale already!

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COMPETITION: WIN $1200 IN THE WRITER COMPETITION 2014

The Writer Competition is an online ‘reality’ writing competition created by First Bank of Nigeria plc. and popular online art and opinion magazine, http://www.thenakedconvos.com. The competition, now in its third year promises to be even bigger. Just like the first two season, contestants will be given a topic or theme to write on each week and you, the public, as well as the judges, assess them and vote to keep the best writers in the competition until one writer is left standing. Over the last two years, the competition has been exciting and keenly contested across West Africa but this year, everything changes. The competition is bigger and better with more evictions every week and more prize money at stake.

The Process
12 Finalists will be shortlisted from the call for entries submissions. These writers will be mentored by 3 judges and will contest in four rounds of the online writing competition where three contestants will be evicted weekly.
The competition will require all writers to send in their themed stories weekly by a fixed deadline.Posts from contestants will be put up for members of the public to read and vote on.At the end of the voting period, the panel of judges will evaluate the stories and score them using pre-communicated criteria.
The public votes from the audience and the votes from the judges will be combined and based on this; contestants will be judged and eliminated weekly until a final winner – THE WRITER – emerges.

Who is it for?
The competition is for all Africans who love to write. There is no age, nationality or location restriction. All Africans or people of African origin are encouraged to send in pre-qualification entries to be considered.

How to enter?

To stand a chance to qualify for the competition, simply write and send in a flash fiction story that is not more than 500 words long (It can be less than this but definitely not more).

The theme for this year’s entry stories is “The First”.
The first — what? That’s entirely up to you. The first kiss.The first story.The first bite.The first child. The first car.The first man.The first word. Anything. It can be about a time or a place or a person or a situation or anything along the continuum. Be creative. Any Style, direction and format is allowed – the more creative and well written, the better your chances of qualifying. Send your entry to thewriter@thenakedconvos.com on or before midnight, February 21st, 2014.
Submissions must be Flash Fiction stories. Poetry and Opinion pieces will not be accepted.

Only shortlisted writers will be contacted. Writers will be contacted only by e-mail. Please include your full name, phone number and a valid e-mail address in your submission, which we will use for continued correspondence, even if it is the same email address you use to send in the entry.Only one entry is allowed per writer. The work must be the work of the person whose name is stated in the email.

The Prizes
At the end of The Writer competition, there will be three winners,
First Place – $1,200
Second Place – $800
Third Place – $600

The schedule
Deadline for submission of entries is February 21, 2014.
The Judges, sponsors and 12 Finalists will be announced and The ‘Show’ will begin on the 3rd of March 2014.

For more information about The Writer Competition, visit: http://www.thenakedconvos.com/thewriter

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BN Poetry Award: Free Entry

For African poets who will not have published a full-length collection of poetry by May 2014

Guidelines for Submissions

● It is open to ALL African poets who will not have published a full-length collection of poetry by May 2014

● Submissions should be original, in English and not more than 40 lines. Times New Roman or Arial, single-spaced and size 12. Local languages are accepted only if English translations are sent alongside them

● Send a maximum of three poems and a minimum of one poem to bnpoetryaward@mail.com as a word attachment. DO NOT include your name or contact details on the poem itself

● The subject line should read, “BNPA 2014”

● Include your name, email address, country or birth and country of permanent residence, telephone number and the titles of your poems in the body of the email

● The submissions will be accepted from January 6th to May 5th 2014

● More details on the face book page, Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation, on the blogbnpoetryaward.blogspot.com and website www.bnpoetryaward.co.ug

The Judges

bn-poetry-award-kgafela-oa-magogodiKgafela oa Magogodi: South African poet, director and musician. He is currently completing a co-writing project for a musical stage play, The Book Of REBELATIONS . Published books include Thy Condom Come (2000) and Outspoken (2004).

 

 


bn-poetry-award-joanne-arnottJoanne Arnott:
 Award-winning Canadian poet and writer. Her first book of poetry, Wiles of Girlhood (1991) won the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry (1992). Her newest publication of poetry is, A Night for the Lady (Ronsdale, fall 2013).

 

 

bn-poetry-award-richard-ali

Richard Ali: Author of City of Memories, Chief Operations Officer of Parrésia Publishers Ltd and Publicity Secretary [North] of Association of Nigerian Authors. Richard is also Editor-in-Chief of the Sentinel Nigeria Magazine and was a runner-up at the 2008 John la Rose Short Story Competition.

 

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URGENT Call for submissions: Africa 39 Longlist

The Africa 39 Project needs 39 writers that would be selected from a 120 longlist. The Coordinator is famed writer Binyavanga Wainana (One day I will write about this place and How to write about Africa). Native works and women stand a greater chance of acceptance… Or so it says 🙂

 

So, do you want to know what the Africa39 Project is about?

The Rules for Applicants

Application Criteria… Click or just read Binyavanga’s Wainana’s letter

 

DEADLINE: 10th December 2013 Midnight (East African Time GMT +3)

 

ALL Submissions, as well as queries, should be e-mailed to: africa39project@gmail.com

 

IN SUMMARY:

African authors born after Jan 1st 1974 to be honoured in the AAfrica39 project, an anthology to be edited by Ella Alfrey and introduced by Wole Soyinka.

In a year in which Port Harcourt has been accorded the honour of being the first sub-Saharan city to be named UNESCO WorldBook Capitral, a year of Nigeria’s Centenary, The Hay Festival of Literature and the Arts Ltd and Rainbow Book Club have partnered to present the best of African writers under the age of 40 (Farafina)

What is Africa39 Project?

The Africa39 Project has been set up as a key part of the programs and celebrations of Port Harcourt UNESCO World Book Capital 2014.  In April 2014, Africa39 will announce 39 of the most promising African writers of fiction under the age of 40.

The Africa39 Project is a partnership between the Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts Ltd., UK; and the Rainbow Book Club (Port Harcourt, Nigeria).

The Africa39 Project will contact and liaise with African literary prizes, writers groups, literary magazines, and literary festivals.

I understand this is coming to you at short notice. As you imagine this undertaking is huge, and I have only recently become involved in this project. This is a huge opportunity for a new generation of writers, and I urge you to encourage as many as possible to submit an application consideration.

Important Note:The Spirit of the Africa39 Project

 

 

Rules for Applicants.

  • Writers may apply on their own behalf
  • Agents and publishers can apply on behalf of writers in their stable.
  • Writers must be under 40 years of age (born after January 1st, 1974).
  • Writers must have published at least one work of fiction.
  • By “published” we mean that you should have published a piece of fiction in print (including self-published) or on-line (including blogs).  The piece you submit for the Africa39 project, however, need not have already been published; it may be a new piece.
  • We are keen to promote writers who show promise.
  • The judges’ decision is final and they will not enter into any correspondence with entrants regarding their decisions.
  • This prize is open only to African writers.
  • By African writer we mean that you are a resident of; or were born in one of the countries listed below.  By African writers, we also mean that any writer who has one or more parents from any of these countries:  Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria,  Réunion, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Saint Helena, São Tomé and Príncipe Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • Writers from the Diaspora(s) of any one or more of the countries listed above are encouraged to apply.
  • The author must provide the following essential information on the cover page:
    • full name, date of birth, country of origin.
    • contact details: e-mail, telephone number (including country-code), twitter handle.
    • a 200 word biography.
    • a short bibliography of your published literary work.
  • The author must also attach:
    • a scanned copy of the biographical page from one of the following: your passport, your official national identification card, or your driver’s licence.
    • a square author photograph in .png format  minimum of 180×180 pixels.
  • The deadline for ALL submissions is midnight (East African Time/GMT+3) Dec 10th, 2013.
  • ALL applicant submissions should be made VIA EMAIL ONLY TO: africa39project@gmail.com
  • All questions should be directed ONLY to this email address: africa39project@gmail.com  or on Twitter @africa39list
  • Please ensure your submissions keep strictly to the guidelines and application criteria we have provided in this document.

 

Application Criteria

  • Applicants must submit one creative piece, that they feel is their strongest work of fiction. This may be a short story, or an excerpt of a longer work of fiction. We are open to creative non-fiction submissions, or an excerpt of a non-fiction novel.
    • The submitted piece must be no longer than 5000 words.
    • The submitted piece must be typed, double-spaced, and delivered ONLY in Times New Roman, 12pt.
    • The submitted creative piece must only be sent as TWO document attachments, each with a cover page containing the details specified in the rules.
    • One of the TWO document attachments must be a Microsoft Word (.doc) file, and another must be a Adobe Portable Document format (.pdf) file.
    • These two documents should have page numbers.
    • Please ensure your submissions keep strictly to the guidelines we have given.
    • With each creative submission, make sure to include, after the cover page, a 500 word synopsis if the submission is an excerpt of a larger work.
    • We strongly encourage submissions of work in African languages. If there is no professionally produced literary translation of creative submission in an African language, we will arrange to have one done.
    • Translations into English of creative submissions originally written in French/German/Spanish/Portuguese or other language are welcome.
    • Where necessary, we will arrange for professional literary translations of creative submissions into English.
  • ALL Submissions, as well as queries, should be e-mailed to: africa39project@gmail.com.
  • Submissions will be read by a panel headed by Binyavanga Wainaina which will submit  a long-list of 120 authors to the final judges by 15th December 2013.
  • The distinguished judging panel will include the following eminent literary figures: Elechi Amadi, Tess Onwueme, and Margaret Busby.
  • The judges will select the final 39 winners from this long-list of 120, and announce them in April 2014 at the London Bookfair and in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
  • Rainbow Book Club and Hay Festival will contact the 39 authors selected for the Africa39 Project to inform them that they have been selected, and to commission from each, a short story or extract that will be published in the anthology. The prestigious publishing house Bloomsbury is committed to publishing the anthology in English by October 2014 if the commissioned works by the authors are ready by end of March 2014.
  • Nobel Prize winner Professor Wole Soyinka will write the introduction to the anthology.
  • Renowned editor, Ellah Allfrey (OBE), will edit the anthology.
  • The judges’ decision is final and under no circumstances will they enter into any correspondence with entrants regarding their decisions.
  • The copyright of each submission remains with its owner.

 

 

 

 

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URGENT Call for submissions: Africa39 Longlist – A Letter from Binyavanga Wainaina

URGENT Call for submissions: Africa39

Binyavanga Wainana
Binyavanga Wainana

Dear Friends, Writers, publishers and African Literary organisations,

My name is Binyavanga Wainaina. I am the coordinator of the Africa39 Longlist.

I write to you with some urgency. I have recently been contracted to put together a long-list of 120 of most promising fiction authors under the age of 40 from Africa South of the Sahara and diaspora.

This is a huge undertaking and will lead to an announcement of 39 of the most promising African writers under the age of 40 in April 2014. Time is of the essence.

I have to submit this longlist by the 15th of December 2013. I would like to encourage all published fiction writers who qualify to apply.

As many of you may have heard, Port Harcourt City in Rivers State, Nigeria has been conferred the status of UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014. It is the first African city south of the Sahara to be given such status.

The Port Harcourt Book Fair (PHBF) is an initiative of the Governor of Rivers State, Nigeria and is an event for writers, book sellers, literary connoisseurs and all major players in the book industry.

The PHBF in 2014 with Port Harcourt as the World Book Capital City will therefore be a major pan-African and international literary event which will significantly advance the state of literacy, literature, and publishing in Africa.

I am asking you please to distribute this application document to your contacts, mailing lists, writers, media, and other relevant networks and forums.

PLEASE refer all replies & queries ONLY to:  africa39project@gmail.com

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