Entries are officially opened for the Brunel University International African Poetry Prize. You can now enter your poems for a chance to win 3000 pounds. There are also publishing opportunities for shortlisted authors.

The prize was established in 2012 to give African poets a wider, more global audience. It is sponsored by Brunel University and Commonwealth Writers. High profile poets like Warsan Shire, Safia Elhillo, and Gbenfa Adesina—whose work recently appeared on The New York Times Magazine—are past winners. Warsan Shire who is pictured above was featured on Beyonce’s Lemonade album.

The prize is open to African poets only. If you’re wondering whether you are eligible, the organizers of the prize have defined “African poet” as “those who were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African.”

Click HERE to read the rules and then email your poem to BUAPP@brunel.ac.uk. For more information about the prize and the 2017 panel of judges click HERE.

Deadline is DECEMBER 1.


[Please NoteBrittle Paper is not responsible for the organization or further promotion of this prize, neither do we have a stake in its popularity. Address any inquiry to BUAPP@brunel.ac.uk. Thank you. ]


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I'm finishing up a phd at Duke University where I study African novels, which I believe are some of the loveliest things ever written. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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