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Submissions have begun for the 2019 K & L Prize for African Literature. The $1,000 prize, which is in its first year, is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction by an African. It considers short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words about or inspired by a historical event on the continent.

The K & L Prize is sponsored by New Zealand-based Nigerian novelist Myles Idoko. Idoko has a master’s degree in creative writing and a doctorate, both from Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. His novel, Black River: An Account of Christmas Preacher, appeared in 2018.

ELIGIBILITY

Entrants must be Africans living in Africa.

Entrants must be between the ages of 18 to 25.

HOW TO APPLY

Your submission should be an attachment accompanied by a bio pasted in the body of the email and containing your age, nationality, and city of residence.

The subject of the email should include your name, age, and short story title.

Send your submission as an attachment to id.ojabo@gmail.com.

Deadline for submission is 1 December 2018.

The judges for the K & L Prize will be announced soon.

 

All inquiries about the K & L Prize should be forwarded to id.ojabo@gmail.com

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OTOSIRIEZE is a writer, literary journalist, former academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. A judge for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award, he is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective which has published two volumes: WE ARE FLOWERS and THE INWARD GAZE. He is the curator of ART NAIJA SERIES, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness: ENTER NAIJA: THE BOOK OF PLACES (October, 2016) focuses on cities in Nigeria; WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017) focuses on professions in Nigeria. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition, and has been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award, both in 2016, and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. He has completed a collection of short stories, YOU SING OF A LONGING, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, the boy just Googles Rihanna. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts editing and writing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze.

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