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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 The $1,000 prize, which is in its first year, is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction by an African.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 deputy editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He combined English and History at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is completing a postgraduate degree in African Studies, and taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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