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African Writers Trust (AWT) is a non-profit collective that seeks to promote the sharing of skills and resources, and to foster knowledge between writers in the African continent and in the diaspora. Founded in 2009 by the Ugandan novelist Goretti Kyomuhendo and currently headquartered in London, its board includes the novelists Zakes Mda, Helon Habila, Aminatta Forna, and Leila Aboulela. Kyomuhendo was recently named among New African‘s “100 Most Influential Africans of 2019.”

AWT has announced its second publishing fellowship for “early career publishers and creative writers intending to self-publish their manuscripts.” Applications are open to writers from Uganda, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique. Expenses will be covered for successful candidates. Fellows will be invited to apply for a seed funding budget worth €4,200. The first fellowship was announced in 2018.

The Publishing Fellowship programme was designed to create a step-change in the book sector in Africa, by focusing on professional development of upcoming talent in African publishing over three years (2018-2021). The overall objective of the programme is to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, skills, expertise, experiences and collaborative learning between the more experienced publishers and the early career and emerging ones.

For the full details, go to AWT’s website.

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Chukwuebuka Ibeh is a Staff Writer at Brittle Paper. An alumnus of the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, his work has been published in McSweeneys, Clarion Review, Charles River Journal and elsewhere. He was longlisted for the Awele Creative Trust Award in 2017 and was a finalist for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award. In 2019, he was named by Electric Literature as 'One of the Most Promising New Voices of Nigerian Fiction' in a feature introduced by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. He is a regular contributor with the New England Review of Books and lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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