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The US-based magazine Boston Review has announced short story and poetry contests, each worth $1,000 and publication, both based on “a new contest model shaped by social justice and accessibility concerns.” The magazine, among whose editors is Junot Diaz, is most noted in the African literary scene for having published “Hitting Budapest,” the short story by NoViolet Bulawayo which received the 2011 Caine Prize and became the opening chapter of her Booker Prize-shortlisted novel We Need New Names.

The Aura Estrada Short Story Contest will be judged by Ivelisse Rodriguez, while the Annual Poetry Contest will be judged by Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Both Rodriguez and Gumbs are American. Both contests have the same theme: “Ancestors.” The contests were last year judged by the Kenyan novelist Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and the Somali poet Ladan Osman.

The magazine’s new model ensures that entrants for the prizes who live outside the US, Canada, and Western Europe are exempted from the $20 submission fee.

Visit Boston Review for guidelines. 

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction 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 Curator at 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 work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. 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 has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. 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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