Afritondo is currently accepting submissions for the second edition of the Afritondo Short Story Prize. The prize is open to an unpublished work of fiction (between 3,000 and 5,000 words) by an African/black writer.

The winner receives a cash prize of $1000. In a highly commendable development, Afritondo will now award $100 to each of the four shortlisted writers. The longlist will be published in an anthology. Afritondo will also be looking to offer publishing contracts to selected writers.

The first edition of the prize, themed “Love” was judged by the South African writer Megan Ross, Nigerian writer and editor Kelechi Njoku and Kenyan writer Gloria Mwaniga. The 2020 winner was South African short story writer Jared Thompson for “A Good Help is Hard to Find.”

The theme of the 2021 prize is “identity.”  Entrants are encouraged to draw inspiration from the recent protests against police brutality and racial discrimination all over the world and to play with form and imagination. The judges for this year’s prize are Ivoirean writer Edwige Renée Dro (Chair), Kenyan writer Kiprop Kimutai, and South African editor, feminist and poet Maneo Mohale. (see more about the judges here).

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The deadline for submissions is December 9, 2020.

Submission Guidelines.

  • Entrants must be of African descent or belong to a black minority group.
  • Submissions must be in English.
  • Submissions must be previously unpublished.
  • Submissions must be entrant’s own work.
  • Submissions should be sent via email to [email protected]

Go here for the full guidelines.

Enquiries should be addressed to Munachim Amah at [email protected].