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 The prize is open to an unpublished work of fiction (between 3,000 and 5,000 words) by an African/black writer.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).
The deadline for submissions is December 9, 2020.
- 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- Submissions must be previously unpublished.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].
COMMENTS ( 5 ) -
Mmesoma October 22, 2021 20:34
The info says the deadline is December 9, 2020. I don't know if it's a mistake. I think it should be 2021 not 2020
Fortune Mgwenya October 05, 2021 07:46
I'd like to enter the 2021 competition, is it still Open? Hoping to hear from you soon.
Chioma March 09, 2021 15:06
I would have loved to participate
Uwase salima January 22, 2021 14:42
Hello am verry pleased to know that In africa there is these competitions ... I like writting and I ve published some books and if am luck one day I wish to send my work here too ... And I hope it will inspire many people around africa ... Thank you verry much for giving young generation a courage to write and fights the dark by the brightness of the truth and testimonies... I would like to ask you if you accept fiction ones , about real life,love and everything cause that's what I wrote about.... God bless africa "
Chibuikem Anyanwu October 22, 2020 04:54
This is a wonderful prize at a time when choas and anarchy pervades the Nigerian space. So much to write, so much to reminisce on, so much to know why we have to believe in our existence over essence.