The Wakini Kuria Prize for Children’s Literature is currently accepting submissions for its third edition. The prize, administered by African Writers Development Trust, is named in honor of Wakini Kuria who served on the Advisory board of the AWDT and as the Chief Editor of Writers Space Africa (WSA) magazine from 2017 until her death in 2019. It awards varying cash prizes to submissions by African writers in the children literature genre.

Submission Guidelines.

  • The call is unthemed.
  • Entries should not exceed 1,200 words and must not have been previously published anywhere including personal blogs.
  • The entry should be sent in MS Word format only to [email protected]. Please include your name, country, a short bio and your social media handles – if any.
  • The writers should be of African descent.

Prize recipients will receive a certificate, and $150, $100, and $75 for winner, second place and third place respectively.

The previous winners are Marjorie Moono Simuyuni (Zambia), Madeha Ezekial Malecela  (Tanzania), Blessing Aliyu Tarfa (Nigeria) and Halieo Motanyane (Lesotho).

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For more on Wakini Kuria’a life and details of the prize, go here. For further inquiries, email  [email protected]