The James Currey Prize for African Literature is currently accepting submissions for its maiden edition.

The prize, which is administered by World Arts Agency founder Onyeka Nwelue, was established this year. In honor of James Currey, whose work in academic publishing has made considerable impact on African literary culture, the prize is awarded to “the best unpublished work of fiction written in English by any writer, set in Africa or on Africans in Africa or in Diaspora.”

Only novels manuscripts are considered for the prize. According to the prize’s website, the winner will receive £1,000 and an agency offer from World Art Agency.

Writers can submit up to two full-length unpublished manuscripts of fiction in English. Submissions should be made via email to [email protected]

The deadline is April 1, 2021. 

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For the full guidelines, entry eligibility, and terms & conditions, go here.