Submissions are now open for the 8th edition of the annual Quramo Writers’ Prize (QWP). Unpublished Nigerian and African writers are eligible to submit a fiction prose manuscript by the deadline of May 31.

The Quramo Writers’ Prize was created in 2017 by Quramo Publishing Ltd. (QPL) as an avenue for fresh writers to showcase their manuscripts to the global literary community and contribute their works to the canonization of African literature. The prize aims to encourage and stimulate a new community of talented unpublished writers, providing an opportunity for otherwise unexposed talent to achieve publishing recognition and encouragement.

The winner of the Quramo Writers’ Prize will receive a 1 million Naira cash prize and publishing deal. The shortlisted contestants will get manuscript feedback, publishing deal consideration, and creative writing workshop opportunities as well as miscellaneous prizes, while longlisted writers can participate in a creative writing masterclass and miscellaneous prizes.

Previous prize winners include Samuel Monye, who was longlisted for the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature 2021, and Chiziterem Chijioke, among others.

Submission Guidelines:

  • The Quramo Writers’ Prize is only open to unpublished Nigerian and African writers living within and outside the continent.
  • An “African writer” is taken to mean someone who is a national of an African country, with a parent who is African by birth or nationality.
  • The fiction prose manuscript must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant and in English. Published work is not eligible for the prize.
  • Short story collections, plays, and poetry are not eligible.
  • Manuscripts must contain a minimum of 30,000 words.
  • All entrants must be 16 years of age and above.
  • All entries must be submitted through the submissions portal on the official Quramo website in the following format: Times New Roman font type, MS Word format, Font Size 12, Left justified, Double line spacing, Page numbers on each page.
  • All submissions must be sent in with the following information:
    • A one-page synopsis
    • A short personal biography of 100 words max. (in third person POV)
    • Social media profiles (Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
    • Full (legal) name
    • Physical address
    • Email address
    • Phone number
  • Manuscripts submitted to the QWP Portal must not have been entered into any other competitions running concurrently. Prior entries for the QWP are also ineligible.
  • Identifying information (name, address, etc.) should not be included on the pages of the manuscript.

Go here more submission details.

Deadline: May 31, 2024

Submit here.

Good luck to all applicants!