Call for Applications: Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2023 | Kshs 100,000 prize

Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2023 (Kshs 100,000 prize)

Call for Applications: Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2023 | Kshs 100,000 prize

The Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2023 is now accepting applications. Andrew Maina, a writer from Kenya, founded the Kendeka Prize for African Literature. It aims to inspire more writing and reading among Africans. New writing skills have been found by participation in this competition, and when they are developed, they may become renowned authors like Ngugi Wa Thiongo and Chimamanda Ngozi Andichie, among others.

The main goal, aim, vision, and mission of the Kendeka Prize for African Literature, a Non-Profit Company Limited by Guarantee registered in Kenya, is to support emerging and established writers from the African Continent and the Diaspora by giving them a platform to share their stories with a wider audience outside of Africa. By encouraging aspiring authors to write about topics impacting Africa from an African viewpoint, the Prize amplifies the voices of Africans around the world.

Many upcoming and existing African writers face challenges in publication and distribution of their literary work. The Prize has created opportunities for nurturing new talent, supporting existing writers bring to the wider reading audiences the social, economic and cultural issues affecting the day-to-day lives of African peoples on the Continent and in the Diaspora, the stories of beauty, achievements, resilience and the many mountains, valleys, deserts, lakes and seas traversed by people, young and old, through the ages.

Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2023 Prizes

  • The 1st prize will be Kshs.100,000
  • The 2nd prize will be Kshs.50,000
  • The 3rd prize will be Kshs.25,000

Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2023 Eligibility

  • Open to new and existing writers from the African Continent.
  • The Prize will be awarded for the best unpublished short story either in fiction or creative non-fiction.
  • Entrants must be born in or are citizens of any African country.
  • One entry per writer.

Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2023 Submission Guidelines

  • Manuscripts should be of between 3000 and 5000 words.
  • All entries must be in English.
  • Entries should be attached in Microsoft Word or Rich Text format, with the title of the story as the file name.
  • The first page of the story should include the title of the story and the number of words.
  • The entry must be typed in Times New Roman 12 point font with 1.5 line spacing.
  • Entries must be sent as attachments to an email.
  • The email to which the story is attached must include the legal name of the writer, telephone number, a short Bio, age, and country of residence.
  • Entrants agree that the prize organizers may publicize the fact that a story has been entered, long listed, shortlisted or won the prize.
  • An author of a long listed story agrees to its inclusion in the anthology, and to work with editors to get the story ready for publication.
  • The long listing of a story is not a guarantee that the story shall be included in the anthology.
  • The winners, first and second runners-up in the past Kendeka Prize, are not eligible.
  • Every author confirms that the submission is their original work, it has not been published anywhere else, and that it has not been long listed in this prize or in any other prize.
  • The entrant gives exclusive global print and digital rights to Solano Publications Ltd for the long listed stories for publication in an anthology. The author retains the copyright.
  • The judges’ decision is final.

Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2023 Application

Kendeka Prize for African Literature is accepting entries from February 1, 2023 to May 15, 2023 for its 2023 edition. The entry is free.

Entries can be sent to [email protected].

For more information, visit Kendeka Prize for African Literature.

Deadline: May 15, 2023



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