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Poetry Competitions in Africa 2021 is a compiled list of poetry contests(other writing contests inclusive) that are available for writers to enter

Poetry Competitions In Africa 2021 And Other Writing Contests

Poetry Competitions in Africa 2021


Poetry Competitions in Africa 2021 is a compiled list of poetry contests (other writing competitions in Africa 2021 inclusive) that are available for writers to enter. These are opportunities gathered from many sources online with the prime motive in helping writers give their best shots while entering these contests.








As mentioned earlier, in addition to the Poetry Competitions in Africa 2021 list,  other writing contests in Africa that are ongoing are also provided. Some of them are, short story contests, essay contest and many others. To get more detailed information about this, you can check our homepage.




Worthy of mention, check out some tips on how to submit to poetry contest and magazines. It contains to do's and not to do's. It will definitely make the submission of your entries to the various contests much more easier and prolly interesting enough.

What to look out for in the Poetry Competitions in Africa 2021?

  • Up to date poetry and other writing contests
  • Almost all contest are free to enter. That is, no submission fee.
  • Links are provided for more details for the verification of the contest and Competitions.
  • Join WhatsApp group for more contest updates.
  • It goes beyond only African poetry Competitions 2021. Other international literary contests with no restrictions are also provided. 
  • Most of the contests have added benefit such as publication.


List Of  African Poetry Competitions 2021

AUGUST 2021
SEPTEMBER 2021




OCTOBER 2021

  • 9PETER PORTER POETRY PRIZE
The Peter Porter Poetry Prize is one of the most prestigious prizes for a new poem.  The poetry competition is organized by the Australian Book Review. It was named after, Peter Porter, one of the most recognized poets that emerges from Australia.
There's no restriction as to geographical location nor, is there any for age. 


Guidelines & Requirements: The poem must not be more than 70 lines.

The poem must be in English language. It can also be on any theme 

Poems must not have been previously published.

Entries must be submitted online via the Australian Book Review website.

Entry Fee: $25

Prize: Worth $10,000

Deadline: October 4, 2021.

Other Writing Competitions in Africa 2021

AUGUST 2021
  • VAL WOOD & YORKSHIRE PRIZE 2021
Writers' entries are now being accepted for the Val Wood Prize for Creative Writing 2021: Now & Then. The theme for the competition has been chosen to mark the end of lockdown and reflect times of positive change. 

In addition to the Val Wood Prize 2021, the Yorkshire Prize 2021 is also going to held.

 The contest is organized annually, with the organizers and the judges receiving overwhelming amounts of submission from writers.

However, according to the organizers, they've decided to celebrate local talents. Thus, the reason for splitting the competition into two in order to allow entries to the category of choice.


 Guidelines & Requirements:
There is no required theme.

Poetry will not be considered for the prizes.

The competition is only open to writers who are above 16 years of age.

Entry Fee: Free.

Prize: £100.and publication.

Deadline: August 28, 2021.



October 2021 

The Writer 2021 Short Story Contest | 100 Word Contest


The writer has announced the submission for its Short Story Contest open for writers. Writers are to read the submission guidelines and follow it strictly to avoid disqualification.

The submission guidelines for the writer short story contest is prescribed in PDF format. Interested writers can download the guidelines on the website.

A link for the download is under the post

Deadline: October 5, 2021





November 2021 

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2022

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is one of the most anticipated literary contests in the Commonwealth countries, most especially in Africa. The literary contest has been reputed for its contribution to support writers' works and the ability to give wide publicity based on its large audience.

Surprisingly, the literary contest has been ongoing for ten years now.


The Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2022 is now announced open for writers to submit their best work inorder to contest for a cash prize worth more than $5,000.


Deadline : November 1, 2021.










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