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Quramo Writers Prize 2022

Quramo Publishing Ltd. (QPL) is officially accepting entries for the 6th edition of its annual Quramo Writers’ Prize 2022 (QWP) from February 1 2022

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Quramo writers prize 2022

 Quramo Publishing Ltd. (QPL) is officially accepting entries for the 6th edition of its annual Quramo Writers’ Prize 2022 (QWP) from Tuesday, 1 February 2022.

Created in 2017 as an avenue for fresh writers to showcase their manuscripts to the global literary community, and contribute their works to the canonization of Africa literature, the Quramo Writers’ Prize celebrates unpublished writers who are working every day to hone their craft and record our continent’s original stories. 

The prize aims to encourage and stimulate a new community of talented writers, providing an opportunity for otherwise unexposed talent to achieve publishing recognition and encouragement.

In its sixth year, the prize, which was first won by Samuel Monye (Give Us Each Day), has gone on to produce amazing writers with equally brilliant debut novels across the continent. Monye’s Give Us Each Day was longlisted for the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature 2021.

 Last year, Akintomiwa Akinnimi Oluwaseun was announced as the winner, with his manuscript Looking Glass Bullet, which is currently under development to be published and released in early fall 2022.

For QWP 2022, we are inviting unpublished African writers to submit a fiction prose manuscript, with a maximum word count of 30,000. 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 Prize is awarded to a fiction prose manuscript by an African writer published in English, whether they reside in Africa or elsewhere. Each entry must be an original, unpublished work.

Submissions open on 1 February 2022 and close on 31 May 2022. All submissions should be made through the official Quramo website, and must follow all the submission guidelines explicitly stated on the site as failure to do so may lead to immediate disqualification.

The winner of the Quramo Writers’ Prize will receive a cash remuneration of one million naira (₦1,000,000), and a development publishing deal

Entries are invited from: 1st February to 31st May, 2022  

2022 Judges: TBD

Prize: ₦1Million and a Publishing Deal

Shortlist prize: Manuscript Feedback, Publishing Deal Consideration, and Creative Writing Workshop

Longlist prize: Creative Writing Masterclass

Submissions: Complete manuscript with a maximum of 30,000 words plus one-page synopsis of full-length novels for adults or young adults

Entry fee: Free

Eligibility: Open worldwide to unpublished African writers. Self-published or independently published are also not eligible.


All entries outside the following requirements are liable for disqualification:

The Quramo Writers’ Prize is only open to unpublished Africans living within and outside the continent 

The fiction prose manuscript must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.

 Published work is not eligible for the prize.

Short story collections, plays, and poetry are not eligible.

Manuscripts must contain not more than 30,000 words.

All entrants must be legal adults (18 years and above). Children are not eligible for the prize.

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
  • 1.5 line spacing
  • Page numbers on each page
All submissions must be sent in with the following information:

  • A one-page synopsis (click link for some guidance on how to write a winning synopsis)
  • A short personal biography of 100 words max. (in third person POV)
  • Social media profiles (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook)
  • Full (legal) name
  • Physical address
  • Email address
  • Phone number
Manuscripts submitted to the QWP 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.

Entries that do not comply with the competition rules will be disqualified.

All longlisted entrants must be available to participate in a publicity campaign from the date of announcement of the longlist leading up to the unveiling of the winner of the prize.

The winner of the competition shall be eligible to receive a sum of ₦1,000,000 (One Million Naira) and a publishing contract with Quramo Publishing Limited.

Quramo Publishing shall have a right of first refusal for the second book by the winner.

The winner undertakes to participate and work with editors at Quramo Publishing at every material time for the development and publication of the manuscript, upon execution of the development publishing agreement.

The winner undertakes to commit fully to the promotion and publication of the book upon publication.

Quramo reserves the right to refuse to award the prize should it come to a decision that none of the manuscripts submitted is worthy of winning the prize.




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