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Short Story Competitions In Africa 2023

Here are a compiled list of short story competitions in Africa 2023 that are available to writers to submit their entries.


Short Story Competitions In Africa 2023

Short story competitions in Africa 2023



Here are a compiled list of short story competitions in Africa 2023 that are available to writers to submit their entries.

Short Story competitions in Africa are often organized by literary societies, literary platform or some sectors in Africa who are committed to promoting art and literature in Africa at large. There's had been some considerable development at which contests are being organized nowadays and kudos goes to the internet for such massive publicity.

Here are some tips to know while submitting entries for a writing contests or competitions in Africa 2023.

The compiled list of the short story competitions in Africa 2023 are the foregoing.



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Short Story Competitions In Africa 2023


The contests are organized based on the days and months of deadlines.

January Short Story Competitions In Africa 2023

  • European Writing Prize 2023

The European Society of Literature hosts many writing competitions each year, but the European Writing Prize is the most prestigious of them all. The annual competition will help showcase a variety of writers from different backgrounds, and this year marks the first.

 The theme is usually quite vague so as to give authors room to add as much of their own individuality and creativity to their pieces as possible.

Submissions will open on 1 October 2022, and will close on 1 January 2023. The longlist will be published 2 weeks later, on 15 January 2023

Theme For The European Writing Prize 2022

The theme for this European Writing Prize is ‘Anxiety’. Writers should incorporate the notion of anxiety into their work however they see fit.

 What matters most is whether you submit a fine piece of writing — it isn’t so much about how close to the prize theme you make your work.

Who can submit?

Anyone! Despite ‘European’ being in the title, you can submit a piece of writing regardless of where you are in the world. We only ask that your submission be written in English, as our judges mostly speak that as their first language. 

What’s the prize if I win?
  • The prize for the winner will be as follows:
  • 50 euros paid via PayPal or bank transfer
  • Automatic lifetime membership into The European Society of Literature
  • Publication in the following quarterly literary journal of TESL
  • Potential talks with literary agents — they may scout the shortlist and winners.
  • The prestige associated with being victorious! An unmatched opportunity to get your foot in the burgeoning literary industry of Europe and the Americas.
There is no entry fee



  • Island Prize For African Writers 2023

Founded by Booker longlisted author Karen Jennings, we are delighted to announce that The Island Prize has opened submissions for its second year running.

The Island Prize is a literary prize that has been curated with the primary aim of helping African writers break into the UK publishing scene. This prize is open to unpublished debut novelists from all African countries, or the diaspora. All short-listed writers will be read by publishers and agents both in the UK, US, and South Africa.

The first year of The Island Prize exceeded all expectations. We received over 120 entries from all over the continent, a fine and diverse long list, and then an excellent shortlist. The winner already has a UK agent as a direct result of the prize, and three books have been offered publishing contracts. The competition has aroused much interest in the UK, and we expect even more this year.

All long-listed authors will receive detailed feedback on their submission, with their entire manuscript being read by industry professionals.

All short-listed authors will receive in-depth editorial attention to their entire manuscript, working closely with publishers, agents, and our judges to ready their work for submittance to agencies and publishers once the winner has been announced.

Prizes For Island Prize For African Writers

Winner – £500
Two Runners Up (Shortlist) – £200

Both the winner and runners up will receive detailed editorial feedback and will be mentored by industry professionals and read by UK and US agents.


Deadline: January 6, 2023

  • Nine Dots Prize 2023

The Nine Dots Prize has now revealed the question it will pose as part of a global problem-solving competition, offering US$100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press for the winning response. 

The question for the 2023/2024 cycle is: ‘Why has the rule of law become so fragile?’

First launched in 2016 and now in its fourth cycle, the Nine Dots Prize encourages innovative thinking and engaging new writing that confronts some of the most significant issues of our time. The Prize is judged entirely anonymously and seeks submissions from both established names and emerging talent, including those who may not have been published before.

Entrants must respond to the set question in 3,000 words and provide an outline showing how they would expand their response into a short book of between 25,000-40,000 words, backed up with relevant research and evidence. 

The winner will receive editorial support from Cambridge University Press as well as the opportunity to spend a term at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH), at Cambridge University, to help develop their ideas and focus on their writing.

Deadline: Monday 23rd January 2023



  • Ako Caine Prize For African Writing 2023

The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing is a registered charity whose aim is to bring African writing to a wider audience using our annual literary award. In addition to administering the Prize, we work to connect readers with African writers through a series of public events, as well as helping emerging writers in Africa to enter the world of mainstream publishing through the annual Caine Prize writers’ workshop which takes place in a different African country each year.


Eligibility Criteria For The Ako Caine Prize 2023

The story must have been published in the five years preceding the submissions deadline. For 2023 eligibility, the judges will only consider work published between 1st February 2018 and 25th January 2023.

Entries must be more than 3,000 words or less than 10,000 words.

Deadline: Thursday 26th January 2023 (12:00 GMT).



  • Welkin Writing Prize 2023
From the organizer:

I’m running this competition as a thank you to the writing community which has done so much to support both my writing and my freelance work over the past few years. In September 2022, I was lucky enough to receive a DYCP grant from Arts Council England to fund paid research and writing time, and this competition feels like a small thing that I can do to pay forwards my good fortune. As such, the competition is free to enter and I hope it will be a welcoming space for all writers. The competition is open to all forms of narrative prose, be that flash fiction, short-short, vignette, haibun, hermit crab, prose poem or work that sits outside such labels. There is a whole universe (or welkin) of possibilities.


Prizes For Welkin Writing Prize 2023

The competition will award prizes for:

  1. 1st place (£150 + annual membership of Writers' HQ worth £190)
  2. 2nd place (£75 + AdHoc Fiction book voucher worth £25)
  3. 3rd place (£50 + a copy of "Deflection" by Roberta Beary)
There are additional prizes of £25 for the best non-placed:

writer with a disability or chronic health conditionL, GBTQ+ writer, working class writer, writer whose first (or home) language isn't English carer for an adult dependent, new writer (for a writer with five or fewer publishing credits).

Deadline: 28th February 2023 at 11:59pm GMT.



  • Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest 2023

Three times a year, Jerry Jazz Musician awards a writer who submits, in our opinion, the best original, previously unpublished work of short fiction.

The Jerry Jazz Musician reader has interests in music, social history, literature, politics, art, film and theater, particularly that of the counter-culture of mid-twentieth century America. Our newsletter subscribers include publishers, artists, musicians, and fellow writers. While your writing should appeal to a reader with these interests and in these creative professions, all story themes are considered.

No entry fee is required. One story entry only. Simultaneous submissions are accepted.

The contest is open to entrants from anywhere in the world (English language only please)

A prize of $150 will be awarded for the winning story.

Deadline: January 31, 2023



  • Imagine Little Tokyo Short Story Contest 2023

Celebrate and participate in the 10th Anniversary of LTHS’ popular program with your fictional story about Little Tokyo. Winners of Adult, Youth (18 and under) and Japanese language categories will receive a special prize of $1,000. 

Story submission deadline is January 31, 2023.

The story must be original, fictional, written in either Japanese or English by the submitting author and never been published (even online).


February Short Story Competitions In Africa 2023


  • The Diana Woods Memorial Award 2023

The Diana Woods Memorial Award in creative nonfiction was established in Diana’s memory by her family, friends, and the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA community. Diana Woods Memorial Award serves as a special opportunity for authors worldwide to be published in the literary journal Lunch Ticket. Launched in the spring of 2012, Lunch Ticket is produced by the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA program, an innovative creative writing graduate program devoted to the education of literary artists, community engagement, and the pursuit of social justice.

Twice each year an author of a work of creative nonfiction will be selected for the Diana Woods Memorial Award award by a special guest judge. One author will be chosen for the Summer/Fall issue of Lunch Ticket and one in the Winter/Spring issue. The winning submissions will be published in Lunch Ticket and the recipient will receive $250.


  • The Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize 2023
January 3, 2023—Graywolf Press is pleased to announce that the submission period for the fourth Graywolf Press African Fiction Prize 2023 will run from February 1-28, 2023. 

The prize will be awarded for a first novel by an African author primarily residing in Africa and will be judged by Tsitsi Dangarembga, author of the Booker Prize short-listed This Mournable Body and the forthcoming Black and Female, in conjunction with the Graywolf editors.

Graywolf Press, a nonprofit American publisher, publishes work that is distinctive, artistically singular, and of a high literary quality. For this prize, the judge and the Graywolf editors are seeking novels that are engaged with the current moment and that approach contemporary issues with innovative prose and fresh perspectives.

Submissions must be full-length, previously unpublished first novels, or first novels published in Africa that have not been distributed or available for sale outside of the continent of Africa.


Deadline: February 28




March Short Story Competitions In Africa 2023

  • Annual BSFS Poetry Contest 2023
The contest deadline is March 1.

Entries should address the themes of science fiction/fantasy/horror/science.

1st prize: $100; 2nd prize: $75; 3rd prize: $50.


Limit: 3 poems/person, maximum 60 lines each. 

No entry fee.

  • Please no previously published submissions.
  • Winners will receive a cash prize, convention membership and be invited to read their winning entries at Balticon. Attendance at Balticon is not required to win.
  • Winning poems will be published one time in the BSFAN, the Balticon convention souvenir book. In addition, a pdf version of the winning poems as they appear in the BSFAN will be available on the Balticon Poetry Contest website. Writers retain all rights to their work. By submitting to the contest, entrants agree to these terms









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