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Opportunities for Creatives

April 2024 Deadlines

➔Call for submission: Mulberry Literary Deadline : APRIL 15, 2024 Mulberry accepts all creative media—from prose, flash, poetry, script, and comics, to film, music, visual art, dance, and everything in-between. Cross-genre, experimental, and hybrid work are always welcome, as well as excerpts of longer pieces. If you’re an undergraduate or graduate student you’re also eligible to submit your application. Please visit the official website here  MULBERRY LITERARY:CALL FOR SUBMISSION
➔CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS Deadline: April 15, 2024 The Safe Photography Project Contest. Restless Development is issuing a call to discover 12 young creatives (aged 18-24) from all regions, who will each craft a photo-essay capturing what “safe” signifies to them and their communities. Apply for the exhibition here SAFE PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT
➔Call for application Mandela Rhodes scholarship 2024-2025 Deadline: April 24, 2024 The scholarship combines financial support with a leadership programme that will challenge you, grow you, and connect you to young African changemakers – just like you. Find out more and apply Mandela Rhodes scholarship

Deadline:April 29th, 2024
Kaba Fest writing workshop

Join the exclusive writing workshop this May at the Kaduna Books and arts festival on the 1st of May 2024.
Join this workshop and learn how to connect , engage and grow a community of book influencers. Apply on the website here KABA FEST WRITING WORKSHOP

➔CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS The Annual Bash Amuneni prize for performance poetry Deadline: 29th APRIL 2024 Apply for the Bash Amuneni prize for Poetry performance 2024. The theme of Poetry for Climate change To register, submit a one minute video on the theme. Post on social media and tag @bashamuneni and @bashamuneniprize on any social media platform. Find more information send an email:
➔THE AUTHOR OF TOMORROW AWARD The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Deadline: 30th April  2024 The Author of Tomorrow Award seeks to discover the budding adventure storytellers of tomorrow. As a segment of the esteemed Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, this annual competition invites young individuals worldwide to submit their captivating adventure narratives written in English. The competition comprises three distinct categories:
  • 11 and Under: Up to 500 words | Prize: £100, along with £150 book tokens for the winner’s school
  • 12-15 years: 1,000 – 2,000 words | Prize: £250, plus £150 book tokens for the winner’s school
  • 16-21 years: 1,500 – 3,000 words | Prize: £1,000
Please visit the official website here for more
➔CALL FOR SUBMISSION: Afrocritik Prize for Criticism 2024 Deadline : 30th April  2024 Submissions are currently being accepted for the 2024 Afrocritik Prize for Criticism, offering a prize of up to $600 USD. Prospective participants are invited to evaluate three African literary works—a novel, a short story, and a poetry collection—with the aim of encouraging critical thinking and fostering cultural dialogue. Established in 2021, Afrocritik is a digital media platform dedicated to covering lifestyle, culture, art, and entertainment, with a specific focus on Africa and the African Diaspora. Its mission is to highlight African creativity and facilitate discussions that advocate for change while striving for a positive portrayal of the continent and its diasporic communities.In anticipation of its third anniversary, Afrocritik inaugurated the Afrocritik Prize for Criticism on March 23. Co-founder Owanate Max-Harry expressed that the prize aims to illuminate the discourse embedded within the works of contemporary African writers. Click here to make a submission.
British Council International Collaboration Grants 2024
Deadline: 30th April, 2024

The British Council International Collaboration Grants, now open for the second round, offer a £1 million funding pool to foster cultural collaborations between UK and global artists, professionals, and organizations. These grants aim to stimulate new bilateral and multilateral partnerships, supporting creative projects and innovative collaborations. Applications must showcase genuine international cooperation, providing tangible benefits to UK and international participants. Projects can explore any theme, with emphasis on diversity, inclusion, and environmental sustainability. Grants range from £25,000 to £75,000. For more information on how to apply.

May 2024 Deadlines

Deadline: May 1st, 2024

To celebrate Wole Soyinka the literary Legend at 90, Onyeka Nwelue has opened entries for all writers and poets to submit poems, non-fiction and eulogies not more than 700 words. These can be submited to: prizes to be won.

➔CALL FOR SUBMISSION The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Deadline: 15 May 2024 The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2024 asks entrants to consider how they deal with adversity, and how community and culture can be used to encourage resilience and hope in a world with a growing number of global issues. The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2024 is now open for entries until 15 May 2024.

Quramo writers prize
Deadline: 31st May 2024.

Get Your Manuscripts Into Shape, it is another opportunity to make your literary and publishing dreams come true. Quramo Publishing Ltd. (QPL) is officially accepting entries for the 8th edition of its annual Quramo Writers’ Prize (QWP) from Friday, 1 March 2024.

Quramo Writers Prize 2024 is inviting unpublished Nigerian and African writers to submit a fiction prose manuscript. 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.

Find more information here: Quramo writing Prize 

Open Arts Manuscript Publishing Deal
Deadline: May 31, 2024

Open Arts invites women writers from Northern Nigeria to submit their fiction or nonfiction manuscripts in English or Hausa for a publishing deal.

Selected women writers from Northern Nigeria will be paid a token for their manuscripts, benefit from intensive workshops, mentorship programmes, networking opportunities, and literary events, and will have their books published in either English or Hausa to a global audience.

For more information about submission please visit OPEN ARTS MANUSCRIPT PUBLISHING DEAL 

Alexander Nderitu Prize for World LiteratureDeadline: 31st May 2024

The Alexander Nderitu Prize for World Literature is open for submissions until May 31, 2024. Theme: “Peace.” Eligible for citizens worldwide above 18. Short story, 3000-5000 words, English/Kiswahili. No entry fee. Submission via email (, with cover letter containing author’s legal name, age, nationality, one-paragraph bio, and contact details. For more information visit the African Griot here: 

June 2024 Deadlines

➔CALL FOR ENTRIES: Tejumola Olaniyan creative writers-in- residence fellowship Deadline : June 1st 2024 Applications are now open to the 2024 Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship, organized by The Africa Institute as part of its African Languages and Translation Program. All applications will be reviewed by The Africa Institute through a committee of peers of well-known writers. Three recipients will be chosen based on the quality of their proposal, and the demonstrated feasibility of completion within the timeframe of the residency. Please follow the guidelines for submission here.

Grist Imagine 2200 Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors 
Deadline: June 24th,2023

Grist is excited to open submissions for the fourth year of our Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors short story contest.

Imagine 2200 celebrates stories that envision the next decades to centuries of equitable climate progress, imagining futures of abundance, adaptation, reform, and hope. We are looking for stories that are rooted in creative climate solutions and community-centered resilience, showing what can happen as solutions take root, and stories that offer gripping plots with rich characters and settings, making that future come alive.

Your submission must be an original fictional story of between 2,500 and 5,000 words that has not been previously published.

Visit the website GRIST SUBMISSION and follow the guidelines 

Submit Essays and Creative Nonfiction on the EndSARS Protest
Deadline: 30th June, 2024

Chibueze Darlington Anuonye in collaboration with  Brittle Paper, seeks essays and creative nonfiction on Nigeria’s EndSARS protest, themed “Who Gave the Order: The History of a People’s Movement.” Deadline: June 30. Submissions: Word count: 2,500-5,000. Payment: $100. Selected pieces published on Brittle Paper on October 10, 2024. Click here for more information on how to submit.

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