Writivism announces $500 Writing Prize for aspiring African authors

David Tumusiime

The Writivism Literary Initiative has announced a $500 writing competition prize for authors based in Africa. The Writivism Short Story and Koffi Addo Prize is accepting entries from African writers who have not published a book yet.

The longlists of ten stories for each prize will be announced on March 1, 2019, followed by online mentoring (March 1 – April 30, 2019), shortlists of three stories for each prize announced on May 1, 2019, and the annual Writivism Literary Festival where the winners will be announced and the annual anthology unveiled, will take place between August 15 – 17, 2019.

Winning entries will be handsomely compensated with USD $500 on top of being published in an anthology, among other perks. Below is a breakdown.

Each winner:

takes home USD $500,
attends a fully funded one-month writing (editing) residency at Stellenbosch University,
publishes their debut book with Black Letter Media,
is funded to attend the annual Writivism literary festival in Kampala,
publishes their winning story in the Writivism annual anthology, and
participates in the annual two-month online Writivism mentoring programme.

Each shortlisted writer:

takes home USD $150,
is funded to attend the annual Writivism literary festival in Kampala,
publishes their shortlisted story in the Writivism annual anthology, and
participates in the annual two-month online Writivism mentoring programme.

More details on eligibility can be found on the Writivism website.

The Center for African Cultural Excellence promotes contemporary African ideas through the arts and culture, specifically the Writivism Literary Initiative, which runs two literary prizes, coordinates an online mentoring programme, publishes annual anthologies, and curates an annual literary festival in Kampala (with outreach activities for schools, hospitals and markets), in collaboration with established writers, publishers, festivals, blogs, universities, nonprofits, philanthropists, podcasts, media outlets and other players in the African literary and arts community.

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