The Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), runs two annual prizes for short stories – Writivism Short Story Prize – and creative fiction – Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non-Fiction. The Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non-Fiction is sponsored by the Koffi Addo family. This year’s Writivism Short Story Prize is sponsored by The Story Club, Malawi.

Both prizes are currently open for submissions and will be closing on 31 March 2018.

These two prizes are aimed at emerging African writers, and so only accept submissions from authors who haven’t published their own books as yet.

The shortlisted writers are published in the annual anthology published by Black Letter Media. They may also be invited to attend the annual Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda, in August 2018 and will each be awarded $100 (USD) cash.

The winners of each of the prizes will be awarded $500 (USD) cash and may be considered for a one-month writing residency at a university in an African country. The winners also get the chance to go on a writing residency and the chance to have their first book published by Black Letter Media.

The short story prize panel will be chaired by Shadreck Chikoti, a writer, publisher and representative of the Story Club of Malawi, who are sponsoring the prize. Chikoti will be joined by Beatrice Lamwaka, an award-winning Ugandan short story writer and Emmanuel Sigauke, a writer, editor, and longstanding member of the Writivism Council of advisors.

The Koffi Addo prize for creative non-fiction panel will be chaired by Akwaeke Emezi, a novelist and memoirist. She will be joined by Daniel Kalinaki, a journalist, biographer and General Manager- Editorial of Nation Media Group (Uganda) and Sumayya Lee, a novelist, editor and longstanding member of the Writivism Council of advisors. The prize is sponsored by the Koffi Addo family, through MAKEDA.

The deadline is drawing near so we encourage you to get your work ready and submit while there’s still time. Don’t leave it till the last minute.

For competition rules and submission go to The 2018 Writivism Short Story Prize Submission Guidelines — Writivism and The 2018 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative Nonfiction Submission Guidelines.



The 2016 Writivism Anthology: Sundown and Other Stories is on sale in print and digital formats at a good bookshop near you, including Amazon, African Flavour Books (SA), (SA), Turn The Page Africa (UG), Magunga Books (KE), Okadabooks (NG), Acacia Books (RW)

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