Apply for 2020 African Writers Awards

African Writers Awards

DEADLINE: JUNE 15, 2020 ― Writers in Africa are encouraged to apply for the African Writers Awards.

The African Writers Awards is hosted every year by the African Writers Development Trust since 2018.

The African Writers Development Trust hosts the African Writers Awards as the highpoint of the African Writers Conference.

The categories for the awards are Short stories, Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Children’s literature.

For 2020, African Writers Awards is pleased to announce a call for submission for the 2020 African Writers Awards under the theme ‘The African Identity’.

The African Writers Awards is also pleased to announce a cash prize of $100 to each winner of the award.

Submissions are accepted from the following categories:

  • Poetry (Either Blank verse, Pantoum, Haiku or Senryu)
  • Creative Non-fiction – 1,500 words maximum
  • Drama – 6 Acts Maximum

Applicants are allowed to submit to one category only while the author retains the copyright.

Applicants are also encouraged to submit entries that have not previously been published anywhere.

The previous winners of the award are:


Children’s Literature – Roise by Manu Herbstein (Ghana)

Flash Fiction – Fragments by Maryhilda Ibe (Nigeria)

Poetry – A Battle Cry to be Read Loudly and Softly by Chiamaka Onu-Okpara (Nigeria)

Short Stories – Dawn by Benson Mugo (Kenya)


Children’s Literature – The Zappinator by Eme Ogbu (Nigeria)

Flash Fiction – Breaking the Norm; Ungrateful Girl by Temani Nkalolang (Botswana)

Poetry – Pongwe’s Life by Andrea B Matambo (Zambia)

Short Stories – Hiding by Priscillar Matara (Botswana)





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