Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets

The submission period is currently open until Nov. 15. It costs nothing to enter! To read how to submit to the prize, click here or follow the guidelines below* Eligibility: The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets will only
accept “first book” submissions from African writers who have not
published a book-length poetry collection. This includes self-published
books if they were sold online, in stores, or at readings. An “African
writer” is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national
or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African. Only
poetry written in English is eligible, although translated poetry will be
accepted and a percentage of the prize awarded to the translator.
* When to send: Manuscripts will be accepted between September 15th and
November 15th.
* Manuscript: Poetry manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long. The
author’s name should not appear on the manuscript. All entries will be
read anonymously. Include a cover page listing only thetitle of the
manuscript. You may submit more than one manuscript.
* Fee: There is no entry fee for this contest.
* Notification: The winner will be announced on the African Poetry Book
Fund website on or before January 1.

If you have questions, contact African Poetry Book Series Managing Editor,
Marianne Kunkel, at

Marianne Kunkel
Managing Editor, African Poetry Book Fund and Series
Andrews 123
University of Nebraska
Lincoln NE 68588-0334

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