Call for Submissions: Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets (Deadline: 01 December 2018)

We are delighted to share that The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry is now open for submissions, and remains open until 01 December.

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The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poetry is awarded annually to an African poet who has not yet published a collection of poetry. 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. The winner will receive USD $1000 and a book publication through the University of Nebraska Press.

Previous winners of the prize include Mahtem ShiferrawSafia ElhilloLadan Osman, Bernard Matambo and the most recent winner, Tjawangwa (TJ) Dema.

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2017 ‘New Generation’ Publication. Image courtesy of African Poetry Book Fund (APBF)

  • Submission
    • No entry fee is required.
    • Manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long.
    • The African Poetry Book Fund Editorial Board will judge submissions.
    • A winner will be announced in January 2019.
    • The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets accepts electronic submissions ONLY. Please submit your work via this link

Deadline: December 1, 2018

For more information, please visit the African Poetry Book Fund

You can also contact the Book Prize Coordinator if you wish, at:

You can find more information about the prize and submission details again here





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