Call for Submissions: Sawti Poetry Prize (Deadline: 10 August)

Sawti Poetry Prize | Tuzo Ya Ushairi Ya Sawti

3 Categories  3 Winners   £500 Prize Each

The Sawti Poetry Prize is open!

The project organisers welcome submissions in the following languages; English, Arabic, and Kiswahili. This prize is a contribution towards efforts to engage with local and diasporic East African writers. To participate, poets are asked to respond to the following brief:

‘Poetry as Preservation’ – Exploring poems that seek to identify, rework and archive narratives of preserving a life, a language, a memory, a history or a practice.


The prize is open to poets born or are a national of the following East African countries (this also extends to poets whose parents are born or are a national of these countries):

Tanzania, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Somalia, Somaliland, Djibouti, Eritrea, Burundi, Mozambique, Madagascar, South Sudan, Malawi, Seychelles, Mauritius, Comoros, Réunion, Mayotte.

The submission is for 3 poems for any (language) section of the prize. These may have been published before, though the prize is not open to poets who have published a full-length poetry collection (chapbooks not included).

Find out much more about the prize and its judges here:

Please read the rules carefully to ensure your submission meets the guidelines and is accepted for consideration. You can read the guidelines here

Send your poetry to

The deadline for submissions is 10 August 2019.









Visit Sawti’s website here

And, find them on Facebook and Twitter @projectsawti  #SawtiPoetryPrize






Founded by Sumia Jaama and Momtaza Mehri. Sawti is funded and supported by the ‘British Council’s East Africa Arts’ Programme.

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