July’s Calls for & Opportunities… roundup

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Catch up with our “calls for” post this month, for opportunities and contributions – academic and creative – collated from various platforms and across our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. (This month we are taking a short hiatus from our general news wrap-up of the the African cultural and literary calendar, but we will be back!)

Do get in touch and let us know if there are any other calls or opportunities that we can feature in our next post, as well as if there are any crossovers, overlaps, productively inter-generating and co-productive conversations between them that we can help to make visible and draw out…

Our Contact Us page has all the details you need, or catch us on our SMs: Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Scholarly & Academic – CFPs and CFAs

Journals, Special Issues & Edited Collections:

African Literature Today (ALT) 40 is calling for papers on the topic of African Literature Comes of Age. See more details here: https://africanlit.org/cfp-african-literature-comes-of-age/

Papers are due 16 November, 2021. 


The African Studies Association (ASA) is excited to continue our AfricaNow! format to accommodate emerging issues on our Annual Meeting program. These sessions will feature late-breaking issues that emerged subsequent to the close of the ASA CFP. More information can be found here: https://africanstudies.org/africanow/

Deadline: 10th September.



Call for papers for a Special Issue of Kohl: A Journal for Body and Gender Research on ‘Anticolonial Feminist Imaginaries

You are welcome to submit in any form, including but not limited to: visual essays; speculative pieces; research notes; reflective pieces; journal articles; archival documents with commentary; photographs; fiction and autobiography; pieces in the form of fragments; and poetry. https://kohljournal.press/anticolonial-feminist-imaginaries

Deadline: 1st September:



SOAS, University of London are looking for a permanent lecturer in West African Languages and Cultures. The department of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics is based at SOAS in Bloomsbury, London (home working currently due to COVID-19). The successful candidate must be based in the UK for the duration of their contract.

Closing date:  Sunday, 22 August 2021.


Creative-Critical – Makers & Producers


UK-based The Stephen Lawrence Research Centre has a call out for Black/diasporic filmmakers, visual artists, community workers, creative or early-career scholars who are interested in making or are already in the process of creating a film or a digital artwork or installation engaging critical conversations about how Black people utilise concepts of joy across the African/Black Diaspora. Funding will be provided to five artists with a small grant of £700 each to produce film shorts focusing on community centred ideas of joy which radically decentre notions of Black abjection.

Deadline: 3rd September.



Ake Review is calling poets, artists, writers of fiction and non-fiction to submit work for their 8th edition on the theme: “Generational Discordance“.

The deadline is the end of this week: 6th August 2021.


Submit your creative work to “Our Move Next: Speculative Fiction Anthology”. The invitation goes to African writers, artists, and activists who can imagine sci-fi/speculative futures and the idea of changing the world.

Deadline is upcoming: 13th August.


Unoma Azuah in collaboration with Women’s Initiative for Sustainable Empowerment and Equality (WISE) calls for true life stories from queer West African women to be published in a creative nonfiction anthology, “Between Man and God”. https://artsloungenyc.com/2021/05/08/call-for-submission-announcing-the-2250-queer-womens-writing-contest/#google_vignette

Submission window closes: 15th August.



Submit for the second Graywolf Press for African Fiction Prize – for a first novel, full-length, previously unpublished manuscripts – published by Graywolf!

Deadline August 31st:



Submissions are open for the Miles Morland Foundation’s 2021 Writing Scholarships for African writers. Candidates submit an excerpt from their work (fiction or nonfiction) between 2,000 – 5,000 words, written in English that has been published and offered for sale.

Deadline: Saturday 18th September.





Johannesburg’s The Market Theatre Laboratory invites a new generation of performing arts pioneers to apply for our renowned Theatre and Performance Programme.

Applications for study in 2022 are open from 1 August – 30 September 2021:


Thank you all for reading, and for being here with us. As we said at the head of the post, if there are academic, scholarly or creative, critical calls for… or any other opportunities that you’d like to see featured on the site, or if you’d like to connect up and we can help, in any way – don’t hesitate to get in touch. Our Contact Us page has all the details you need, or catch us on our SMs.


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