Calls for & Opportunities… roundup of November’s (2021)

Here’s our catch up with a monthly selection of “calls for” posts, for opportunities and contributions – academic and creative – that we’ve also been collating from various platforms we visit and revisit, and across our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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.


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Scholarly & Academic – CFPs and CFAs

Scholarly submissions – journals, special issues, edited collections

Final reminder to check out the call for chapters for the book titled Aesthetics of the Future: The Cinema of Jean-Pierre Bekolo. The deadline is December 15, 2021.

“The goal of this edited book is to revisit contemporary approaches in African film criticism by focusing on critical perspectives in Bekolo’s art while expanding a fresh inquiry in the artist’s active engagement with crossing visual, narrative, filmic, theoretical, discursive borders, to name a few; Bekolo’s blurring of (post)modern and postcolonial boundaries with Afrofuturism, for example, highlights the director’s commitment to challenge critical paradigms not only in African filmmaking but also in broader artistic domains.”

Contributors can express their interest by sending a 200-word abstract, a bio blurb with contact information (email, phone number) and institutional affiliation to P. Julie Papaioannou at


Another reminder for participants at the 2021 ALA conference who are invited to submit to The Journal of the African Literature Association, for a special issue on the the conference theme, “Beyond Censorship? Literature, Film, Media, and Public Discourse.”

Submission deadline: January 30, 2022.


Participants / Events – conferences, symposia, colloquia, salons

Call for workshop abstracts on ‘Challenging Mobility Governance,’ as part of a new Wits-Oxford initiative. The deadline for abstracts is 19 December 2022.

More info here:


Academic Positions – jobs, roles, fellow- & studentships

The Department of History at Duke University invites applications for an assistant professor in history of Sub-Saharan Africa.

The deadline for applications is 11.59 PM on 07 January 2022.

View the call and apply here:

Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) has scholarships in African Studies for female African scholars. The deadline for application is 30 January 2022.


And a carry over reminder from our last wrap up – Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa program is calling for entrants to their Doctoral fellowships, with a number of awards granted in each category per year.

Deadline: February 01, 2022.


Creative-Critical – Makers & Producers

A number of fast-approaching deadlines here…

Calls from mags, journals, platforms, anthologies

Quick – double, triple quick! (and when you read the category of entry, you’ll appreciate how hilarious AiW actually can be) – Brittle Paper has a flash fiction competition you could be a part of!  Enter your writing submissions by 08 December.

Also fast upcoming, Writers Space Africa is accepting submissions for the 62nd issue of its magazine until 14 December. Submit now! 

And Bakwa Magazine is currently open for submissions for its 11th issue, revolving around the primary question posed by its guest editor: “What does it mean to be a woman?”. Check out the site at the link below for this evocative and broad call.

The deadline for submitting your work is 10 January.


Writers – Awards / Prizes

Debut novels – in another upcoming deadline – a reminder of the Island Prize for debut African novelists has opened and is accepting submissions until 12 December.


Shorts – And in another repeat reminder from last month… the third edition of the Afritondo Short Story Prize is open for entry until the 15th December.

Check out the full guidelines: here.

Books by British or British resident writers of colour… there’s a last call for the Jhalak Prize with a deadline of December 15th.

Nonfiction/Essayists – remember that Writers Space Africa shared the call for a new creative nonfiction/essay prize and anthology from Libretto Publishers in this beautiful poster and call? Their submissions window closes on December 31st.

Shorts – And publishers can submit short stories to the AKO Caine Prize for African Writing 2022 now! The submissions window is open until 31 January. 

Looking forward, check the James Currey Prize for African Literature, open for submissions until April 2022.

Writers are to submit at most two full manuscripts of fiction related to the African experience to, on or before the 3rd of April, 2022.

Learn more at


Publishers’ calls

Illustrators working in children’s lit – the vigorous Catalyst Press – currently in the midst of their annual #ReadingAfrica week, worth checking out – is calling for you.

If you work in the genre of children’s books, submit your ideas no later than December 20, 2021. More info here. 


REPEAT: MSs – Blackbird Books have announced their opening for MS submissions – in the selected categories, work is being considered until January 2022.


TV, film, moving media

Cross genres – A reminder that Durban International Film Festival have opened submissions for their 2022 edition, taking place from July 21st to 30th…

Early bird: December 31st.
Regular deadline: January 31st.

For eligibility, submission fees, and to submit, please visit our profile on FilmFreeway:

There’s a corresponding call for the Isipethu International Student Film Fest, same deadline, same link… good luck!

Participants / Events – workshops, symposia, salons

Finally, the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS) has a call out for their inaugural Writers’ Workshop. JIAS will host a group of African creative writers between June 02 to June 29, 2022.

To apply, submit your application before February 01, 2022. 


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, 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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