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18 August 2013
Cordite Books Fiction Prize | $1,000 top prize | Africa-wide
Deadline: 30 November 2013

Cordite Books, an imprint of Lagos, Nigeria based Parrésia Publishers Ltd, is calling on African writers of quality Crime Fiction to submit manuscripts. The winning manuscript will be published by Cordite Books and will receive a US$1,000 prize. Edited by award winning author, Helon Habila, Cordite intends to tap into a growing market for spy and crime fiction in Africa.

Submissions are welcome from published or unpublished authors; submission must be in the crime fiction genre; by an African author; set at least partly in Africa and be between sixty to eighty thousand words in length. Winners will be selected by the Editor. In addition to a publishing contract, the winning manuscript will get a cash prize of $1,000 [covering an advance on royalties]. Two runners-up will get cash prizes.

Submissions are open from August 7th, 2013 and will close on November 30th, 2013. The winning manuscript will be published mid 2014 and will be available all across Africa. Submissions should be uploaded using the submissions manager on the Cordite Books website only. Please read the Submissions Guidelines.

Parrésia’s Managing Editor, Azafi Omoluabi, said, “Cordite is meant to bring an African sensibility to the crime and spy fiction genre made famous by such writers as Ian Fleming, Arthur Conan Doyle, Le Carre, Agatha Christie, James Hadley Chase and Chesterton. Readers want their own local heroes, their own James Bonds and Sherlock Holmes, and why not, since espionage and crime happen in Africa just as anywhere else?”

  • 1st Prize: Publishing deal with Cordite Books. US$ 1000 continental advance on royalties.
  • 2nd Prize: US$250
  • 3rd Prize: US$200
  • African is defined as a citizen of the 53 countries in the continent of Africa and adjoining island, including descendants of such citizens who hold valid African passports.
  • Authors must be resident in an African country and be ready to schedule readings across the continent if successful.
  • Electronic copies of manuscripts are to be formatted as set out below and uploaded in the adjacent form
    • Times New Roman, 13 points, Double spacing.
    • Microsoft Office Word and compatible formats [e.g. Open Office]
    • Documents should be named “Cordite Submission – Authors Name – Manuscript Title” eg “Cordite Submission – Ian Fleming – Octopussy.doc”. Synopsis documents should be named in the format “Cordite Synopsis – Authors Name – Manuscript Title”.
  • Detailed contact details including previous publication and experience should form the first page of the manuscript uploaded.
  • A detailed Synopsis of the manuscript, under 750 words, should be attached at the time of submissions.

Submissions: via the online form

Website: http://corditebooks.com/

Cordite Books Fiction Prize | $1,000 top prize | Africa-wide

2013 NUHA Foundation Writing Competition | £150 top prize | worldwide
Deadline: 1 November 2013 (confirmed deadline)

Whether you're from Mauritius, Mexico or Malaysia, we would like to hear what YOU have to say about 'education'. The competition has been established as an international platform to debate issues of education and development.

Absolutely anyone can participate, and three prizes are on offer:
  • Young Writers Prize, for those born between 1999 and 2003: £50
  • Youth Prize, for those born between 1995 and 1998: £100
  • Adult Prize, for those born before 1995: £150
It doesn't matter whether English is the authors' first, second, third or fourth language: articles are judged first and foremost on the quality of their argument and the originality of their ideas. To achieve this, the authors have to respond to one of the set statements within a 500 to 1,500 word-limit, by 1 November 2013.

Find out more by clicking on one of the links below.

Questions/ applications: editor@nuhafoundation.org

Website: http://www.nuhafoundation.org

2013 NUHA Foundation Writing Competition | £150 top prize | worldwide

Call for submissions | Black Communion Poetry Anthology | ArtBeat Afrika
Deadline: 30 September 2013

ArtBeat Afrika, a contemporary Africa poetry society calls for submissions from published and unpublished Africa Poets at home and Diaspora.

This anthology, titled: ‘BLACK COMMUNION’ is aimed at showcasing to Africa and the world the work and talents of ‘the new Africa poet’.


You MUST be an Africa or from an Africa origin to contribute to this anthology.

  • All poems must be in English. English poems with few tribal expressions and imageries are also allowed, provided they are accompanied with proper English translations.
  • Collaborations between two or more poets are ALLOWED. Note that a part of this anthology will be dedicated to collaborations among Africa Poets.
  • A poet is not allowed to submit more than 7 poems.
  • Both short and lengthy poems are welcomed.
  • Previously published works are allowed provided they are published in the last two (2) years.
  • Submission should be sent in either the e-mail body or as an attachment.
  • Along with the poem(s), the following should also be sent: Name, Pen Name (If available), Nationality, email address and a short biography.
  • All submission should be address to artbeatpoets@gmail.com.
  • The deadline for all submission is the 30th of September, 2013.
  • Submission to this anthology is FREE!

Artbeat Afrika is a society founded with the sole aim of ‘the unification of the Africa Poets’. Currently with members from Kenya, Ghana, South Africa and Nigeria, artbeat aims at building ‘the league of Africa Poets’ and serve as loudspeaker to all ‘Black Voices’.

BLACK COMMUNION will be edited by Wale Owoade, a poet and founder of Artbeat Afrika.

For more enquiries, details and submissions, you can contact the Black Communion Anthology team via: artbeatpoets@gmail.com


Questions/ submissions: artbeatpoets@gmail.com

Website: http://artbeatpoetry.wordpress.com

Call for submissions | Black Communion Poetry Anthology | ArtBeat Afrika

100TPC - Abuja Celebrates Global Poetry Reading and Performances | Nigeria
Date: 28 September 2013

We are pleased to announce that the 100thousand Poets for Change, Abuja-Nigeria will be hosting poets and lovers of the arts from all over the FCT and beyond to a day of poetry reading, miming, potpourri of performances, live theater, comedy, dances, dance drama, and lots. It's an annual event focused at the effective deployment of poetry and the arts for peace and sustainability in our world.

100TPC Abuja will be joining the global community in what has been tagged the biggest poetry reading in history. Currently, over 500 events have been confirmed in 100 countries. Still counting.

Venue: WestPoint Hotel, Zone 7, (Behind NAFDAC) Wuse-Abuja.

Come read, sing and dance for change!


Questions: edbabor@gmail.com

100TPC - Abuja Celebrates Global Poetry Reading and Performances | Nigeria

Call for submissions | The Nigerian Writers Series
Deadline: 15 November 2013

The Association of Nigerian Authors hereby calls for submissions for its new publishing intervention, the Nigerian Writers Series. It would be recalled that the Association received a grant of N10,0000,000 from the Chief Servant of Niger State, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu, for the purpose.

The Nigerian Writers Series will be modelled as a traditional-style publishing house with a website providing information on the Series, and with a mandate to support the next generation of new writings by new writers of Nigerian origin.

The website of the Series is www.nws-africa.com.ng

The Association has also entered into contracts with Jemie Books, Parrésia Publishers Ltd, The Book Company Ltd and Kraftbooks to serve as Publishing and Marketing Partners and will in due course be appointing Editor[s] for the Series in a bid to bring a range of experiences in book publishing to bear on this intervention.

Submissions will be accepted only as per guidelines and via the Submission Manager.


Submissions: via the Submission Manager

Website: http://nws-africa.com.ng/

Call for submissions | The Nigerian Writers Series

Volunteer Editors wanted | Asymptote Literary Journal | worldwide
Deadline: August 26

Are you amazed at the sheer number of languages there are in this world, and yet how little literature in those languages is being published in English? Then consider joining a worldwide team of volunteer editors, designers, and social media wizards at Asymptote. Still in doubt, you say? Now, we answer, would The New Yorker, The Paris Review, BBC, and Tosho Shimbun steer you wrong?

We seek permanent team members (but also happily accept interns) to take up positions (10-15 hours a week) in the following:


The Blog Editor will oversee the conceptualization and management of a new blog we are planning to unveil in Oct 2013. The job will mostly consist of planning, commissioning and editing new translations/writing related to world literature.


The Communications Manager is responsible for generating all external communications (including but not restricted to press releases, mailers and media kits). The applicant should be meticulous and possess an instinct for good copy.


To date, we have organized ten events around the globe, most of them concentrated around our 2nd anniversary (see video trailer here). We are looking for someone to work closely with our Events Planner and handle both Public Relations and Communications related matters for future events.


We recently added new editors-at-large for Croatia, Iran, Macedonia, Malaysia and Slovakia (see current masthead here). We'd like to extend our network even more to ensure a constant stream of quality content from underrepresented regions. Now, we are specifically looking for editors-at-large based in London, Tokyo, and Seoul; we also welcome applicants from other parts of the world especially but not limited to: Africa, the Middle East, Australia, Latin America and Southeast Asia. Editors-at-large also help to promote our journal locally, explore partnerships with local journals and even organize events (though the last is not a necessary requirement).


The Assistant Managing Editor will work closely with the Senior Editorial Team on streamlining work processes to improve the efficiency of the team as a whole. He/she may also be tasked to lead ad hoc projects. Only applicants with managerial experience need apply.


The Managing Editor (Administrative) is responsible for liaising with the Technical, Marketing and Communications Managers, supervising the work of interns, and working closely with the Editor-in-Chief on HR matters. Again, we seek applicants with managerial experience for this position.


Please note that the application process is highly selective for section editorships. Drop us a note if you think you would be a good candidate.

To apply for any of these unpaid positions, please send a cover letter explaining why you'd like to join our team and a copy of your CV to editors@asymptotejournal.com, with "APPLICATION:" and the position you're applying for in the subject line. Take note that all positions will start out as 3-month orientation 'internships,' during which they will get to know the journal and their fellow team members. After this orientation period we will evaluate their performance together and determine their future role with Asymptote.

If you're driven and passionate about international literature, send in an application today!


Questions/ applications: editors@asymptotejournal.com

Website: http://asymptotejournal.com

Volunteer Editors wanted | Asymptote Literary Journal | worldwide

25 June 2013
Education for Change Essay Competition | organized by Murtala Muhammed Foundation | N150,000 top prize | Nigeria
Deadline: 16 August 2013

The Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) is pleased to announce the maiden edition of the ‘Education for Change’ Essay competition, which is in line with the Foundation’s Public Policy Dialogues aimed at increasing transparency, democracy, and accountability in government and the economy. The 2013 Policy Dialogue – will have as its focus “Investing in Nigeria’s Future: Unlocking the Potential of our Next Generation of Leaders”.

In line with our mandate to empower the youths to become exemplary leaders that shall stir this great nation towards the path of sustainable development; the essay competition is focused on promoting critical thinking, harnessing ideas and developing the talents abilities gifts and skills inherent in the youth. This we expect shall translate into a ripple effect of awareness and provide a platform for growth of future leaders for Nigeria.

  • The competition is open to students from registered Federal and State Private Universities and Polytechnics of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  • The competition is open to students from registered Public and Private Secondary Schools of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  • All applicants must be legal residents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  • The candidate must be aged between 18-25 years for Polytechnics and Universities and between 12-17 years for secondary schools.
  • The essay submitted must not be more than five hundred words (500 Words). Failure to comply with this shall lead to automatic disqualification.
  • All entries must be written in the English language.
  • The candidate must only apply based on one topic that should be submitted electronically. Multiple applications will be disqualified.
  • Relations and staff of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation are not eligible to apply.
  • Falsification of any detail on the application shall nullify it.
  • The Applicants bio-data shall be used by the Foundation for publicity purposes.
  • The top five shortlisted Applicants shall be invited for an interview and then the top three shall be awarded the prizes.
  • All entries must be properly referenced, as plagiarism shall not be permitted. Note that information from the following websites is not allowed as forms of reference for this competition: Wikipedia or any wiki links site. The research much reflects appropriate and relevant peer-reviewed journals and legitimate websites.

Topic: Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela.

  • First prize: N150,000
  • Second Prize: N100,000
  • Third Prize: N75,000

Topic: Education is that which remains when one has forgotten everything he learned in school. -Albert Einstein.

  • First Prize: N100,000
  • Second Prize: N75,000
  • Third Prize: N50,000

Your essay shall be judged on seven criteria:
  • Content: How convincing are the main points and conclusion of the essay?
  • Organization: How logical is the flow of thoughts?
  • Relevance: Relationship between the essay and the topic?
  • Critical thinking: Ability to think creatively.
  • Grammar: Spelling and punctuation.
  • Reference: Ability to provide proper referencing from reliable sources.
  • Word Count: Adherence to the 500 words for the essay as stipulated.

All applications should be sent to info@mmfng.org with the applicants full detail (Full Names, Age, Gender, Email Addresses, Phone Contact, School/Institution, State of Residence, State of Origin). The deadline for the submission of forms is: 16th August, 2013. Successful candidates shall be contacted.

The awards shall be presented at the Investing in Nigeria’s Future: Unlocking the Potential of our Next Generation of Leaders Conference on 9th October, 2013 and all top three awardees shall be given a plaque and certificate of accomplishment and attend the pre-conference dinner with the Trustees’ of the Foundation.


Questions/ submissions: info@mmfng.org

Website: http://mmfng.org/
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