african poetry book fundI. Poetry from Emerging African writers Wanted

The African Poetry Book Series invites submissions to its 4th annual Sillerman First Book Prize from emerging African writers who have not yet published a book-length collection of poetry.

Manuscript submission is to be made via on or before December 1, 2015.

The winning manuscript will receive publication through with the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal and a prize of US$1000.

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.

Past winners include Madman at Kilifi by Clifton Gachagua, The Kitchen Dweller’s Testimony by Ladan Osman, and Fuchsia by Mahtem Shiferraw.


Poetry manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long. All entries will be read anonymously, and the winner will be chosen by the African Poetry Book Fund Editorial Board. There is no fee to submit, and no application forms are necessary. Writers may submit more than one manuscript.

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets accepts electronic submissions ONLY.

The African Poetry Book Fund, in association with the University of Nebraska, the University of Nebraska Press, and the literary journal Prairie Schooner, promotes and advances the development and publication of the poetic arts through its book series, contests, workshops, and seminars and through its collaborations with publishers, festivals, booking agents, colleges, universities, conferences and all other entities that share an interest in the poetic arts of Africa.

II. Lola Kenya Children’s Screen‬ Call for Short Movies

Lola Kenya Screen‬ invites short (maximum 30 minutes) ‪animation‬, ‪‎fiction‬, ‪‎documentary‬ and ‪‎experimental‬ films from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, eastern Congo-Kinshasa, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia for her ‪‎screening‬, ‪‎discussion‬ and ‪‎networking‬ forum that runs at ‪‎Goethe_Institut‬ in ‪‎Nairobi‬ every last Monday of the month. ‪‎Creatively packaged‬ ‪music videos‬ and ‪‎video games‬ are also acceptable.

Details on the website and social media (Facebook/Twitter/YouTube/Flickr) @LolaKenyaScreen

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