Short Story Day Africa Prize 2016 for African Writers

Submission Deadline: July 31st 2016

First prize: R10 000 | Second prize: R2 000 | Third prize: R1 000

PLUS – Three promising emerging writers will win a 20 Week Online Writing Course from All About Writing

The Short Story Day Africa Prize is an African writing prize open to African citizens, permanent residents of African countries, or second generation Africans living in the diaspora only. Unpublished works between 3000-5000 words in response to the theme are eligible for the prize.


  • Any African citizen or African person living in the diaspora*, as well as persons residing permanently (granted permanent residence or similar) in any African country, may enter.
  • Writers may only submit one story for the competition. Repeat entries by the same writer will be disqualified.
  • Writers are welcome to submit stories in any fiction genre.
  • Stories must be between 3000 and 5000 words in length.
  • Stories must be submitted in English. While you are free to incorporate other languages into your story, the story must be able to be understood fully by its English content


  • 1st prize  R10 000 (approx US$500)
  • 2nd prize R2 000 (approx US$125)
  • 3rd prize  R1 000 (approx US$60)
  • In addition three emerging writers will receive a 20 week online creative writing course. These will be selected from the long list or slush pile
  • The twenty-one long listed stories will be published in the annual Short Story Day Africa anthology, and selected stories entered into The Caine Prize for African Writing (£10 000).

2016 JUDGES: Tendai Huchu (Zimbabwe), Sindiwe Magona (South Africa), and Hawa Jade Golakai (Liberia).

Submit Now for the Short Story Day Africa Prize

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize



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