African Poetry Series calls for entry

HARARE - The African Poetry Series is inviting entries for the First Book Prize for African Poets.

Manuscripts are accepted annually between September 15 and November 15.

Poetry manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long.

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets will only accept “first book” submissions from African writers who have not published a book-length poetry collection.

This includes self-published books if they were sold online, in stores, or at readings.

Writers who have edited and published an anthology or a similar collection of other writers’ work remain eligible.

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.

Only poetry written in English is eligible.

Translated poetry is accepted but a percentage of the prize will be awarded to the translator.

No past or present paid employees of the University of Nebraska Press or Amalion Press, or current faculty, students, or employees at the University of Nebraska, are eligible for the prizes.

African Poetry Series has been made possible through seed funding from philanthropists, Laura and Robert F. X. Sillerman, whose generous contributions have facilitated the establishment of the African Poetry Book Fund.

The Sillerman family has also welcomed the use of their name for the First Book Prize for African Poets.

The winner receives $1 000 and publication with the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal. - Entertainment Writer

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