The Griot African Storytellers Competition

The purpose of the Griot African Storytellers Competition is to encourage the preservation and celebration of African culture. The theme of the inaugural competition is ‘Adventure.’

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants must be African, and may be located anywhere in the world. Applicants must not be authors of an already published novel.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

  • Entries should be submitted here.
  • Stories must be set in an African context.
  • Stories must be typed in English with a word count of between 1500 to 3500 words.
  • The works submitted must be original and unpublished. They must not be simultaneously submitted elsewhere.
  • Include author name, African country you identify with, and current country of residence.
  • Assume the audience is 18 years and up.
  • Entry fee is $5 per submission.
  • Only submit .doc, .docx, or .pdf files

REVIEW PROCESS

Applicants will be judged on originality, comprehensibility of structure, incorporation of African culture, and adherence to the theme. Entries will be judged by a panel of literary experts.

AWARDS

First prize – $500
Second prize – $300
Third Prize – $100

The top 10 entries will be published in a book as a collection by Squinti Publishing. Copyright of the top ten accepted stories becomes property of Squinti Publishing. The authors will receive royalties from sales of the book.

DEADLINE

The deadline for submission is 11:59 PM Nairobi time on January 29, 2021.

Winners will be announced on May 30, 2021. The book will be published by August 2021.