Opportunities For African Writers- July 2020.


We have compiled the most amazing opportunities available for  African writers, it would be nice to apply for one of them or as many as possible. 

ANFASA Grant Scheme Scheme for Authors 2020

Application Deadline:  July 31st , 2020. 


Applications call for ANFASA Grant Scheme Scheme for Authors 2020

ANFASA, the Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa, announces the next round of the grant scheme to benefit authors of scholarly and general non-fiction works. Scholarly works are normally based on research and cover a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. The AGSA scheme encourages young researchers, in particular, to communicate through the written word and to build their academic careers through the writing of scholarly monographs. Grants are reserved for books rather than articles, although a compilation of essays would be eligible.

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The Goethe-Institut/Bureau de liaison Ouagadougou

Application Deadline: July 7, 2019


Are you a writer in Africa looking for a chance to hone you writing skills? The Goethe-Institut/Bureau de liaison Ouagadougou is setting up a writer’s residency for young African writers (less than 40 years) in 2019/20 in Burkina Faso.

This residency program aims to give a platform for free expression

  • to writers who project the vision of (another)  uture in their writings,
  • to writers who have restrictions of expression in their country of origin,
  • to activist writers who express themselves in relation to social and/ or political transformation. 

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Ake Festival Review 

Application Deadline: Submissions close Friday 17 July, 2020.

Call for Submissions! 

Ake Review is now accepting submissions for its 2020 edition. 

Please submit original and unpublished entries to editor@akefestival.org. See the flyer below for more details.

Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.

Application Deadline: July 10th, 2020. 

Richell Prize for Emerging Writers.

The Prize is once again open to unpublished writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction. Writers do not need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission, though they must intend to complete one. The Prize will be judged on the first three chapters of the submitted work, along with a synopsis outlining the direction of the proposed work and detail about how the author’s writing career would benefit from winning the Prize.

The winner will receive $10,000 in prize money, to be donated by Hachette Australia, and a year’s mentoring with one of Hachette Australia’s publishers. Hachette Australia will work with the winning writer to develop their manuscript with first option to consider the finished work, and the shortlisted entries, for publication.

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Juncture Fellowship Program for Literary Critics 

Application: Apply via Submittable. Applications close at midnight AEST on 19 July 2019.

The JUNCTURE fellowship program is a rare opportunity for professional critics to extend their practice. We know that most mid-career and established critics juggle many writing and teaching gigs. This precarity makes it difficult to plan and research detailed critical work. In addition to a year-long roster of paid commissions, the SRB will provide editorial support from the journal’s editorial team, our board and broader network.

We will offer JUNCTURE fellowships in July 2020 and July 2021. In early 2022 we will publish an anthology of the finest work to emerge from this project.

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Miles Morland

Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) Writing Scholarship 2020

Application Deadline: September 18, 2020

Applications are open for the Miles Morland Foundation (MMF) Writing Scholarship 2020. The Miles Morland Foundation’s main aim is to support entities in Africa which enable Africans to get their voices heard. It is particularly interested in supporting African writing and African literature.

It can be difficult for writers, before they become established, to write while simultaneously earning a living. To help meet this need the MMF annually awards a small number of Morland Writing Scholarships, with the aim being to allow each Scholar the time to produce the first draft of a completed book.

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AIAC Fellowship

AIAC Fellowship

Application Deadline: Closed, but subscribe for consequent announcements.

The purpose of the AIAC Fellowship is to support the production of original work and new knowledge on Africa-related topics that are under-recognized and under-covered in traditional media, new media, and other public forums. It particularly seeks to amplify voices and perspectives from the left that address the major political, social, and economic issues affecting Africans in ways that are original, accessible, and engaging to a variety of audiences.

Fellows will be writers and/or other cultural/intellectual producers who can contribute meaningfully to transforming and expanding knowledge about Africa and the diaspora. Each fellow will receive a grant of up to US$3,000 to create original work on a topic of their choice for AIAC over a 9-month period.

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Getty Scholars Grant

Getty Scholar Grants

Application Deadline: Closed, but open Summer 2020 

Getty Scholar Grants are for established scholars, or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Recipients are in residence at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, where they pursue their own projects free from academic obligations, make use of Getty collections, join their colleagues in a weekly meeting devoted to an annual research theme, and participate in the intellectual life of the Getty.

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Camargo Foundation

Camargo Foundation. 

Application: The call for applications for residencies in fall 2021 and spring 2022 will be open in the summer of 2020.


The Core Program is the flagship program of the Camargo Foundation. Since 1971, the Camargo Foundation has awarded residencies to over 800 Core Program Fellows as part of its mission to support groundbreaking research, experimentation, and interdisciplinary approaches in the Arts and Humanities. Each year, an esteemed panel of scholars and arts professionals selects 18 individuals or teams from over 1,000 submissions from around the world. Winners are awarded residencies in a stunning, contemplative environment where they have the space, time, and freedom to think, create, and connect. Fellowships span 6 to 11 weeks. With each cohort of Fellows, the Foundation strives to foster connections between research and creation.

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Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition for Documentaries 2020

The Third Coast International Audio Festival invites entries for the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition in 2020.

The TC/RHDF Competition awards the best narrative audio stories produced across borders and languages, inviting producers from across the world to enter their best work from the past few years. At Third Coast, the Competition is an engine for our programming and community-building, and a snapshot of the world in audio. Since 2001, the Competition has celebrated masterful, experimental, groundbreaking, and radical works in audio storytelling, and has awarded over $300,000 in cash prizes to many of the most innovative makers of the past two decades.

This year they will award eleven winners in the following nine categories: Best Documentary (Gold, Silver, Bronze), Best Serialized Story, (NEW) Best Documentary: Short, Best New Artist, Best Documentary: Non-English Language, Impact, (NEW) Audio Unbound, Director’s Choice, and Best News Feature.

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TVO TRIBE HOUSE is currently inviting submissions in four genres: poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and journal stories. TVO TRIBE is a platform for artists and writers to commune, debate, and progress their craft respectively. We cover literary pieces across Africa, gives voice to emerging writers and artists, and even promote literature in indigenous languages.
We accept submissions in the following categories:
• Articles/Essays – 1,200 Words maximum
• Flash Fiction – 300 words maximum
• Poetry – 1 poem, a maximum of 24 lines
• Children’s Literature – 700 words maximum
• Short Stories – 1,500 words maximum
Please note the following:
• You’re allowed to submit to one category only.
• Please include TITLE and CATEGORY in your submission.
• The submission window is open all year round.
• Ensure that your submission is properly edited before submitting.
• Our editors will revert to selected unpublished writers on areas of improvement in their work.
• Due to the number of entries we receive, only selected authors will be on our website.
• The author retains copyright.
• Your work must be thoroughly edited before being uploaded. We will in turn edit selected entries to suit the publication.
• We ONLY accept works by members of our writer’s community (join us).
• We ONLY accept MS word documents.

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Content Writing Opportunities:

1. Remote Content Writing Job

The Atavist Magazine accepts pitches for longform, character-driven, narrative nonfiction stories. Please send pitches and proposals to seyward@atavist.com. We request two weeks to review all submissions.

We are looking for stories with a beginning, middle, and end, stories you can’t stop reading because you can’t wait to see what happens next. Our pieces can be historical or current; they can be about serious social issues or unexpected pop culture developments; they can be driven by investigative reporting or first-person experiences.

 We’re looking for stories that need to be longer than a typical magazine article, anywhere from 8,000 to 30,000 words. That means they feature extensive reporting and deep research, and the conflict and surprise to carry a reader through to the last word.

They pay at least $6,000 per story plus expenses. They pay kill fees upfront. Send pitches to seyward@atavist.com More info:


2. Journos! @medtruth_ (on Twitter) is accepting July pitches related to drugs, medical devices, patient safety, justice, chronic illness & summer. 

Degree not required, but some interview experience necessary (academic journals are different). 

0.25 cents for per word for non-reported writing (no interviews).

0.40 cents per word for original reporting.

Please pitch us at info@medtruth.com

3. RewireNews  is a daily online publication that publishes evidence-based news, commentary, analysis, and investigative reporting on sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice. 

Send pitches to gim.esther@rewire.new

Pitching Guidelines:

We seek pitches for commentaries, analyses, cultural critiques, book reviews, or deeply reported pieces in key areas of reproductive and sexual health, rights, and justice. It also includes broader issues affecting the ability of individuals and communities to exercise their rights, such as the health-care system, voting rights, economic policies, and any subject in which the intersections of race, class, power, gender, economic, and social inequity affect people’s lives.

Email pitches to pitches@rewire.news, or breaking@rewire.news if your pitch is highly time-sensitive. We also welcome multimedia pitches at multimedia@rewire.news.

According to payment reports, they pay $250 to $300 per piece.

4. Increment is a quarterly print and digital magazine published by Stripe that explores the culture, theory, and practice of building and operating software systems at scale.

 Each issue focuses on a new theme (such as Open Source, Programming Languages, or Cloud) and illuminates best practices, expert insights, and compelling perspectives.

We’re actively considering pitches that address technical topics with creativity, precision, and compassion. All accepted stories will go through a rigorous editorial process. We’d love to hear from you.

Send your pitch to submissions@increment.com.


Freelance Copywriter Opportunity at Assima

We pay $300 CAD per article and 450$ CAD if it requires an interview

●We’re looking for long term, steady relationships with writers

●We don’t have word count requirements for our posts. You can write however long you need to make your point. 

●You can contribute as little or as much as you want.

●We’re flexible on deadlines. We’re looking for the highest quality content possible, not creating content for content’s sake.

How to apply:

●Send an email to victor.li@assima.net with the subject line: “L&D contributor”

●Include up to 3 links of your best content pieces..

If we like what we see, you will receive an onboarding document with further details of our content strategy, the content we’re looking for and instructions on a writing test.





Royal Commonwealth Society Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition in UK 2020

Application close 5 pm (GMT) on June 30, 2020.


The Royal Commonwealth Society in the UK invites applications for the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition to increase youth movement across the Commonwealth and the ongoing climate crisis in 2020.

The Royal Commonwealth Society is pleased to announce that The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2020 was launched in Christchurch, New Zealand by the Society’s Vice-Patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall on the theme ‘Climate Action and the Commonwealth’.

Building upon the 2019 theme of A Connected Commonwealth, this year’s topics draw on the increasing youth movement across the Commonwealth and the ongoing climate crisis. Young people are called upon to consider their position and power in bringing about change, and how the Commonwealth can be used as a tool for positive action.

Worth of Award

  • Prizes have traditionally been awarded only to the first prize winners in the Senior and Junior categories and also vary year by year.
  • This means we are not able to confirm what the prizes will be until after the winners are announced in September 2020.

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