Deadline Nears for the Evaristo Prize for African Poetry

Submissions are still open for the Evaristo Prize for African Poetry! As part of this award, $1,500 is given annually for ten poems written by an African poet who has not yet published a poetry collection (self-published works of poetry and chapbooks not included). Writers who were born in Africa, who are a national or a resident of an African country, or whose parents are African are eligible. Only collections written in English, including works of translation, will be considered.

Using only the online submission system, submit exactly ten poems of no more than 40 lines each by November 1. There is no entry fee. Editorial board member Gabeba Baderoon will judge alongside poets Tjawangwa Dema and Tsitsi Ella Jaji. Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Formerly known as the Brunel International African Poetry Prize, this award was established in 2012 by British writer Bernardine Evaristo and was recently passed on to the African Poetry Book Fund. With a decade long history and a 2022 inaugural contest cycle under a new title, the Evaristo Prize for African Poetry still seeks to “encourage a new generation of poets who might one day become an international presence.” The shortlist will be announced in April, and the winner will be revealed in May.