[Uganda]–The Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non-fiction, one of the projects organised by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), is currently open for submissions.
It is an annual contest which awards the best piece under the creative nonfiction genre. Previously open to only Ghanaian residents in its past and maiden edition, its strictures have now been relaxed to cover the entirety of the African continent.
All unpublished writers resident in Africa are eligible for submission. Here, “unpublished” is taking to mean a writer who is yet to release a full-length book. Each entrant stands a chance of winning the coveted $500 cash and a one-month residency in an African university.
Only a single, original and previously unpublished entry between 2,500 – 3,500 words is allowed per writer. Each entry must be in Microsoft Word or Rich Text formats, with the title as the file name.
The only acceptable font is Times New Roman, with a 1.5-line spacing. No mention whatsoever as to the identity of the writer must be stated explicitly on the document.
All entires are to be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org as attachment, with the subject being “Koffi Addo Prize”. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.
All shortlisted writers may be invited to attend the annual Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda from August 24 – 27.
The winner will be announced during this time. Subsequently, he will be required to produce a complete draft of a creative fiction book before the one-month residency can commence. The resultant book will be published as part of the Writivism Series.
The judges include the 2009 Ciane Prize winner, EC Osondu as the chairman, Ugandan writer, Angela Kintu and award-winning Zimbabwean writer, Panashe Chigumadzi.
According to the WritivisM website, upon entry, all entrants agree to the terms that CACE has the right to publish their stories, should they be shortlisted, in an anthology and that no shortlisted writer has the right to make their story available to the public till 2027.
Last year’s edition was won by Accra-based writer, SY Tetteh, with his story, “Lost Futures Or: A Guide to Losing Love”, with the other shortlisted stories being “Missing Wombs” by Ama Asantewa Diaka and “Another One of Those” by Kofi Konadu Berko.
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