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Submit to the African Writers Award 2023

Writers Space Africa (WSA) is now open for submissions for its three prestigious awards, providing a platform for African writers to display their talents and boundless creativity while inspiring and empowering young writers.

The first award is the 2nd edition of the African Teen Writers Awards. This award is open to early teens aged between 13 to 16 years, and WSA welcomes submissions in two categories: poetry and prose. Submissions will be accepted until July 1, 2023, with one entry per category allowed. The winners of each category will receive a certificate of achievement and a cash prize of $100. There are no specific themes for this award.

The second award is the African Writers Awards, now in its 6th edition. For this edition, WSA is accepting submissions for poetry only, both structured and unstructured. The theme for the edition is “Artificial Intelligence,” and poems should not exceed 24 lines. Submissions are also open until July 1, 2023. The grand prize for this award is $500, an Amazon ebook publishing contract, and a scholarship for a 3-month creative writing course. Second and third-place winners will also receive a scholarship for the same course.

The third award is the Wakini Kuria Prize for Children’s Literature, now in its 5th edition. WSA is calling for submissions in the Children’s literature genre for children between the ages of 8 and 12. This call is open until July 1, 2023. The winner of this prize will receive a certificate and $200, the second-place winner will receive a certificate and $150, while the third place will receive a certificate and $100. There is no theme for this call. However, stories should not exceed 1,200 words, while poems should not exceed 24 lines.

All eligible writers shall submit their entries by visiting this website.

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