The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets

1 December 2019

Who may enter
The competition is open to African poets who have not yet published a book-length poetry collection.
An “African writer” is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African.

The competition is organised by the African Poetry Book Fund.

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets will only accept “first book” submissions from African writers who have not published a book-length poetry collection. 

Only poetry submissions in English can be considered. Work translated from another language to English is accepted, but a percentage of the prize will be awarded to the translator.

Poetry manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long. You may submit more than one manuscript.

Entry fee
The competition is free to enter.

The winner receives USD 1,000 and publication through the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal.

How to enroll
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