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INTERNATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR AFRICAN WRITERS
It Gets Even Better: Stories of Queer Possibility
They want speculative fiction for this anthology, stories about positive queer possibility. Their guidelines say, “Stories may feature near-future social and political change, far-future imaginings of new societies, alternate universes with completely different systems of gender and relationships, alternate histories proposing better outcomes for true events of the past, creative explorations of queer identity—any kind of speculative fiction that posits queer affirmation and joy … please submit to us only if you are comfortable with “queer” being used to describe your story.” All kinds of representations of queer identities are welcome. Writers can submit up to three stories at once (see guidelines). They also accept reprints (audio rights must be available).
Deadline: 27 February 2021
Length: Up to 15,000 words (most acceptances likely under 7,000 words)
Pay: $0.08/word, and royalties
This Canadian literary magazine publishes fiction, non-fiction – interviews, essays (accepts pitches), and reviews – and poetry from all over the world. They accept a limited number of fee-free submissions every month.
Deadline: 25 March 2021 for Spring issue; reads year-round
Length: Up to 10,000 words for fiction, up to 4 poems; various for non-fiction (see guidelines)
Pay: $200 (Canadian) per essay; $150 for fiction; $100 per interview or review; $25 per poem (or page, capped at $80)
University of Pittsburgh: The 2021 Center for African American Poetry and Poetics Book Prize
This is for a poetry manuscript, of 48-168 pages. The prize will be awarded to a first or second book by a writer of African descent and is open to the full range of writers embodying African and African diasporic experience. The book can be of any genre that is, or intersects with, poetry, including poetry, hybrid work, speculative prose, and/or translation.Value: $3,000
Deadline: 15 February 2021
Open for: Writers of African descent
NYU Journalism: Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award
This is for promising early-career non-fiction writers to research and write an article that tells the truth about a human condition.
(They also usually have the Reporting Award, which has been suspended for 2021.)
Deadline: 15 February 2021 for proposalsValue: Up to $12,500
Open for: All journalists, early career non-fiction writers
Details here and here.
The Puchi Award
This is an award for a book manuscript. Their guidelines say, “The competition is open to books in any genre or form: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, novels, comics, picture books, essays, cookbooks, geography books, combinations of the above or any other type imaginable. We’re looking for one-of-a-kind book, or even a whole new kind of book.” Works may be written in any language, although a provisional translation into English of at least two pages must also be submitted. Writers can send as many works as they wish, as well as collaborative works (see FAQ).
Value: €8,000 advance
Deadline: 18 February 2021
Open for: All writers
When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.Ellen DeGeneres.