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The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets is an annual award for African Poets who have not yet published a collection of poetry.
The winner will receive $1000 and book publication through the University of Nebraska Press.
- African Poets
- Unpublished poets
- Students or employees at the University of Nebraska
Ineligible to Submit
- Past or present paid employees of the University of Nebraska Press or Amalion Press, or current faculty
- Published poets of book length poetry collection
- Self published poets that have sold their books online, in stores or at readings
- Poetry manuscripts should be atleast 50 pages long
- Author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript as all entries will be read anonymously
- A cover page with only the title of the manuscript should be included and an acknowledgement page listing the publication history of individual poems may be included.
- Eligible writers can submit more than one manuscript
- Times New Roman or Arial
- 12 point font
- Single spaced
- One poem per page
- USD $1,000
- Publication with University of Nebraska Press
The African Poetry Book Fund Editorial Board includes;
- Kwame Dawes
- Chris Abani
- Gabeba Baderoon
- Philippa yaa de Villers
- Bernedine Evaristo
- Aracelis Girmay
- John Keene, and
- Matthew Shenoda
Related Literary Opportunities
Before you proceed to submit, take a look at these literary opportunities
- Brunel International African Poetry Prize | Prize: £3,000 + publication
- Afritondo Short Story Prize 2021 | Prize: $1000
- CFW Freedom Magazine Call for Submission | Prize: N100,000 + Publication
- V International Playwriting Contest | Prize: €1000
- University Of Michigan’s African Literature Today Calls for Submissions
- Call for Submission: Poets in Nigeria (PIN) Food Poetry Contest 2020
How to Submit
Click the “Submit” button to submit your entry.
DISCLAIMER: Do not pay or release sensitive financial details to any organizer/recruiter unless futher verified from your end.