Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets | Prize: $1,000 + Publication

Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets
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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  • Unpublished poets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

Submission Guidelines

  • 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

Required Formatting

  • 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

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For further information about the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, visit their official page or email

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