The K & L Prize 2021 Calls for Submission | $1000 + Publication

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The K and L prize, founded and sponsored by New Zealand based Nigerian writer, Myles Ojabo, awards $1000 to the best piece of unpublished fiction. You can now send in your short story entries on the theme, Madness.

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The inaugural edition was awarded to South African writer, Sisca Julius, for her story, Honey Bee. The second edition was awarded to Nigerian writer, Kanyisola Olorunnisola, for his story, Abija, the Architect of Mayhem.

Theme for The K & L Prize 2021

Madness (The term could mean insanity or aberrant behaviour, depending on how the writer interprets it.)

Eligibility for K & L Prize 2021

  • Only African writers are eligible to submit
  • Writers must be between 18 and 25 years of age
  • No entry fee
  • Stories should be centred on the theme

Submission Guidelines for the K & L Prize 

  • Entries must not have been previously published.
  • Email subject should have the name of the short stories, age of the applicant, and ‘2021 K and L prize’.
  • Submissions must be in English and should reflect the theme, ‘Madness’.
  • Only one entry per writer is allowed.
  • Judges are Sisca Julius, Su’ur Agema and Myles Ojabo.
  • Stories must not be more than 2000 words.
  • The submission should be in Microsoft Word.
  • Entries should be sent to id.ojabo@gmail.com.

Prize for the K & L Prize 2021

  • $1000 (New Zealand)
  • Publication for longlisted stories
  • Free e-copy of Anthology for all longlisted writers

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Terms & Conditions

By Submitting to K & L Prize 2021, Entrants Agree to the Following Requirements;

  • Only the winner is entitled to have the cash prize of 1000 New Zealand dollars. In the case where there are joint winners, the prize money will be shared.
  • Writers that eventually make the longlist are required to submit a copy of their birth certificate.
  • Stories of writers on the longlist would be publicized and published in the K and L Anthology: Full Moon.
  • Every writer on the longlist will get a free e-copy of the anthology.   
  • Writers that eventually make the shortlist would be offered an interview session.
  • Writers that make the shortlist would be asked to submit their photos and other information necessary for publicising the prize.
  • All finances raised from sales of the anthology would go towards funding and developing the K and L Prize. 
  • The decisions of the judges’ entries are final.

How to Submit

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DEADLINE: 21st March 2021 [See all deadlines]

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