Short Story Day Africa

The Short Story Day Africa Prize 2018 (Hotel Africa Theme)

Short Story Day Africa brings together writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, teachers and school children from all over the globe to write, submit, read, workshop and discuss stories and foster the love of reading and writing African fiction. Because we have something to tell the world. About us. In our own voices.

In 2018, Short Story Day Africa is seeking innovative short fiction set in the rooms, the passages, the bars and the lobbies of hotels across the continent, as well as metafiction exploring Africa as a hotel herself. If these walls could talk, what story would they tell?

Short Story Day Africa

The Short Story Day Africa Prize is an African writing prize open to African citizens, permanent residents of African countries, or second generation Africans living in the diaspora only. Unpublished works between 3000-5000 words in response to the theme are eligible for the prize.

  • 1st prize  (approx US $800)
  • 2nd prize  (approx US $200)
  • 3rd prize  (approx US $100)

Requirements

  • Simultaneous submissions are not welcome. Any story entered or published elsewhere during the course of judging or publication will be disqualified.
  • Any African citizen or African person living in the diaspora*, as well as persons residing permanently (granted permanent residence or similar) in any African country, may enter.
  • Writers may only submit one story for the competition. Repeat entries by the same writer will be disqualified.
  • Writers are welcome to submit stories in any fiction genre.
  • Stories must be submitted in English. While you are free to incorporate other languages into your story, the story must be able to be understood fully by its English content.
  • To facilitate easy reading and judging, please format your stories according to the format stipulated below. Stories not formatted in this way are at the risk of being disqualified.
  • Stories must not have been previously published in any form or any format.
  • You are welcome to enter under a pseudonym or nom de plume, as long as you also include your real name along with your entry.
  • All entries will be judged anonymously. Please DO NOT put your name or any other identifying details anywhere on your manuscript.
  • By submitting a story the author attests that it is their own original work and grants exclusive global print and digital rights to Short Story Day Africa for one year, and thereafter agrees to seek permission to republish and when published elsewhere attributes first publication to Short Story Day Africa; non-exclusive digital rights to Worldreader to publish individual stories on Worldreader Mobile; and non-exclusive digital rights to Johannesburg Review of Books for publicity purposes.
  • By entering, the author agrees to allow Short Short Story Day Africa to include their entry in an anthology should it be selected by the judges; and to working with editors to get their story publication-ready.

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Required Manuscript Format

  • Type your document, using a single, clear font, 12-point size, double-spaced. The easiest font to use is Times New Roman or a similar serif font.
  • Put the title of your story at the top of the first page. Please give your story an original title. Please DO NOT title your story Hotel Africa, Short Story Day Africa Story or any similar version of such. Start your story immediately below the title.
  • Put an accurate word count at the top right.
  • Please number the pages.
  • Left-justify your paragraphs.
  • Ensure there is at least a 1 inch or 2-centimeter margin all the way around your text.
  • Indent each new paragraph by about 1/2 inch or 1-centimeter, except for the first line of the story or the first line of a new scene. Please use the indent function of your programme, not multiple spaces or tabs.
  • Don’t insert extra lines between your paragraphs. A blank line indicates a new scene.
  • Put the word “End” after the end of your text, centered, on its own line.

How to Submit

Please note, due to a lack of funding submissions will incur a small fee which pays for the Submittable platform. The fee is in dollars HOWEVER you do not need a dollar account to pay. All currencies are accepted and your bank will convert the amount taken off your account into local currency. Thank you for your understanding.

Click here to submit

Deadline: 31st August 2018

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