2015 Writivism Short Story Prize Submission Guidelines

Opening date – 1 February 2015

Closing date – 30th April 2015

Entries must be submitted online. No mark as to the identity of the writer should be made on the story itself. No entries will be considered if submitted after the deadline. Winners shall be announced on Short Story Day Africa, the 21st of June 2015 at an Awards Evening during the Writivism Festival 2015 in Kampala, Uganda.

  1. The Writivism Short Story Prize is an annual award for emerging African writers administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE). The first prize is worth 400$ and each of the four shortlisted writers who do not win the prize receives a cash prize of 100$. All the five shortlisted writers travel to Kampala from June 16 to June 22 for The Writivism Festival.

  2. Entrants must be unpublished writers, resident in an African country. One is deemed published if they have a book of their own.

  3. Questions of eligibility shall be resolved by the CACE administration and their decision is final.

  4. Entries must be submitted online, by emailing them to info@writivism.com as attachments (not in the body email), clearly labeled in the subject: Writivism Competition 2015. The writer must include in the body of the email, other information about him/her, as country of residence, age, legal name and pen name (where applicable) and telephone contact.

  5. Only one entry per writer may be submitted for the Writivism Short Story Prize. The story must be original and previously unpublished in any form except on the writer’s personal blog.

  6. All entries must be in English, and 2,500 – 3,500 words long.

  7. Entries should be attached in Microsoft Word or Rich Text formats, with the title of the story as the file name. The first page of the story should include the name of the story and the number of words. The entry must be typed in Times New Roman 12 point font and 1.5 line spacing. No mention should be made on the identity of the writer in the entry.

  8. Entrants agree as a condition of entry that CACE may publicize the fact that a story has been entered, longlisted or shortlisted for the Prize. The shortlisted writers and winners of the competition will be expected to participate in readings, The Writivism Festival and school tours.

  9. Worldwide copyright of each story remains with the writer. CACE will have the unrestricted right to publish the long-listed stories in an anthology and for promotional purposes.

  10. The prize judging panel comprises Chika Unigwe (Chair), Mukoma wa Ngugi, Tendai Huchu, Rachel Zadok and Ainehi Edoro. Read more about the judges here.


21 thoughts on “2015 Writivism Short Story Prize Submission Guidelines

  1. Hey! Nice one… Well done Writivism. Okay, I read the previous post on the Judges… Nice list. Maybe I will apply to join soon 🙂 Now, you put a link for people to click ‘here’ to see the judges without connecting the link… Can you correct that?
    Many thanks, and well done! We are proud of you.


  2. Bravo writivism, your project is a noble one. Just for caring a hoot to preen out the imperceptible voices of gifted Africans you’ve commenced a long journey to the heart of the prosterity….what more youve encripted your image in the reasoning of a common man.


  3. When you send your entry to the email address provided do you receive confirmation that it has been received???


  4. Please, I’m trying to send my entry to info@writivism.com but i keep receiving ‘recipient not found’. please is there an alternative email i can use or what do you think i should do?


  5. Please what is the procedure for retracting and resubmitting another story in the event that the first was a simultaneous submission and has been accepted somewhere else.


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