The African literary circuit is packed for this year. There are many African Authors Awards 2020 taking place in different parts of the continent. They aim at appreciating the African writers in various categories, all of which have played a role in promoting the reading and learning culture in the African continent. The growth of the African authors and literary scene at large is a result of the continued effort to write and publish content that resonates well with the African audience. Some of the African Authors Awards 2020 taking place include the following events;
The Caine Prize for African Writing
This one is among the African Authors Awards 2020 that is expected to attract various entries to be eligible for the consideration, and one must be a publisher. The work is also supposed to be fictional, and only one story is considered for the author in any single year. There is also a requirement of six copies of the work in its published version. The Caine Prize for African Writing has no application form. One only requires to send six original texts of published works and a letter from the publisher. The deadline for this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing is January 31st.African Literary festivals in 2020
K & L Prize for African Literature 2020
Another African Authors Awards 2020 taking place is the K & L Prize. A call for entries for the short stories from young African writers has been made. The theme of this year’s K & L Prize is the Africanfuturism. These awards were founded by New Zealand based Nigerian writer, Myles Ojabo in 2018. The prize money is $1000 NZ and goes to the best piece of unpublished fiction. This year’s stories must have an Africanfuturism theme, a term associated with Nigerian-American author, Nnedi Okafor. The applicants must be African, reside in African, be 18-25 years old, and their stories should be in English and ought not to exceed 2000 words.
Poetvango Award for Short Fiction
This is an annual literary festival and award that takes place in Botswana. The prize focuses on the short story form. It is part of the Maun International Arts Festival and is sponsored by the Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development and the U.S embassy in Botswana. The contest aims at supporting and encouraging writers of any nationality living within Botswana. The 2019/2020 contest is the fourth installment has already its submissions done. The judges are working to determine this year’s winners.