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Call for Submissions

#AFROYOUNGADULT: a talent-search for Young Adult fiction from Africa!

AFROYOUNGADULT LogoGoethe-Institut Johannesburg


The Goethe-Institut invites aspiring African writers of all ages interested in writing for Young Adults (13 - 19 years) to submit short stories of 3000-5000 words in length in Kiswahili, English or French. 

A panel of curators will then select the best texts and invite the writers to participate in workshops across the continent that will take place in February 2019.

The top stories from these workshop will be published in an anthology that will be available in Kiswahili, English and French and launched at Ake Festival 2019. 

How to apply:

Send your short story to afroyoungadult@gmail.com with a short biography and your preferred city for the workshop (please see below for options).

Important Dates:

Submission: September 1 - November 30 2018

Announcement: January 3, 2019 

Workshops: 11-15 February 2019 (It is therefore important that submissions come from writers who will be in Africa and can travel to their chosen city during the week of the workshop.)

Workshops will take place in the following languages in the following cities:

for Kiswahili: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

for French: Lome, Togo; Dakar, Senegal

for English: Accra, Ghana; Kigali, Rwanda; Lagos, Nigeria; Nairobi, Kenya; Johannesburg, South Africa