The African Poetry Book Fund, in partnership with Prairie Schooner and the University of Nebraska, promotes and advances the development and publication of the poetic arts  through its book series, contests, workshops, and seminars and through its collaborations with publishers, festivals, booking agents, colleges,  universities, conferences and all other entities that share an interest  in the poetic arts of Africa. 

We publish between three and five poetry books each year, including the winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, a chapbook box set of emerging African poets, and our New and Selected series. 


Luschei Prize for African Poetry

The Luschei Prize for African Poetry is a post-publication award of US $1,000 to a book of poetry published by an African author.

An African writer is  someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African.

We do not accept submissions electronically. Please visit our website for more information on how to submit.


Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets 

The Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets awards USD $1,000 and publication by the University of Nebraska Press. 

We accept electronic submissions of full-length manuscripts of poetry to the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets annually between September 15 and December 1.

An African writer is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African.

No past or present paid employees of the University of Nebraska Press or Amalion Press, or current faculty, students, or employees at the University of Nebraska, are eligible for the prizes.

No entry fee is required to submit to the contest.


Evaristo African Poetry Prize (formerly the Brunel International African Poetry Prize)

The Evaristo African Poetry Prize awards USD $1,500 to ten poems. 

We accept electronic submissions to the Evaristo African Poetry Prize annually between October 1 and November 1.

An African writer is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African.

No past or present paid employees of the University of Nebraska Press or Amalion Press, or current faculty, students, or employees at the University of Nebraska, are eligible for the prizes.

No entry fee is required to submit to the contest.


General Submissions

We accept electronic unsolicited full-length poetry manuscript submissions from published and unpublished African poets during our open submissions periods. To keep track of APBF calls for manuscript submission, please sign up for our newsletter here: https://bit.ly/35k9BNo

For more information on our other publishing and literary activities, visit our website: http://africanpoetrybf.unl.edu/.

The APBF is a small nonprofit organization run almost entirely by  volunteers and funded by individual donations and grants. This allows us  to focus on our unique vision to publish and promote African poetry. To maintain the accessibility of our prizes and submission periods to  poets across the globe, the APBF does not charge reading fees. All these  things mean that we rely on the generosity of our community—every  donation supports African poets and makes our work possible.

Donations to the APBF support a range of visionary projects,  including poetry prizes, publications, local poetry libraries, and more.

Recurring gifts help us  sustain the long-term continuity of our projects and ensure we can keep celebrating the transformative global voices that speak to you. If you would like to make a recurring gift, please visit this link. 

Thank you for your support!

During our open submissions period, the APBF is pleased to consider unsolicited manuscripts from African poets (previously published or not), and our editorial staff reviews each submission.

Please familiarize yourself with our organization and our publishing list to ensure your eligibility and determine if your manuscript is a good fit for our series.

Submissions that do not  initially meet the guidelines below will not be considered. Please note  that we cannot consider manuscripts that have been previously  self-published.

Of the hundreds of manuscripts we receive each  year, we publish only a handful. Our  selection process is rigorous and focused on finding the best writing by African poets.


OPEN SUBMISSIONS AND READING PERIODS

We are currently open to submissions. 

We do our best to respond to submissions  during the reading periods. We have a small staff and a  steady flow of  manuscript submissions, and our review may take around 3-4 months. Please be  patient while we give your manuscript our full consideration. We cannot  respond to letters, phone calls, or emails requesting manuscript status.

We only accept electronic submissions, and our submissions system only accepts manuscripts during  the open submission periods. Any manuscripts mailed to us will be recycled unread.


Submissions Guidelines

Unsolicited manuscripts are considered for publication through the University of Nebraska Press.


Eligibility:

The African Poetry Book Fund considers manuscript submissions from published and unpublished African writers. An “African  writer” is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a  national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are  African.

Only poetry submissions in English can be considered, though work translated from another language to English is considered for English-only publication.

Manuscript:

Poetry manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long. Please review our previous poetry titles to get a sense for what we’re  looking for in a poetry collection. Please submit a query letter along with the complete collection.

While  we have no specific formatting rules, we suggest sending your  manuscript in Times New Roman or Arial, 12 point font, single-spaced. We  also prefer one poem per page, meaning a new poem does not  begin on the same page on which another ends.

Please submit only one manuscript at a time and wait to hear our response before sending another.




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