The 2020 K & L Prize is open for submissions. Currently in its second year, the $1000 NZ prize was founded and sponsored by New Zealand-based Nigerian writer Myles Ojabo. It is awarded to the best piece of unpublished fiction by an African.

The 2019 prize asked for short stories between 1,000 and 2,000 words that were about or inspired by a historical event on the continent. The prize was awarded to South Africa’s Sisca Julius for her story “Honey Bee.”

The deadline for submissions for this year’s prize is December 1, 2019. Here are the guidelines for entry:

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THE K & L PRIZE: AFRICANFUTURISM

The 2020 K and L Prize is now receiving short stories on the theme, Africanfuturism. The term was coined by Nigerian-American author, Nnedi Okorafor.

In the genre of Africanfuturism there are often depictions of aliens, and sometimes witches. The settings are likely in a recognizable future Africa, with African lineages — which “are not cultural hybrids but rooted in the history and traditions of the continent” with no element or traits drawn from Western culture (or even pop culture).”

Who can enter:

  1. All entrants should be African
  2. All entrants should be resident in Africa
  3. All entrants should be between ages 18 and 25

The guidelines are:

  1. Stories should not exceed 2000 words
  2. File format must be in Microsoft Word
  3. Writings should be in English
  4. All entries should be emailed to ojabo@gmail.com
  5. Email subject should have the name of short stories, age of applicant and ‘2020 K and L prize’

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