December 2, 2023

The workshop is free and will be held virtually from the 9th to the 13th of January 2023.

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Applications into The 2022 Idembeka Creative Writing Workshop, a virtual workshop for African writers living in the continent, is open from November 1st to 30th, 2022. 

The workshop is free and will be held virtually from the 9th to the 13th of January 2023.

Only writers with three or fewer publications are eligible to apply (self-publication is excluded from this restriction). Entrants must be African. Also, they must be currently resident in an African country.

Classes will be taught by accomplished writers and writing teachers such as Okey Ndibe, Ukamaka Olisakwe, T.L. Huchu, Mubanga Kalimamukwento, Kasimma, and Frances Ogamba.

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Idembeka Creative Writing Workshop

Submission Guidelines

Only short stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction pieces are allowed.

Prose entries should not exceed 1000 words.

Poetry: A maximum of 5 pages.

Manuscript format: William Shaunn manuscript, 12 points (New Times Roman or Arial), Margin: 0.5. Double spaced.

Submissions will be judged blindly, so please omit all identifying information. No Name/Pen name or email address on your submission document. Only the story title should appear on the manuscript.

Application window: November 1st – November 30th, 2022, or until the organizers reach the submissions cap.

All submissions must be sent in a PDF or Word document as an attachment via email to

The subject line must include the word SUBMISSION  + your name, surname, and title of the story.

Use your name, surname, and title of your story, in the file naming section. eg. Save your file using the following conventions: FIRST NAME, LAST NAME_STORY TITLE. JANE DUNNAMIS_THE HONEST POLITICIAN.)

Please submit only unpublished works.

No multiple submissions. Only one submission per entrant.

Add a cover letter on the body of your email, including your name, title of story, word count, address, contact details, and bio.

Successful candidates will be contacted via email.

At the end of the workshop, stories produced by the participants will be considered for publication in Isele Magazine.

Writers will learn how to write more eloquently.

Participants will have a chance to have their stories critiqued constructively by other writers.

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