The prize is open to African poets who have not published a full-length poetry book at the time of submission.
By Hope Ibiale
The Evaristo Prize for African Poetry is currently open for submissions for the 2024 edition, with a submission timeline between October 1 and November 1, 2023.
Established first as the Brunel International African Poetry Prize (BIAPP) in 2012 by British writer Bernadine Evaristo, the prize was renamed the Evaristo Prize for African Poetry in 2022. The literary prize seeks to, “encourage a new generation of poets who might one day become an international presence.” Some of the prize’s previous winners have gone on to win other literary prizes and get their winning chapbooks published. The prize winner will receive $1,500.
The panel of judges for this year will include Gabeba Baderoon (Chair), Tjawangwa Dema, and Mahtem Shiferraw.
Submissions must come from African writers born in Africa, residents in African countries, or writers whose parents are African. The prize is open to African poets who have not published a full-length poetry book at the time of submission. Only poetry submissions in English can be considered. The prize also accepts poems in translation, but a percentage of the prize money will be given to the translator. No past or present employees of the University of Nebraska Press, Akashic Books, or Amalion Press and students or employees at the University of Nebraska are eligible for the prize.
Eligible writers can submit their entries here.
Further details on eligibility and entry guidelines are available here.