Call For Submissions: 2019 Goethe-Institut’s #Afroyoungadult Short Story Contest—Apply

The Goethe-Institut’s Afro Young Adult Short Story contest has open for submissions. Prizes will be awarded to YA writers of African descent whose submitted stories  show remarkable talent and creativity. Feel free to get unique story ideas from our list of inspirational podcasts.
Rules and Guidelines:
  • Stories must be between 3000 and 5000 words
  • Only short stories will be accepted.  (Learn from our short story writing tips Here and Here)
  • Writers must be from an African country.
  • Entries can be in Kiswahili, English or French.
  • Deadline for submissions:  30 November, 2018
Shortlisted stories will be published in the Afroyoungadult anthology.

Shortlisted authors will also be invited to  participate in a creative writing workshop, slated to hold in February 2019.

The anthology will be available in Kiswahili, English, and French, and launched at the Ake Festival in 2019 .
How To Apply:
Send your short story via email to
Don’t forget to include a short biography and your choice of city for the workshop.
The workshops will hold in the following languages and cities:
  1. KISWAHILI: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

2. FRENCH: Lome, Togo; Dakar, Senegal.

3. ENGLISH: Accra, Ghana; Kigali, Rwanda; Lagos, Nigeria; Nairobi, Kenya; Johannesburg, South Africa.

The shortlist will be published on the 3rd of January, 2019. The workshops are scheduled to hold between 11th February  to 15th February, 2019.
If you won’t be available to travel to attend the  creative writing workshop, you may want to reconsider applying for this contest.
For more information, email:
Good luck

2 thoughts on “Call For Submissions: 2019 Goethe-Institut’s #Afroyoungadult Short Story Contest—Apply

  • Nov 8, 2018 at 12:18 pm

    Should the bio be pasted on the body of the email?

    • Nov 8, 2018 at 1:22 pm

      Yes Chichi,
      You can add your bio in the cover letter (where you introduce yourself and your work) to the acquisition editor.

      You can also paste the story in the body of the email, but only after you’ve concluded the letter. You can also attach the story as well (except the organizers don’t want attachments).

      Good luck to you Chichi


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