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Call for Ideas: Royal African Society’s Africa Writes 2019 for Talented Writers

The Royal African Society’s annual celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora returns to the British Library! Every year the Society showcases established and emerging talent from the African continent and its diaspora in what is now the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing taking place over an exciting summer weekend.

Application Deadline: 6th November 2018

Eligible Countries: African countries and Africans in other countries

To be Taken at (Country): The British Library, London

About the Award: The Royal African Society’s annual celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora returns! Established in 2012, Africa Writes is now the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing. The festival aims to showcase both established writers and newcomers to a UK audience, provide an opportunity for African literature fans to meet and connect, and to encourage people to develop their interest in literature and their own creative skills.

We aim for the process to be open and inclusive, to reflect the broad community that makes up Africa Writes. All the individuals and organisations whose submissions are part of the 2018 programme will be fully acknowledged and credited.

– Do you represent an author that you think would be perfect for Africa Writes?
– Are you buzzing with an idea for a book launch or workshop that you would love to see at the festival?
– Do you have an idea for a performance event or panel discussion?

From the seeds of an idea to a fully-fledged plan, we would like to invite you to submit whatever suggestions you might have, to influence and help create the festival in 2019. The submissions will be then reviewed and some will be developed, to work towards shaping the programme for Africa Writes 2019. This in turn, will inform our applications to secure funding for the festival to take place.

Type: Contest

Eligibility: The Society aims for the process to be open and inclusive, to reflect the broad community that makes up Africa Writes! All the individuals and organisations whose submissions are part of the 2018 program will be fully acknowledged and credited.

Number of Awards: Not specified

Duration of Program: 

LONDON – Friday 5 July – Saturday 6 July, The British Library
BRISTOL – late June (final dates TBC)

How to Apply: Go to submission form

Visit the Program Webpage for Details