Sparkle Writers, here are some great opportunities for you


Are you are a writer, author or poet? If your answer is yes then you do not want to miss out on these opportunities from the Writivism Literary Initiative. Read on to find out more.

The 2016 Okot P’Bitek Prize for Poetry in Translation

This is a one-off award for emerging poets in Africa. The award was created by the Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Okot P’Bitek’s Song of Lawino. The prize aims to award poets who write originally in an African indigenous language and translate their own poetry to English to celebrate the process of self-translation and bi-linguality in African poetry. So if you have poems written in your local dialect, then go for it!

If you are picked as the winner of this prize, you’ll get to go home with $500 and you will also have the option of attending a one-month writing residency at a soon to be announced African university. We think that’s awesome. Send in your entries as quickly as possible because the deadline for submission is Tuesday 31st May. Click here for more information about the prize and other important guidelines.


The Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Non Fiction

This prize is an annual award for non-fiction by emerging African writers resident in Ghana administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE). The prize seeks to remedy the prominence gap of Ghanaian writers on the African scene. To be eligible, you must be an unpublished writer (meaning that you have not published any book) and you must be resident in Ghana.

Entries must be submitted online, by sending an email to with your piece as an attachment and not in the body of the email and clearly labeled in the subject: Koffi Addo Prize 2016. The deadline for receiving entries is Monday May 30, 2016 and the prize to be won is $500. Click here for more details about this prize.

The Abena Korantemaa Writivism Prize for Oral History


This award is for emerging writers and storytellers. The prize is aimed at celebrating storytelling through oral means and encouraging the recognition of the oral tradition as history. If you are interested in applying, what you need to do is to record a 5-8 minutes oral factual story as told to you by an older African woman who is unable to document her own story in English. This story could be told orally, and transcribed or written into a story.

All entries must be submitted by midnight on Monday May 30, 2016 and the guidelines must be thoroughly followed.

We wish you all the best Sparkle Writers. Don’t forget to get your entries in as quickly as possible of you are interested in any of these prizes.

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