Goethe-Institut has launched a talent-search for young adult fiction from Africa and is accepting submissions from September 1 to November 20. The German art and culture organisation invites aspiring African writers of all ages interested in writing for Young Adults (YA) to submit short stories of 3000-5000 words in length in Kiswahili, English or French.
“A panel of curators will then select the best texts and invite the writers to participate in workshops across the continent that will take place in February 2019,” said a statement on the organisation’s website.
The top stories from the workshops will be published in an anthology that will be available in Kiswahili, English and French and launched at Ake Festival 2019.
Interested writers can send a short story to firstname.lastname@example.org with a short biography and the preferred city for the workshop.
Workshops take place from February 11-15, 2019 in the following languages in the following cities:
Kiswahili: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
French: Lome, Togo and Dakar, Senegal
English: Accra, Ghana; Kigali, Rwanda; Lagos, Nigeria; Nairobi, Kenya and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Announcement of the stories that make the selection will be on January 3, 2019.