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The Graywolf Press Africa Prize


The Graywolf Press Africa Prize

Writing is one of the most difficult works in the world but getting the work published after writing is much more difficult, more tasking is getting a reputable publishing house to give the work all the needed attention. Bearing this in mind, it is thrilling to African writers to hear of the new Graywolf Press Africa Prize to be awarded to a first novel manuscript by an African author residing in Africa. The Prize will be judged by the Nigerian author of ‘Black Ass’ and ‘Love is Power, or Something Like That’, A. Igoni Barrett. The submission period is to run between October 1st to October 31st 2017 and a winner announced in early 2018.

The winning manuscript will receive a $12, 000 advance plus publication by the reputable Graywolf Press which will include an effort by Graywolf to make the book available in major markets in Africa and around the world. Submissions must be full-length, previously unpublished novel manuscript written originally in English or translated into English.

Writers are instructed to submit their manuscripts using Graywolf Press’ page.

In the words of the press, “For the Prize, Graywolf Press is seeking novels that are engaged with the current moment – stories that could only be told in our time. We look forward to encountering authors who approach contemporary issues with innovative prose and fresh perspective.

Graywolf is excited by the wealth of talented and imaginative writers coming from a wide range of African countries. With the Prize we hope to amplify the voice of the new author, whose novel will be published alongside exemplary African writers on the Graywolf list such as Tsitsi Dangarembga (This Mournable Body, forthcoming 2018), Binyavanga Wainaina (Someday I Will Write About This Place, 2012), Nurrudin Farrah (Sweet and Sour Milk, 2006), Anouar Benmalek (Lovers of Algeria, 2004), and Igoni Barrett’s books.

About the Judge

  1. Igoni Barrett is the author of a story collection Love is Power, or Something Like That and a novel, Black Ass. He is the recipient of the Chinua Achebe Centre Fellowship, a Norman Mailer Center Fellowship, and a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Residency. He lives in Nigeria.

Graywolf Press is an award winning independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of contemporary American and International literature. Founded in 1974, the press is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota (

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