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2021 Koffi Addo Prize For Creative African Writers- Nonfiction

Nominations are currently ongoing for the 2021 Koffi Addo Prize for Creative African Writers- Nonfiction. Read through to know if you’re eligible.

About Koffi Addo Prize

Koffi Addo prize attracts entries from eight schools in the South Western (Kigezi) Uganda region, namely: Bishop Robert Gay Nyanja SSS, God’s Grace Primary School, Immaculate Heart SS Nyakibale, Kabale Secondary School, Kigata High School, Nyakigugwe Primary School, Nyanja Primary School, and Rwanyana Primary School.

The 19 stories will be whittled down to a shortlist of 9 stories, which will be announced at the start of the third school term for 2021. The 9 shortlisted writers will be invited and supported to travel to Kampala in December 2021 for the prize winners’ announcement. Ahead of the announcement, they will participate in various activities including a tour of the city.

The winners of the prize will receive cash worth one school term’s fees. At a future date, the writers will work with a team of translators and editors to prepare their stories for publishing in an anthology, which will be bilingual: both in the original Rukiga and in English translation.




Literature/ writing

Benefit of Award: 

  1. Shortlisted writers may be invited to attend the annual Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda, on August 2021.
  2. The winner of the prize will be awarded $500 (USD) cash and may be considered for a one-month writing residency at a university in an African country.
  3. The winner will be required to produce a complete first draft of a publishable creative nonfiction manuscript before the residency.
  4. The winner, on taking up the residency commits to publishing the manuscript edited through the residency, under the Writivism Series with a CACE partner publisher.

Host country: 

Kampala, Uganda

Eligible Countries: 

African countries

Eligibility Criteria: 

  1. Entrants must be unpublished writers (unpublished here means those who have not had a book published), residents in an African country. Questions of eligibility shall be resolved by the CACE administration and their decision is final.
  2. The writer must include in the body of the email, other information about him/her i.e country of residence, age, legal name, and pen name (where applicable), and telephone contact.
  3. Only one entry per writer may be submitted for the Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Nonfiction. The story must be original and previously unpublished in any form (including on the writer’s personal blog).
  4. All entries will be checked automatically for plagiarism using electronic software. Entries found to be plagiarized will be disqualified without notification to the writer.
  5. All entries must be in English, and 2,500 – 3,500 words long.
  6. Entries should be attached in Microsoft Word or Rich Text formats, with the title of the story as the file name. The first page of the story should include the title of the story and the number of words.
  7. The entry must be typed in Times New Roman 12 point font and 1.5 line spacing. No mention should be made of the identity of the writer in the entry.
  8. Entrants agree as a condition of entry that CACE may publicize the fact that a story has been entered or shortlisted for the Prize. Worldwide copyright of each story remains with the writer. CACE will have the unrestricted right to publish and translate the short-listed stories in an anthology and elsewhere.
  9. The writer shall not publish the shortlisted story elsewhere, until ten years from the first date of the original publication by CACE.
  10. Longlisted writers will edit their stories with a commissioned editor prior to publication in the annual anthology. Failure to cooperate with the editorial team will lead to exclusion of the story from the anthology.

How to Apply: 

  • Entries must be submitted online, by emailing them to info@writivism.com as attachments (not in the body of the email), clearly labeled in the subject: 2021 Koffi Addo Prize.
  • The writer must include in the body of the email, other information about him/her i.e country of residence, age, legal name, and pen name (where applicable), and telephone contact.

Application Deadline: 

31st March each year

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