Call for submissions: AfroYoungAdult – a talent-search for Young Adult fiction from Africa!

Calling aspiring African writers of all ages interested in writing for Young Adults!

The Goethe-Institut invites you to submit short stories of 3000–5000 words aimed at Young Adult readers (13–19 years) for the AfroYoungAdult project.

The stories can be written in Kiswahili, English or French.

A panel of curators will  select the best texts and invite the writers to participate in workshops across the continent that will take place in February 2019.

The top stories from these workshop will be published in an anthology that will be available in Kiswahili, English and French and launched at the Aké Arts and Book Festival in Nigeria in 2019.

How to apply

Send your short story to with a short biography and your preferred city for the workshop (please see below for options).

Important dates

Submissions: 1 September–30 November 2018

Announcement: 3 January 2019

Workshops: 11–15 February 2019 (It is therefore important that submissions come from writers who will be in Africa and can travel to their chosen city during the week of the workshop.)

Workshops will take place in the following languages in the following cities:

  • Kiswahili: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • French: Lome, Togo; Dakar, Senegal
  • English: Accra, Ghana; Kigali, Rwanda; Lagos, Nigeria; Nairobi, Kenya; Johannesburg, South Africa

Categories Africa Fiction

Tags Competitions Creative Writing Goethe-Institut Young Adult

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