Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets – Submissions Open September 15

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Starting September 15, the African Poetry Book Fund is accepting submissions for the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. There is no fee to enter, and winners receive $1,000 US and publication through the University of Nebraska Press and Amalion Press in Senegal. The contest is open to African writers who have not yet published a book-length poetry collection. (An African writer is taken as someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African.) Click here for full contest details and to enter your manuscript starting September 15.

Past winners of the Sillerman First Book Prize include 2014 winner Ladan Osman (pictured below) and 2013 winner Clifton Gachagua, whose collection Madman at Kilifi (above) was released as part of this year’s African Poetry Book series.