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    Tuesday, 4 October 2016


    The African Poetry Book Fund (APBF), in partnership with Prairie Schooner and the University of Nebraska, promotes and advances the development and publication of the poetic arts through its book series, contests, workshops, and seminars and through its collaborations with publishers, festivals, booking agents, colleges, universities, conferences and all other entities that share an interest in the poetic arts of Africa.
    APBF publishes 3-5 books on poetry books every year, including the winner of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets, a chapbook box set of emerging African poets, and our New and selected series.

    Winner: $1000 and book publication through the University of Nebraska Press.

    Entry must be the first book of the writer.
    Writer must be an African i.e. someone born in Africa or is resident in an African country or whose parents are African.
    Writer must be someone who has not published a book-length poetry collection including self-published books which have been sold online, in stores or at public readings.
    Poetry must be written in English Language. Entries translated from other languages are accepted but a percentage of the prize will be awarded to the translator.
    Past or present paid employees of the University of Nebraska Press or Amalion Press, or current faculty, students or employees at the University of Nebraska are not eligible to apply.

    Application Rules and Regulations
    1. Poetry manuscripts should be at least 50 pages long.
    2. The Title (but not the name, contact address, email address or telephone number of the author) should appear on the cover page.
    3. An Acknowledgement page which contains the publication history of the poems by the author may be included.
    4. Manuscript should be submitted in Times New Roman or Arial, 12 point font, single-line spacing, although this is not strict.
    5. No application forms are required.
    6. Writers may submit more than one manuscript but each new poem should begin on a new page.
    7. All submissions should be in electronic format.

    Applications Close
    1st December, 2016

    NOTE: Electronic formats of unsolicited poetry manuscripts from published and unpublished African poets are accepted as from 1st January, 2017.

    For more information, visit the official website of African Poetry Book Fund.

    For more details on the Sillerman First Book Prize for African poets, visit the official website of Sillerman First Book Prize.

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