THE K & L PRIZE: AFRICANFUTURISM

The 2020 K and L prize is now receiving short stories on the theme, Africanfuturism. The term was coined by Nigerian-American author, Nnedi Okorafor.

In the genre of Africanfuturism there are often depictions of aliens, and sometimes witches. The settings are likely in a recognizable future Africa, with African lineages — which “are not cultural hybrids but rooted in the history and traditions of the continent” with no element or traits drawn from Western culture (or even pop culture)”.

The K and L prize, founded and sponsored by New Zealand based Nigerian writer, Myles Ojabo, awards $1000 (New Zealand) to the best piece of unpublished fiction. The inaugural edition was awarded to South African writer, Sisca Julius, for her story, Honey Bee.

Who can enter:

  1. All entrants should be African
  2. All entrants should be resident in Africa
  3. All entrants should be between ages 18 and 25

The guidelines are:

  1. Stories should not exceed 2000 words
  2. File format must be in Microsoft Word
  3. Writings should be in English
  4. All entries should be emailed to id.ojabo@gmail.com
  5. Email subject should have the name of short stories, age of applicant and ‘2020 K and L prize’

The competition is open until the 1st of December 2019.

Judges for the 2020 edition are:

Chigbo Arthur Anyaduba

Anyaduba  is an assistant professor of English at the University of Winnipeg, Canada. His work focuses broadly on contemporary African literatures. His current research examines representations of mass atrocities and genocides in Africa. Anyaduba is a recipient of several prestigious awards, including a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for his doctoral dissertation at the University of Manitoba, and a J.B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellowship at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for his research on “African” genocides. He is also a senior editor of Saraba Literary Magazine and his creative writings have appeared on numerous platforms.

Dione Joseph

She is the founder of Black Creatives Aotearoa and co-founder of JK Productions: He Kōrero Ngā Tahi (Telling Our Stories Together). Her commitment to creating, sharing and manifesting opportunities for diverse artists has seen her work as director and dramaturge in theatre for the last decade across New Zealand, Australia and the USA. She has also been active as a writer stage critic, international guest scholar and community advocate. She has a MA in Community and Cultural Development from the Victorian College of the Arts and an BA (Hons) in Theatre Studies from the University of Melbourne. 

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