Iskanchi Book Prize

Join the Iskanchi Book Prize and elevate your story. An opportunity for global recognition and publication awaits African writers. Submit your manuscript, shape literary history, and become a part of the Iskanchi legacy that celebrates the richness of African storytelling. The Iskanchi Book Prize aims to recognize exceptional prose and hybrid book manuscripts and offer the winners a chance to be published. This competition is open to both emerging and established African writers living anywhere in the world.

The winner will receive publication of a full-length manuscript, and be awarded $1,500.
The submission period opens November 1, 2023 and closes January 30, 2024. 
Finalists and the winner of the prize will be announced in February 2024. 
The winning manuscript will be published in Fall 2025.

Submission Categories:
Prose: Fiction and non-fiction manuscripts (novels, novellas, short story collections, essay collections, memoirs, etc.).
Hybrid: Manuscripts that blend multiple genres or mediums (e.g., poetry and visual art, prose and photography, experimental formats, etc.)


  • Book submissions should be previously unpublished and between 50,000– 120,000 words.
  • Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or competitions are allowed, but please notify us immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Subject of submission should be "Iskanchi Book Prize"
  • Please send all submissions to

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