Iskanchi Book Prize

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 plus $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. l
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  • Book submissions should be previously unpublished and between 50,000– 120,000 words.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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