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Kendeka Prize for African Literature

Kendeka Prize for African Literature 2021

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Kendeka Prize for African Literature is accepting entries from 1st February, 2021 to 31st May, 2021 for its’ 2021 edition. The competition is administered by Solano Publications Ltd and entry is free. This Prize will be awarded for the best piece of an unpublished short story either fiction or creative non-fiction.

Kendeka Prize for African Literature is an annual event and it is an initiative of Andrew Maina, a Kenyan writer, through Solano Publications Ltd. It aims at giving African writers, especially the unpublished a platform on which to showcase their work. Through this platform, more people will have access to their work which will, in turn, inspire more writing.

Through this Prize, Africans will have an opportunity not only to tell their own stories but the freedom of telling them, as they are. This is because, for a long time, the ‘African Story’ has been told by foreigners, people who purport to know Africa. They have ended up with a story of Africa, a single story of a hungry, warring, ailing and backward people, a story of a continent full of calamities. This is their new version of the story of the Dark Continent.


The Kendeka Prize for African Literature will be KShs.100,000 while the 2nd and the 3rd shall receive Kshs 50,000 and 25,000 for respectively. The remaining two of the five short-listed stories shall receive KShs 5,000 each. All long-listed stories shall be published in an anthology titled I Am listening, 2021 Edition. The prize shall be awarded at a ceremony to be held during the Nairobi International Book Fair.


  • Entrants must be born in, or are citizens of any African country.
  • One entry per writer. Moreover, manuscripts should be between 3000 and 5000 words.
  • All entries must be in English.
  • Entries should be attached in Microsoft Word or Rich Text format; with the title of the story as the file name.
  • The first page of the story should include the name of the story and the number of words.
  • Also, the entry must be typed in Times New Roman 12 point font with 1.5 line spacing.
  • Entries must be sent as attachments to an email.
  • Furthermore, the email to which the story is attached must include the legal name of the writer, telephone number, a short Bio, age, and country of residence.

More Information


Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline31 May,2021
Open toAll
OrganizerThe Solano Publications Ltd



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