The Afritondo Short Story Prize 2023 is open to submissions from writers who identify as Black or who are of African descent.

If you are an eloquent writer and gifted storyteller, please send them your work. Ensure that your story explores the theme of aliens. You could win $1000 for sending a well written story between 3000 – 5000 words). Finalists will receive a cash award of $100.

Deadline for submissions: December 16, 2022

About Afritondo Short Story Prize.

Afritondo, “a media and publishing platform that aims to tell the stories of Africans and black minority populations across the globe”. Every year, it calls for submissions for their short story prize. This year the prize will focus on the theme of aliens. Here’s how the call for submission describes aliens:

unfamiliar things, unfamiliar people, how they are received and lived with or rejected, how they change families, communities, societies.

The winning story and the longlisted stories will appear in an anthology to be published by Afritondo. To increase your chances of winning make sure your story has a narrative arc and/or a character arc.

Here’s what the judges say they’ll be looking for in stories.

We are looking for stories that surprise us, that take risks with imagination and language. Feel free to give the theme your own personal interpretation. A good story for our prize will offer unique insight into the theme and explore characters in refreshing and imaginative ways.

The deadline for submissions is the 16th of December 2022.


Who is Eligible to Apply for the Afritondo Short Story Prize 2023:

  • Anyone who is a citizen of any African country, or who has a parent who is.
  • Also, anyone who is of black ethnicity or who belongs to a black minority population in the world.

How to Submit to the Afritondo Short Story Prize 2023:

  • Submit a story of between 3000—5000 words on aliens.
  • The story must be in English.
  • Only one submission per writer.
  • The submission should be in Microsoft word (doc, docx), should be double-spaced and must be in Times New Roman or Calibri font, 12pt. Also, every page must be numbered.
  • The author’s name or bio information must not be included anywhere on the document; the document should contain only the story, its title and word count.
  • The story’s title must be the title of the document to be uploaded.
  • Submissions should be sent to [email protected]. The subject of the email should read: “Submissions for Afritondo Short Story Prize 2023”.
  • Entries must not have been previously published or shortlisted for any prize.
  • The decisions of the judges in relation to the winning entries are final and not subject to appeal.


Prizes To Be Awarded To Winners of the Afritondo Short Story Prize 2023:

  • The winner receives $1000. Four finalists will receive $100.
  • The longlisted stories and the winner stories will appear in an anthology of stories to be published by Afritondo.


Judges of the Afritondo Short Story Prize 2023 include:

  • Doreen Baingana,
  • Ayesha Harruna Attah,
  • Efemia Chela.

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