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Call for Crime Fiction Manuscripts

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Cordite Books hereby calls for submissions from African authors in the genre of Crime Fiction ONLY.

1ST PRIZE: Publishing deal with Cordite Books. (US$ 1000 continental advance on royalties.)



Honourable Mention for the 4th and 5th best manuscripts received.


  • An African is a citizen of the 53 countries in the continent of Africa and adjoining island, including descendants of such citizens who hold valid African passports.
  • Authors must be resident in an African country and be ready to schedule readings across the continent if successful.
  • Electronic copies of manuscripts are to be formatted as set out below and uploaded in the adjacent form
    • Times New Roman, 13 points, Double spacing.
    • Microsoft Office Word and compatible formats [e.g. Open Office]
    • Documents should be named “Cordite Submission – Authors Name – Manuscript Title” eg “Cordite Submission – Ian Fleming – Octopussy.doc”. Synopsis documents should be named in the format “Cordite Synopsis – Authors Name – Manuscript Title”.
  • Detailed contact details including previous publication and experience should form the first page of the manuscript uploaded.
  • A detailed Synopsis of the manuscript, under 750 words, should be attached at the time of submissions using the appropriate upload button. 
  • For more information, go to the CORDITE BOOKS Website.

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