Call for Submissions for the Young African Poets Anthology (Publication)

Are you between the ages of 15 and 19? Do you write poems? This is for you?

Ernest Ogunyemi, together with Fiyinfoluwa Timothy Oladipo, is curating anthology of the best poems by young African poets or who are of African descent and are between the ages of 15 and 19. The anthology will be available for download as an e-book on Brittle Paper and will be guest-edited by the poets Itiola Jones, winner of the 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Poetry, and Nome Emeka Patrick, whose poetry manuscript We Need New Moses. Or Martin Luther King was a finalist for the 2018 Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. The deadline for submission to the anthology is November 30, 2019.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

  • Anybody who is African or of African descent and is between the ages of 15 and 19.
  • Entrants do not need to live on the continent, they may live in the diaspora.

How to Apply:

  • Submit a minimum of two poems or a maximum of four.
  • The poems could be on any theme, but each poem must not exceed forty lines.
  • The poems must be in English; those in any other language will not be read. However, translations are welcome, but they must be accompanied by the originals.
  • The subject of the email should be, “Young African Poets Anthology Submission”. Note: “There should be no identifying information on the attached document, all information should be in the body of the email. Add your email on the last page of your poem.”
  • If your work is ready, submit to: [email protected]
  • Submissions close by November 30, 2019.


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