The Evaristo Prize for African Poetry Contest is ongoing.

The Evaristo Prize for African Poetry is USD $1,500 award given annually to ten poems written by African poets. The deadline for submission is November 1st.


  • The Prize is open to African writers.
  • The prize is open to African poets who have not yet had a full-length  poetry book published at the time of submission. Self-published poetry  books, chapbooks, and pamphlets are exempt from this stipulation.
  • Poems must be written in English. If the winning piece is translated, the translator will get part of the prize money.
  • No past or present paid employees of the University of Nebraska  Press, Akashic Books, Amalion Press. Current faculty students, or employees at the University of Nebraska are not eligible for the prizes.
  • African poets who have published a chapbook in a New-Generation African Poets Chapbooks Box Set series remain eligible for the Evaristo African Poetry Prize if they have not published a full-length book of poems.

Evaristo Prize for African Poets

Submission Guidelines

  • Manuscripts of 10 poems, no more and no less, will be accepted via Submittable.
  • Please do not send any submissions via email.
  • Poems must be the original work of the entrant and be no longer than 40 lines each.
  • People who have previously entered the prize can re-submit but should share new poems.
  • While there are no specific formatting rules, it is advisable to send your  manuscript in Times New Roman or Arial, 12-point font, single-spaced. Furthermore, one poem per page is preferred, which means that new poem does not begin on the same page where another ends.The entire submission must be in black  ink, no colors.
  • Poems must be submitted in a single document without any identifying information included.
  • Alterations  cannot be made to poems once entered.
  • The entrant’s name, nationality, country of birth, full address including country of permanent residence, personal email address, and telephone number should be included in the Submittable cover letter, which will be hidden from screeners and judges.
  • To ensure confidentiality and fairness, all submissions to the Evaristo Prize are handled by our Book Prize Coordinator, Nicole Lachat.  Please direct questions regarding submissions to her attention [email protected]

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