Iskanchi Book Prize / How to Apply (Prize: $1500 + Publication)
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Iskanchi Book Prize / How to Apply (Prize: $1500 + Publication)

Iskanchi Press is calling for submissions of exceptional prose and hybrid manuscripts.

Iskanchi Book Prize aims to recognize exceptional prose and hybrid book manuscripts and offer the winners a chance to be published. This competition is open to both emerging and established African writers living anywhere in the world.

  Finalists and the winner of the prize will be announced in February 2024.  Winning manuscript will be published in Fall 2025.  

Iskanchi Press is a US-based publishing house for African writing. Our mission is to offer African perspectives of the world to readers interested in unique and authentic narratives. Our books detail the lived and imagined experiences that sustain the African world views and feature diverse works of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature written in English or in translation.

Before you go further, learn how to write interesting stories to keep your readers enagaged.

Submission Guideline for Iskanchi Book Prize

  • S‍ubmission Categories:Iskanchi Book Prize Poster

Prose: Fiction and non-fiction manuscripts (novels, novellas, short story collections, essay collections, memoirs, etc.). Hybrid: Manuscripts that blend multiple genres or mediums (e.g., poetry and visual art, prose and photography, experimental formats, etc.)

  • Book submissions should be previously unpublished and between 50,000– 120,000 words.
  • Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or competitions are allowed, but please notify them immediately if your manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • Subject of submission should be “Iskanchi Book Prize”
  • Please send all submissions to


The winner will receive publication of a full-length manuscript plus $1,500.


The submission period opens November 1, 2023 and closes January 30, 2024. 

If you are interested in this submission, check out Iskanchi Press X (FKA Twitter) Page. Good luck.

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