The Island Prize for Fiction/ How to Enter (Prize: £900)

The Island Prize for Fiction has currently opened for 2023 submissions 


The island prize for fiction has commenced accepting entries for 2023. The prize initiative is in its second year and it seeks to recognize and provide support for emerging literary talents from Africa. It invites submissions of unpublished debut literary manuscripts from authors across the African continent.

The prize is named after the South African author Karen Jennings’ Booker-longlisted novel by the same name. It is also administered by Jennings and her publishers, Holland House in the UK and Karavan Press in South Africa.

This year, there has also been a new category addition to the prize. A cash prize of £200 will be awarded to the best writer from the Maghreb region. The prize money was endowed by last year’s runner up, Hamza Koudri, who has donated his winnings to this cause.

In Koudri’s own words: “Just like I have been lucky to receive the support of The Island Prize team, it would give me immense pleasure to pay it forward and help at least one young author on their journey to publication.”


The island prize for fiction

Eligibility for The Island Prize 2023

  • Contest applicants must be citizens of African countries or officially recognized permanent residents. Evidence will be required if longlisted.
  • Authors cannot have previously published a novel, however,  non-fiction/short stories/poetry are exempted; authors who have published any of these can apply.
  • Author cannot have an agent.
  • Any entry over 120,000 words will be automatically disqualified.
  • Novels that were entered previously may not be submitted again.


Submission Guidelines





The winner and two finalists will receive a cash reward of £500 and £200, in addition to the authors being introduced to an agent. All longlisted authors will be offered the opportunity to receive detailed feedback on their submissions, with their entire manuscript being read by industry professionals.The longlist will include a minimum of eight novels.



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