Anthology of Non-fiction from Africa – Call for Proposals. Deadline 20 April


Commonwealth Writers are inviting writers from Commonwealth African countries to submit proposals for a piece of creative non-fiction.

We’re seeking stories from the continent of Africa, by African writers – in the form of creative non-fiction, including memoir, life-writing, literary reportage and essays.  Specific, rigorous and reflective, these stories will introduce new perspectives to readers in the region and the world.  We’re particularly interested in less-told stories from less-read writers. The stories will be part of an anthology edited by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey.

If you’re interested, please prepare a proposal which includes the following 4 documents:

– Author CV (including nationality and gender, postal address, email address and contact telephone number)

– An outline of what you want to write and why (not more than 750 words)

– A copy of your creative non-fiction piece (3,000-6,000 words only) if already written or a sample of your non-fiction writing (not more than 2000 words)

– Tell us about your writing history (one A4 page MAX)

There are no subject restrictions, but your proposal/work must be written in English. No previously published work will be considered, including work published in anthologies, chapbooks or online. If we offer you a commission, there may also be a small expenses fund for research expenses. Please state in your submission if you would need us to help with research expenses and what these would be.

Please send your proposals to by 1pm (GMT) on 20 April with the subject heading: ‘NON FICTION ANTHOLOGY’.

We will let you know the results of your submission by 8 May 2015. If we offer you a commission, you will be expected to complete your story by 30 July 2015. You will need to be available to work with the editor, as and when necessary, from August to November 2015. The anthology will be published in the summer of 2016.

For more details visit Commonwealth page

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