Open Submissions call: The 2021 Toyin Fálọlá Prize

The 2021 Toyin Fálọlá Prize is now open for submissions. Please visit:

The 2021 Toyin Fálọlá Prize will open for submissions on 15 January 2021. 

Opens: January 15, 2021

Deadline: May 15, 2021

The short story must be anchored on African futurism: they look toward stories speculating and extrapolating African past, present, and future. They are particularly concerned with how African futures can be creatively (re)imagined. Creative and genre-bending submissions are highly welcomed. All genres of stories are encouraged (including those hard to categorize) except erotica and chic-lit.
Witty language and humor are especially welcomed.

  • The narratives can be either factual or fiction, or the mixture of both; however, the genre must be clearly indicated by the entrant, which does not in any way influence/constrain the chances of the submission, as originality, creativity, and delivery are principal criteria.
  • The writer should not be below the age of 15 nor above 35 at the time of submission.
  • There is no limit to the number of words; however, we would prefer submissions within the range of 1,500 – 4,500 words.
  • they do not accept more than an entry per writer/submission.
  • All entrants must be African, that is, the writer should either be born in Africa or have either of the two parents as African.
  • All submissions must be the original work of the entrants, previously unpublished in any form and not under consideration for publication or prize somewhere else. That means we do not accept translated works or simultaneous submission. Note: Published means either online in any form or on any platform.
  • All submissions should be sent to with the subject SUBMISSION FOR THE TOYIN FALOLA PRIZE.
  • All submissions should be attached as doc. file, named as the title of the submission (without the name of the entrant) and formatted in 1.5 line spacing, Book Antiqua theme font with font size 12. Note: Other file formats would not be considered for the prize.
  • Also, the body of the submission email should not contain the bio of the entrant, just the title of the submission, word count, genre, and contact information. Bios of the entrants would be requested upon selection. The file itself should not indicate the name or any identifying detail of the entrant.
  • By submitting to the prize, the entrant gives Pan-African University Press the exclusive right (or as determined by PAUP) to edit and publish their works upon selection for longlist in the ensuing anthology of the prize.
  • No member or relative of the Lunaris Review Team and Pan-African University Press would be considered for the Prize.

Enquiries about submissions should be directed to the Toyin Fálọlá Prize, please always refer to their website for complete details and information.

Please note, this prize is run by Toyin Fálọlá Prize, not Commonwealth Writers.