Sunday Submissions: 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize

Submissions for the 2019 Brunel International African Poetry Prize opened on October 30 and will close December 12 of this year:

Although only English-language poems are accepted, this includes poems translated into English, with an unspecified “percentage of the [£3000] prize going to the translator.”

Previous winners include Sudanese poet Safia Elhillo, who also won the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets.

The prize was founded in 2012 by British-Nigerian author Bernardine Evaristo and is now in its sixth cycle. It’s open to poets who have not brought out a full-length poetry book and who “were born in Africa, or who are nationals of an African country, or whose parents are African.”

It’s not a book prize, but requires the submission of ten poems that are representative of the author’s work — “no more and no less.” These may have been previously published in journals, but cannot exceed 30 lines each. All poems must also have a title.

All entries must be submitted via email only to

More about the prize and how to submit at Brittle Paper or at