CFWriterz is delighted to announce our call for submissions for the Collins Elesiro Literary Prize & June 2020 Magazine.

Unlike our previously themed contests, this edition the contest comes without a theme. We still insist on quality writing and would be opening our platforms to the best of African stories. The magazine is not under any obligation to accept an entry or to announce winners. As much as we try to contact all entrants, only selected winners can be assured of feedback.

Collins Elesiro Literary Prize

This year, the Freedom Magazine continues its exciting relationship with Collins Elesiro. Our mandate remains to tell the best of African Stories and promote the reading culture of Africans.

Read more about us here.

More about Collins Elesiro.

This year’s prize comes with N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) for our top 3 entries and an e-publishing deal.

The Taste of Home by Chinenyenwa Favour Chukwuma (Nonfiction), emerged winner of the June 2019 CFW Freedom Magazine Award.

Download our previous editions below to get familiar with what we look out for.

The judges for this June Magazine and Literary Prize will be unveiled on our website in due course.

Benefits also include:

  1. Cash remuneration of up to N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira).
  2. E-Publishing contract worth N60,000 (Sixty Thousand Naira) for the top 3 entries. Read about our digital publishing here.
  3. Widespread readership of 7000+ online readers audience worldwide. Kindly recommend your friends to join our Elite readers here. 

Winners from African countries outside Nigeria, like Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, or Africans in the Diaspora, must have paypal accounts or must be able to receive paypal funds.

Guidelines for Submission

By submitting to the magazine, writers give first publishing rights and express permission to promote their work across various channels. Simultaneous submissions are accepted. However, if accepted elsewhere, writers must inform us of their decision to withdraw their work if necessary.

NOTE: Identify entries for the contest by adding the appropriate edition of our magazine and the year for example:

  1. #June2020Entry: Your Title
  2. #Dec2020Entry: Your Title

Failure to adhere to this instruction will lead to disqualification. We do not particularly restrict content or style, we only ask that you bring to fore, the best of your craft. Our writing platform focuses on all things African. Hence we need entries that focus on relevant African Issues: politics, travel, migration, leadership, race, gender balance, and typically issues or stories that will lead conversations in the African media.

Entries are welcome in the following categories:

  1. Poetry.
  2. Fiction.
  3. Essays and think-pieces.

Africa is a never-ending yarn of stories; all we seek is the most colorful of all your knitted pieces. We want stories that come alive in the heart of our readers. We want stories that spark connections, stories we can always return to because each reading is a journey too short, and sweet, to be travelled in one lifetime.

Entrants may submit up to 1 previously unpublished poem, and up to 3,000 words for fiction and non-fiction.

Simultaneous submissions are accepted. However, writers must notify us if their work is accepted elsewhere.

Deadline for Submissions: 30th April, 2020.

The decisions of judges are final and cfwriterz retains the right to accept or reject entries.

To submit your entry use the form on our MAGAZINE SUBMISSIONS PAGE. We do not accept submissions any other way.