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February 1, 2022 to May 15, 2022
Subject Fields: 
African History / Studies, Humanities, Literature, Oral History

Now in its third year, the Toyin Falola Prize is inviting African writers to submit short stories. The theme for this year’s edition of the Toyin Falola Prize is Freedom. However, freedom is conceived very broadly, for it means several things. A physical condition, psychological, geo-political, or spiritual. At the heart of the lexical item’s several interpretations is a roaming spirit, since to be free is to defy bounds, i.e., having the capacity to defy stasis. Stasis can also be an expression of free spirit. To what extent are these true or false? Your story should answer this.

We are interested in the several possibilities that can emerge from attempts to narratively understand freedom, test its limits, its bounds. We want an experience of what freedom means to several writers. Creative and genre-bending submissions are highly welcomed.

The monetary value for the 2022 Toyin Falola Prize  is Two Thousand Five Hundred US Dollars ($2500) to be shared by the winner and shortlisted writers. The Prize is created in honor of the Distinguished African scholar and foremost historian, Professor Toyin Falola, whose contributions to the field of African history and culture have continued to place Africa on the map and accord it its deserved recognition. The Prize honors his endeavors and contributes to advancing African cultures, people, histories.

The submission window opens February 1, 2022 and closes May 15, 2022. Karen Jennings and Fayssal Bensalah are the judges for the 2022 edition of the Toyin Falola Prize. For the detailed submission guidelines, kindly check:

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