OPEN CALL FOR AFRICAN WRITERS

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🗣 AU20 “Our Africa, Our Future” Writers Residency Programme 
🗣 Apply: loatad.org/au20
🗣 Deadline: 30 September 2022

This year, the African Union celebrates its 20th anniversary since the organization’s establishment at the Durban Summit of July 2002. Dubbed AU20, the celebrations are taking place under the theme “Our Africa, Our Future” and will focus on the AU’s initiatives, successes, impact, challenges and the way forward. 

As part of this commemoration, the African Union (AU), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is hosting a residency programme under the AU20 project for established writers from across Africa to produce a piece of work that celebrates the unity and potential of the African continent.

Powered by Africa No Filter, the residency will be a hybrid programme, with two online meetings and a two-week physical residency at the Library Of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD) in Accra, Ghana from 14 to 28 November 2022. It will culminate in a public event in Accra to showcase and discuss the written work.

Catering to the theme “Our Africa, Our Future”, five writers from the continent will be tasked to interpret the theme in a broad and expansive way. The work will be published in an e-book anthology to be released in early 2023.

✍🏿 What’s Expected of Writers

  • Be willing to commit to the entirety of the residency programme i.e. both digital and physical
  • Produce a piece of writing between 5,000 and 7,000 words (or five poems for poets) in English or French on the theme “Our Africa, Our Future” for publication in the e-book anthology
  • Write a 500-word summary to promote the piece(s) for the African Union’s flagship magazine, the AU ECHO
  • Participate in the public event at the end of the residency, photography and videography of the creation process, and any publicity that may arise from the programme

✍🏿 What Writers Receive

  • All travel costs to, from and within Ghana
  • Accommodation and board at LOATAD in Ghana
  • A stipend of US$1,000

🚨For more info and to apply, visit loatad.org/au20

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