Call for Submissions | Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry

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Submissions are now opened for the 2024 cycle of The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry. Run by the African Poetry Book Fund in partnership with Prairie Schooner, the award honors and promotes African poetry by awarding the prize of $1,000 to a “significant book” published by an African poet.

Opened annually, poets and publishers are invited to submit collections in English or those translated into it and published the year prior. Open calls begin in May and close October, with the winner announced the following January. Botswanan poet, Tawandu Mulalu won the 2023 prize with his collection, Please make me pretty, I don’t want to die: Poems.

The Glenna Luschei Prize for African Poetry is funded by literary philanthropist and poet, Glenna Luschei.


  • Submitting poets must be African. According to the eligibility rules for the prize, an ““African writer” is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African.””
  • Book length or pages must be “A standard edition is 48 pages or more in length.”
  • Submissions must be in English, “but we welcome published works of translation for consideration.”
  • “Self-published books and books published by the APBF and its African Poetry Series are ineligible.”

May 1st to October 1st.

Read more about the submission here and the required entry form. No submission fee is required.

Lake Adedamola is a poet, writer, and editor with Nantygreens, who's worked with several other literary blogs including Brittle Paper. He has, since 2018, served in various capacities on the Lagos International Poetry Festival, LIPFest, team.

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