Kendeka Prize for African Literature in Kenya (win KShs.100,000)

Andrew Maina is presently accepting nominations for the Kendeka Prize for African Literature, which will be held in Kenya in 2022, in conjunction with Solano Publications Ltd.

Kendeka Prize for African Literature

Africans now have the freedom to not only tell their own stories but to tell them in their original form. This is because the ‘African Story’ has been repeated by outsiders for a long time, by those who claim to know Africa. Regrettably, they have ended up with a tale about Africa, albeit a single story. A tale of starving, fighting, ailing, and backward people, a tale of a continent beset by disasters. This is their fresh take on the Dark Continent’s narrative!

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warns against this type of African tale, referring to it as “The Danger of a Single Story.” “When we reject the single-story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise”.  The Kendeka Prize for African Literature seeks to reclaim this utopia.

The prize seeks to hear stories about African people’s beauty. Stories about the brilliant architect of the pyramids and the city of Timbuktu come to mind. The tropics’ snow-capped mountains, the Victoria Falls’ roar, the untamed savannas, and much more.

Worth of Award

Taking this into consideration,

  • The first reward will be KShs. 100,000, with the second and third prizes being KShs. 50,000 and 25,000, respectively.
  • Not to mention the final two of the five tales on the shortlist, who will each win KShs 5,000.
  • All long-listed pieces will also be collected in an anthology called I Am Listening, 2021 Edition.
  • The prize will be presented in a ceremony during the Nairobi International Book Fair, like icing on the cake.

Kendeka Prize for African Literature | Eligibility Criteria

In order to compete in this contest,

  • Entrants must be African citizens or have been born in an African country.
  • Each writer is only allowed to submit one contribution.
  • Manuscripts should have a word count of 3000 to 5000 words.
  • All submissions must be written in English.
  • The file name for entries should be the title of the tale in Microsoft Word or Rich Text format. These attachments should be emailed as well.

Furthermore, the

  • The title of the narrative and the number of words should appear on the first page.
  • Times New Roman 12 point font with 1.5 line spacing is required.
  • The writer’s legal name, phone number, brief bio, country of residence, and age must all be included in the email to which the tale is attached.
  • Entrants agree that the story may be publicized by the prize organizers. Given that a tale has been entered, long-listed, or short-listed for the award, this is the case.


  • An author of a long-listed tale accepts to have their work published in an anthology. S/he also undertakes to collaborate with editors in order to prepare the tale for publication.
  • Every author certifies that the work they’ve submitted is their own. This implies it hasn’t been published anywhere and hasn’t been shortlisted for any other award.
  • S/he grants Solano Publications Ltd exclusive global print and digital rights to the long-listed pieces for publication in an anthology. The author, however, maintains copyright.
  • The judges’ verdict is unquestionably definitive.

How to Apply for the Kendeka Prize for African Literature

Unpublished articles should be sent to [email protected]

The Kendeka Prize for African Literature is seeking nominations for its 2022 edition from February 1st through May 1st, 2022.

For more information and to apply, click here.

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