Literary Laddership for Emerging African Authors

Nigerian author and creative writing professor Suyi Davies Okungbowa has announced The Literary Laddership for Emerging African Authors, which “aims to support, elevate and connect emerging fiction authors of Black and/or African descent, based primarily on the African continent and writing in English.”

Fellows “will be offered a funded ($500 each) three-month digital residency, membership in a private community of practice, and continuous support through the publishing ecosystem.”

The current program advisors include Dhonielle Clayton, Kwame Mbalia, Ukamaka Olisakwe, Makena Onjerika, Tade Thompson, and literary agent Alexander Cochran.

Submissions are open now, and close May 31, 2022. Winners will be announced before June 30, 2022. More information on eligibility and the application process can be found at

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