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Annual writing comp calls for unpublished African writers

EDITOR: Margaret Busby (Photo credit: Roshini Kempadoo)

MYRIAD HAS announced the callout for entries for a special edition of its annual award to launch unpublished writers.

This year, in celebration of Myriad’s forthcoming publication New Daughters of Africa edited by Margaret Busby OBE, submissions are invited from unpublished women writers who identify as being of African heritage or descent.

The winning entry will be published in this major new international anthology, New Daughters of Africa: An International Anthology of 20th and 21st Century Writing by Women of African Descent (March 2019), alongside key figures, including Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Malorie Blackman, Andrea Levy, Warsan Shire and Zadie Smith, as well as overlooked historical authors and today’s emerging writers.

Candida Lacey, Publishing Director of Myriad and one of the judging panel, said: "The timing of the competition coincides perfectly with our work with Margaret Busby on her New Daughters of Africa anthology.

"It was simply too good an opportunity to miss—to be able to offer a emerging author the chance to be published alongside such eminent writers. This is an exceptional opportunity not only for the winner to be published in a high-profile anthology alongside major authors but also for the finalists to bring their work to the notice of publishers and agents."

A follow-up to Busby’s much-lauded original anthology, Daughters of Africa (Cape,1992), this companion volume brings together the work of women from across the globe to show the remarkable range of the African diaspora.

"It will celebrate a unifying heritage, a richness and magnitude of imagination, and the strong links that endure from generation to generation as well as the common obstacles that female writers of colour continue to face as they negotiate issues of race, gender and class", said Lacey.

Margaret Busby OBE, writer and broadcaster, and Elise Dillsworth, literary agent, will join the First Drafts judging panel alongside an independent bookseller.

Now in its ninth year, First Drafts recognises promising works in progress from writers who have not yet published a collection of stories, novel or work of narrative nonfiction. Along with its sister competition, the First Graphic Novel Competition, the competition is at the heart of Myriad’s mission to uncover and nurture new literary talent.

Further information and details of how to enter the competition are available at:

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