Where will my story be used?
If selected by the independent panel of judges, your story will by published in an Anthology of Modern Tales and online. It may also be used for performances by storytellers around the world. By submitting your story, you give permission for use.

Can I submit published work?

Can I submit work only published online?

Do you accept entries via post?

Do you accept entries via post?
No, please use the entry form provided

What if my story isn’t in English?
Sorry but at this stage we cannot engage translators. If you wish you translate your story and send it in English we will accept it.Whilst the first edition of the contest will cater only for those writing in English, subsequent editions will seek promote entries in African languages, as well as in French, Portuguese, Spanish and Arabic.

Does my story have to be fictional?
Yes. It’s a folktale!

What is a folktale?
Folktales were passed from one generation to the next by word of mouth, this is called oral tradition.
Folktales were made to explain the world around people.
Folktales should have a moral message, these should be inferred by the reader rather than stated.
Folktales often have: elements of magic or supernatural powers, animals with human characteristics, trickery, good and bad characters that are pitted against each other.
Many things happen in 3s.
Stories should include setting, character and a problem.
Conflicts are resolved through kindness, courage or intelligence.
We encourage you to experiment, so feel free to push the boundaries!

How long should my story be?
Between 500 – 1500 words

What is an African writer?
An African writer is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, or who is a national of an African country, or who has a parent who is African by birth or nationality.

Can I submit more than one story?
You can submit a maximum of two stories

Do you accept entries via post?

When is the deadline to apply?
Entries open on March 20th 2016 and close on May 20th 2016 at midnight (GMT)

Will I get paid?

Who should I contact if I am having trouble submitting online?
Email the project curator on: positivelyafricanmedia@gmail.com