The Island Prize is a literary prize instituted with the primary aim of helping African writers break into the UK publishing scene. The prize is open to unpublished debut novelists from all African countries, or the Diaspora. All short-listed writers will be read by publishers and agents both in the UK, US, and South Africa.

Unpublished writers from the continent of Africa may submit the opening 3 chapters/10,000 words of a finished novel, along with a short synopsis, for consideration of The Island Prize 2022/23.

Winner – £500
Two Runners Up (Shortlist) – £200
Both the winner and runners up will receive detailed editorial feedback and will be mentored by industry professionals and read by UK and US agents.

The Maghreb Region Prize
This year, there will be a £200 prize to the best North African writer.
This has been initiated by last year’s runner up, Hamza Koudri: “Just like I have been lucky to receive the support of the Island Prize team, it would give me immense pleasure to pay it forward and help at least one young author on their journey to publication.”

The Judges include: Hilda J. Twongyeirwe, Karen Jennings and Obinna Udenwa.

Send submissions to:

Submissions open: Friday 9th September 2022.

Submissions close: Friday 6th January 2023—Midnight(Central African Time)


  1. Entrants must be citizens of African countries or officially recognized permanent residents. Evidence will be required if longlisted.
  2. Authors cannot have previously published a novel—non-fiction/short stories/poetry are fine.
  3. Author cannot have an agent.
  4. Entries over 120,000 words will be automatically disqualified.
  5. Novels that were entered previously may not be submitted again.

For further guidance on your entry, please send any queries to:

 Robert at

Poppy at

Chibueze Ukwuoma

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