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AU20 Calls For Writers, Visual Artists With Over USD$999 Up For Takeaways (Apply here)




African Union 20 are calling on skilled writers and visual artists to attempt and win a chance to be featured on its its annual anthology, a trip to Ghana with travel expenses covered and as well, an opportunity to win $1000 USD for their best works.

This is done to mark its 20 years of the Africa Union.

Among many, 10 will be selected and you can be among the 10 talented pan-Africanist writers and visual artists who will help mark 20 years of the African Union.


Under the theme “Our Africa, Our Future,” two residency programmes powered by Africa No Filter will offer the space, time, resources, and support needed to produce a broad spectrum of fiction, narrative non-fiction, and poetry, as well as paintings, sculptures, drawings, photography, digital art, video and graffiti.


Residencies will take place in November 2022 and are open to African citizens from all member states of the African Union.


Visual artists will be hosted at the Loman Art Gallery in Dakar, Senegal, while the writers will be hosted at the Library of Africa and The African Diaspora (LOATAD) in Accra, Ghana.


What is Expected of the Writers

  • Be willing to commit to the entirety of the residency programme i.e. both digital (31 October – 7 November) and physical (14-28 November) sessions.
  • Produce a piece of writing between 5,000 and 7,000 words (or five poems for poets) on the theme “Our Africa, Our Future” for publication in the e-book anthology.
  • Prepare a 500-word summary to promote the piece(s), for inclusion in the African Union’s flagship magazine, the AU ECHO.
  • Participate in the public event at the end of the residency, photography and videography of the creation process, and any publicity that may arise from the programme.

What Writers Receive

  • All travel costs to, from and within Ghana.
  • Accommodation and board at LOATAD in Ghana.
  • Access to the library’s extensive resources.
  • A stipend of US$1,000.
  • Trips to relevant places of interest while in Ghana.
  • Meetings with key people in the Ghanaian/African literary space.


  • Established writers of fiction, narrative nonfiction, and poetry who have had at least one book/chapbook published by a reputable publisher, or pending publication/under contract (not including self-published work) or who have substantial publication credits in literary journals/magazines/newspapers, etc.
  • Writers can write their pieces in either French or English and must be able to communicate in English.
  • Writers must be both nationals of, and resident in, any African country.
  • Writers must own a valid passport and be willing to travel to Ghana to participate in the physical residency.

To Apply

Complete this form attaching the following documents:

  • A one-page cover letter explaining why you want to participate in this AU-themed residency and what you hope to gain from the experience.
  • Your writers CV (3 pages maximum) with contact details for two referees.
  • A writing sample of no more than 2,000 words in your preferred genre.
  • A copy of the ID page of your passport.

Deadline: 30 September 2022.


For more information:

Writers apply here: https://africanofilter.cmail20.com/t/t-l-athkhik-jyikhuvhr-r/


Visual Artists apply here: https://africanofilter.cmail20.com/t/t-l-athkhik-jyikhuvhr-y/

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