June is a few days down and the year is almost halfway gone! What were your writing resolutions/goals for the year? Our aim here at Eboquills is to help you achieve your writing goals. This is why we have put together this list of contests for all creatives to keep busy as we wait for life to return to its normal tempo because we are optimistic that the pandemic is on its way out! So here we go… A list of free to enter writing contests.

The list has something for essayists, photographers, storytellers, everyone!

Africa Portal

We cover an array of topics including politics, economics, environment, health, security, human rights, foreign policy, and the impact of global developments on Africa. 

We encourage topical submissions that demonstrate critical thinking and nuance, and which foster public understanding and debate. Pieces that bring attention to new or pertinent research are also welcome.  

All submissions must be written in an accessible and engaging way to be eligible for publication. Short pieces are our preferred choice of content… [continue reading]

Kreative Diadem

With the whole world currently on lockdown, in response to the plague that has turned our structures upside down, the single word on everyone’s lips is this: ISOLATION. We want works that are situated within the context of the word. The way you interpret the word in your work is entirely up to you. We want you to think beyond boundaries; we want you to get creative.

All entries should revolve around the theme of “Isolation.” You are free to interpret it as you wish, but we should not have trouble connecting your subject matter to the prescribed theme.

Writers of all nationalities are welcome to submit. We do not accept work which has been previously published, in print or online (we consider self-publishing to blogs, message boards, or Facebook as publication if it can be viewed publicly). Simultaneous submissions are not eligible.

Only works written in the English language are eligible. Works from other languages will only be [… continue reading]

Kalahari short story contest

To celebrate its official launch, The Kalahari collection is organizing a short story competition for all writers speaking the Swahili language, French or English. All types of news are accepted: realistic, historical, psychological, fantastic, science fiction, police, letter writing, etc.

The candidate must not have been published to a publisher’s account. The three best texts of each linguistic category will be published in a collection edited by the Kalahari collection.

The texts will be selected by a jury of book and media professionals, they are Gauz (President of the jury), Hélène Tissières, Flora Agnes Nda Zoa Meiltz, Aurore Foukissa, Philippe Bonvin, and Astrid Aïdolan-Ague

To download your own copy of the set of rules for this contest […continue reading]

Storytelling From Yesterday

Storytelling is a very engaging art form that utilizes words and theatrics to teach values and capture experiences triggering a listener’s imagination. The creative use of words for societal benefits or say, the positive engagement of artistic creativity takes the fore in the conceptualization of a PIN Initiative. Having taken cognizance of the importance of storytelling to promoting ethical inclinations and cultural values, we are pleased to introduce Storytelling from Yesterday to the literati, and invite storytellers from all parts of the world to participate in an online (Instagram) storytelling contest.  Read guidelines […continue reading]

SprinNg Annual Poetry Contest

Win N15,000 Cash and N10,000 Gift-Card to shop at Roving Heights for the SprinNG Annual Poetry Contest.(Only one winner will be selected)

Only Nigerian writers living in Nigeria are eligible for this contest. Only one submission per person is allowed.

Contest Prompt:
Write a simple poem on any theme of your choice between 8-10 lines. Line count doesn’t include the poem’s title.  Submission deadline is June 30th

Submit here

Glass door initiative: On-the-spot Poetry Writing Contest 2020

The Glass Door Initiative wishes to announce its maiden on-the-spot poetry writing contest. This is in the spirit of the recent lockdown that has engulfed the world.


Poets will write via Zoom (an online video communications platform) on a topic that will be communicated shortly before the commencement of the contest. For full guidelines […Continue reading]

The Peace Exhibit

The Peace Exhibit is exploring mental health across Africa with its virtual art show during the lockdown. Photographer Chudy Ogobegwu curates a showcase of African photos documenting depression, anxiety, and the search for peace during the time of COVID.

14 May 2020 – Lagos, Nigeria – The mass self-isolation marking the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired fear, anxiety, stress, and loneliness in the hearts and minds of people around the world. And in Africa, where mental health issues go unacknowledged and untreated, these disorders may be worsening. iManage Africa presents The Peace, a virtual exhibition of 60+ pieces by artists and writers from across Africa, documenting depression, anxiety, and the search for peace during the time of COVID.

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