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The Africa@2050 Climate Fiction Writing Competition 2021 is now calling for submission from writers in Africa.

About the Africa@2050 Climate Fiction Writing Competition
Africa@2050 Climate Fiction Writing Competition

The entire world is on fire. Under business as usual  According to scientists, if things continue as they are, half of the world will confront water scarcity, dangerous levels of air pollution, and increasingly unpredictable weather occurrences by 2050. The world is at a fork in the road. We have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to reshape the planet if we act now.

What kind of future do we wish for? What do we fear for the future? What planet would you create if you could create any world?

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Although the climate catastrophe is worldwide, it was not created and will not be felt in the same way everywhere. Africa is the continent with the least amount of carbon emissions. Yet, with limited means to cope, it threatens to be the most severely hit by the impact of climate change. African viewpoints on just transitions to a low-carbon future are more crucial than ever before.

Eligibility Criteria
  • You must be aged 18 or over, and be national or resident of the following sub-Saharan African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Réunion, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
  • Your entry must be previously unpublished work.
  • Entries can be in any language, but, if not in English, must be submitted alongside a full English translation for the purpose of the competition. Only the English version will be evaluated for the competition. If selected, winning and shortlisted texts will feature in their original language texts alongside the English translation.
  • You will retain the copyright of the entry you submit. By entering the competition, you agree to have the entry featured on our website.
  • Cash prizes: £1000 (winner), £500 (second prize), £300 (third prize), and shortlisted entries (£100).
  • In addition to cash prizes, winning and shortlisted participants will be invited to participate in a Climate Futures Workshop on June 30, 2021. Winners and shortlisted applicants must be available to attend and contribute to the Climate Workshop following their award (to be held virtually on Zoom). Winners and shortlisted entries will be showcased on the website, and feature in a virtual COP26 fringe event in October 2021 at the Energy Ethics 2021 Conference ‘Energy Transitions & Planetary Futures’.
Submission Guidelines
  • Submit your story for the Africa@2050 Climate Fiction Writing Competition, as a short story (max 1500 words) or poem (max 1000 words). 
  • The story should broadly and creatively engage with the issue of climate change on the African continent, including (but not restricted to): climate justice; energy; carbon emissions, trading and capture; mining & rare earth minerals; water scarcity; electric transportation; agriculture & food security; extreme weather events; waste; toxicity; sustainability. 

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Application Procedure

Interested candidates can click the button below to submit:


  • Entries will be reviewed and shortlisted by an internal panel, and submitted to a panel of external judges for final review and award.
  • Winners, runners-up and shortlisted applicants will be notified by email.

For more information visit the official website of the Africa@2050 Climate Fiction Writing Competition

By Bello

Ismail Bello is a content creator and enthusiast who is passionate about youth development.

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