The Evaristo Prize for African Poetry

The Evaristo Prize for African Poetry

The Evaristo Prize for African Poetry

Apply now for the Evaristo Prize for African Poetry on Truesport your best worldwide scholarship website on the internet. The Evaristo Prize for African Poetry is an annual prize of USD $1,500 given to ten poems written by an African poet.

Founded first as the Brunel International African Poetry Prize (BIAPP) in 2012 by British writer Bernardine Evaristo, who founded and run the prize for ten years, the Evaristo Prize was renamed and passed on to be run by the African Poetry Book Fund in 2022. A very close partner of APBF, the BIAPP sought to encourage a new generation of poets who might one day become an international presence. Indeed, the excellence of BIAPP winners continues to be celebrated globally as many of the poets have gone to publish chapbooks, full-length poetry collections, and win more prizes.

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  • The Prize is open to African writers. An “African writer” is taken to mean someone who was born in Africa, who is a national or resident of an African country, or whose parents are African.
  • The prize is open to African poets who have not yet had a full-length poetry book published at the time of submission. Self-published poetry books, chapbooks, and pamphlets are exempt from this stipulation.
  • Only poems written in English can be considered, but we welcome poems in translation for consideration too. In the case that the winning work is translated, a percentage of the prize money would be awarded to the translator.
  • No past or present paid employees of the University of Nebraska Press, Akashic Books, or Amalion Press, or current faculty, students, or employees at the University of Nebraska are eligible for the prizes.
  • African poets who have published a chapbook in a New-Generation African Poets Chapbooks Box Set series remain eligible for the Evaristo African Poetry Prize if they have not published a full-length book of poems.


  • Manuscripts of 10 poems, no more and no less, will be accepted annually between October 1st  and November 1st via Submittable.
  • Please do not send any submissions via email. We do not have the capability to track submissions by email and any manuscripts received as such will not be considered.


The APBF will convene a judging panel every year.

In 2022-2023, the judging panel included Gabeba Baderoon (Chair), Tjawangwa Dema, and Tsitsi Jaji.

To guarantee confidentiality and fairness, all submissions to the Evaristo Prize are handled by our Book Prize Coordinator, Nicole Lachat. Please direct questions regarding submissions to her attention at

Application Deadline: November 1st, 2023

The Evaristo Prize for African Poetry

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