Andrew Maina in collaboration with Solano Publications Ltd. is currently inviting applications for the Kendeka Prize for African Literature in Kenya in 2021.

Africans now have the opportunity to not only tell their own stories but have the freedom of telling them as they are. This is because, for a long time, the ‘African Story’ has been told by foreigners, a people who purport to know Africa. Unfortunately, they have ended up with a story of Africa, a single story at that. A story of a hungry, warring, ailing and backward people, a story of a continent full of calamities. This is their new version of the story of the Dark Continent!

This kind of African story is what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warns against and calls it ‘The Danger of a Single Story’. “When we reject the single-story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise”. This is the paradise that Kendeka Prize for African Literature aims at regaining.

The prize seeks to hear stories of the beauty of the African people. Stories such as the ingenious architect of the pyramids and that of Timbuktu. The snow-capped mountains in the tropics, the roar of the Victoria Falls, the wild savannas and much more.

Worth of Award

In light of this,

  • The first prize will be KShs.100,000 while the second and third prize winners shall receive Kshs 50,000 and 25,000 respectively.
  • Not forgetting the last two of the five short-listed stories, they shall receive KShs 5,000 each.
  • Additionally, all long-listed stories shall be published in an anthology titled I Am listening, 2021 Edition.
  • Like icing on the cake, the prize shall be awarded at a ceremony to be held during the Nairobi International Book Fair.


For this competition,

  • Entrants must be born in, or are citizens of an African country.
  • Each writer is permitted to make only one entry.
  • Manuscripts should be between 3000 and 5000 words.
  • All entries must be in English.
  • Entries should be attached in Microsoft Word or Rich Text format, with the title of the story as the file name. These attachments should also be sent via email.

In addition, the

  • first page of the story should include the name of the story and the number of words.
  • entry must be typed in Times New Roman 12 point font with 1.5 line spacing.
  • email to which the story is attached must include the legal name of the writer, telephone number, a short Bio, age, and country of residence.
  • Entrants agree that the prize organizers may publicize the story. This is given the fact that a story has been entered, long-listed, or shortlisted for the prize.


  • An author of a long listed story agrees to its inclusion in an anthology. S/he also agrees to work with editors to get the story ready for publication.
  • Every author confirms that the submission is their original work. This means it has not been published anywhere else, and that it has not been long-listed in any other prize.
  • S/he gives exclusive global print and digital rights to Solano Publications Ltd for the long-listed stories for publication in an anthology. However, the author retains copyright.
  • Undoubtedly, the judges’ decision is final.

How to Apply

Please send unpublished manuscripts to [email protected]

Deadline: The Kendeka Prize for African Literature is accepting entries from February 1st, 2021 to May 1st, 2021 for its 2021 edition.

Click here for more details and to apply