Graywolf Press is a literary press that publishes about thirty books annually, mostly collections of poetry, memoir, essays, novels, and short stories. Our editors are looking for high quality literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that combine a distinct voice with a distinct vision.

Ends on October 31, 2017
A $12,000 advance and publication by Graywolf Press will be awarded to a first novel manuscript by an African author. Graywolf is always looking for work that is distinctive, artistically singular, and of a high literary quality. For this prize, we are seeking novels that are engaged with the current moment—stories that could only be told in our time. We look forward to encountering authors who approach contemporary issues with innovative prose and fresh perspectives. With this prize we hope to amplify the voice of a new author, whose novel will be published alongside exemplary African writers on the Graywolf list.

Submission Criteria

  • Applicants must primarily reside in Africa.
  • Submissions must be full-length, previously unpublished novel manuscripts.
  • Submissions must be in English, but translations are acceptable.
  • Applicants with prior books are eligible, so long as none of those books is a novel.
How to Submit
Please upload your complete manuscript as a PDF or Word document (either .doc or .docx), and include a cover letter in the provided field. In your cover letter please include relevant biographical information and a summary of the novel. For instructions on using submittalbe, click here. If you have questions using the site, please email submissions@graywolfpress.org for assistance.