Call for Short Stories-Land Policy In Africa conference 2021

Posted on Aug. 25, 2021 by

Deadline: 31st August 2021

The Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA) is inviting young African creative to write short stories on land governance in Africa, as part of CLPA coming up on 2-4, November 2021. The Conference is themed "Arts, Culture and Heritage: Levers for Building Africa We Want.

The short stories will show the complexity of land issues in Africa and the opportunities that land provides to communities for, among others, food, identity, spirituality, culture, and heritage. The stories will interrogate questions such as:

  • How would rural and urban areas in Africa look like if there were very poor land governance?
  • How would it be fixed to support the Africa We Want?
  • How can that experience be told artistically through the lens of African characters and sensitivity to landscapes?


At the core of the short story will be land and how it plays out in the lives of the African people. They are expected to be grounded on African perspectives, present or possible realities and futures as seen through the opportunities and challenges of land governance in Africa.

They should capture the imagination around land issues confronting the African continent:

  • Land and spirituality in the African socio-cultural context;
  • Education and knowledge systems in inclusive land governance;
  • Women perspectives to secure tenure rights;
  • Land in African cultural heritage and creative industries;
  • Decolonization and social change, among others.


  • Short listed entries will be published in an Anthology of Short Stories on land in Africa to be launched at the CLPA 2021.
  • Selected authors will be acknowledged and invited to participate in a workshop to enhance their submissions.
  • The three best short stories will be awarded and two others will get Special Mention during the CLPA.
  • Genre: imaginative narratives culled from the following genres: Afrofuturism, Science Fiction, Action Adventure, Fantasy, Speculative fiction, Suspense, YA, Historical Fiction, Mystery/Crime and Literary Fiction.
  • Language: English and French
  • Number of words: Written short stories should not be less than 2,000 words and should not exceed 3000 words.
  • Number of entries: only one entry will be allowed per submission. All submissions must be the original work of the author.
  • Translations are welcomed, but you have to let organizers know if your work is translated from another language.
  • Stories that are published elsewhere (online or print form) are welcome but you have to let organizers know so that they can explore publishing permissions.
  • If you plan to submit to multiple outlets, please specify.
  • Keep it Simple. Short stories should be in double space and in 12 font Times Roman and not more than 3000 words.
  • To be eligible, you must be an African writer located on the continent or in the African diaspora


Introduce yourself and attach your submission in Microsoft word and send to [email protected]  with the Subject: Short Story Submission on Land Governance towards the Africa We Want


The Conference on Land Policy in Africa is a joint initiative of the African Union Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, and the African Development Bank.

This year’s conference will be focusing on African heritage and cultural dimensions of land and the potential to secure livelihoods, economic growth, and sustainable development through the creative economy in both the rural and urban settings.


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