The African Poetry Book Series is the major feature of the work of the African Poetry Book Fund. Since its inauguration in 2014, the African Poetry Book Series, in association with the University of Nebraska Press, Amalion Press, and Akashic Books, has annually published new titles by African poets both emerging and established.
An Editorial Board made up of six gifted and internationally regarded poets serve as the “Reading Board” for the series.
The African Poetry Book Series only accepts submissions from 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.
Annually, the APBF publishes:
- The winning manuscript of the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets
- A New and Selected/Collected volume by a major living African poet
- The New-Generation African Poets Chapbook Boxset, comprising collected chapbooks of emerging writers (with special emphasis on those who have not yet published a full-length collection)
- Contemporary works of new poetry by select African poets (solicited and unsolicited manuscripts)
Future publications will include:
- Anthologies of solicited work by influential voices in African poetry. Only solicited work will be considered, but queries are welcomed.
- Works in translation, from African writers working in non-European or European languages into English. The book must already be translated into English upon submission. Only solicited work will be considered, but queries are welcomed.
During our open submissions period, the APBF is pleased to accept unsolicited manuscripts from African poets (previously published or not), and our editorial staff reviews each submission.
Please familiarize yourself with our organization and our publishing list to ensure your eligibility and determine if your manuscript is a good fit for our series.
Of the hundreds of manuscripts we receive each year, we publish only a handful. Our selection process is rigorous and focused on finding the best writing by African poets.
We are currently closed for submissions. We plan to open our submissions in January 2016, after the Sillerman Prize for African poets has closed. Thank you for your patience.
For more details and guidelines on how to submit your work for consideration for publication, click here.