The Africa Institute Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship 2022

The Tejumola Olaniyan Creative Writers-in-Residence Fellowship is being offered by the Africa Institute as part of its African Languages and Translation Program.

This residency program is named for the late Nigerian Professor Tejumola Olaniyan, who left a lasting legacy in the fields of African literature and critical theory.

The residency program accepts submissions from novelists, short story writers, playwrights, poets, and scriptwriters who are interested in writing about Africa and the African diaspora for a total grant of 45,000 AED.

The project proposal can be written in Arabic or English (other languages will be considered). Recipients are invited to Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, for a three-month residency to complete their work.

The Africa Institute’s publications program will provide recipients with the opportunity to publish their works.

Projects involving theatre and film screenplays might be published as texts or receive assistance in putting on shows.

The project can be fresh or in progress, and it must be realistic to complete during the residence duration.

The Africa Institute will analyze all applications with the help of a committee of well-known writers.

Three grantees will be chosen based on the quality of their proposal and their demonstrated ability to complete the residence within the period.

How to Apply

The first term in 2022 will start in September and end in November.

The following items must be included in your application:

  • The applicant’s CV/résumé
  • A two-page description of the project to be completed during the residency, its significance, and an estimated completion date.
  • A selection of published and unpublished works.

To apply, combine all application materials into one single PDF in the following order: CV/résumé, two-page narrative, and writing sample (in case of a book, please attach separately).

Please name the file TOCWRP LASTNAME FIRSTNAME, with the abbreviation for the residency title and the applicant’s name in this format: TOCWRP LASTNAME FIRSTNAME.

Send the PDF as an attachment to [email protected] with the same name in the email subject heading.

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