African Writer's Residency Award

This award in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut offers a two month international working stay at the Foundation to writers of contemporary African literature, who are related to or engaging with contemporary themes and concerns of Africa and the African Diaspora.

Goethe-Institut & Sylt Foundation African Literary Writer's Residency Award

We are very delighted to have a new partner for our award from this year on. Thanks so much to the Goethe-Institut for the collaboration!

The Sylt Foundation calls all writers of contemporary African literature to apply for the two months African Writer´s Award, offered as part of the Sylt Foundation Residency Programme.

The African Writer´s Residency is awarded anually and offers an Award of a two months residency to writers of African literature, whose work engages with contemporary themes related to Africa and the African diaspora. The Award is open to published (not self-published) writers of poetry, prose, plays and novels by an African writer, whether in Africa or elsewhere, published in the English language or translated into the English language.

The winner will be selected by an experienced and credible selection panel of literary professionals.

The contemporary African writer who wins the award is expected to work on or complete a writing project he/she proposed in her/his application. The residency aims to provide an opportunity for the writer to develop ideas and to do research related to the project.

Previous winner were Mildred Barya (Uganda) in 2015, Nii Parkes (GB/Ghana) in 2014 and Chika Unigwe (Nigeria) in 2013.

Deadline for application submission is 6 pm Thursday, 30th June 2016.

Call for Applications & Application requirements (pdf)


in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut