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About the Competition

Harambee Literary Prize is instituted by a group of writers in East Africa with the aim of fostering creative writing within the international literary society, particularly among the youth. It aims at nurturing imaginative abilities and promoting the craft of writing by rewarding budding authors. The prize also prides itself in helping new writers cross the red-tape traditionally associated with the publishing industry. Transparency and integrity are among the core pillars of the Prize’s ethos, and therefore writers are judged anonymously, solely on meritorious grounds. Judges are blinded with regard to the personal details of writers. Names of writers will be revealed at the end only after judges have determined the verdict. All entries submitted through the Harambee Literary Prize portal are automatically coded and sent onward to the judges for assessment. The panel of judges for each prize will vary, and are selected from all corners of the global literary space. The award is funded by private donors and individuals. Harambee Literary Prize has zero tolerance for racism, tribalism and such other isms.

Contest Details

The 2022 theme


"The simultaneous existence of two opposed and conflicting feelings or emotions towards a person, thing or idea, eg. love and hate."
Synonyms: indecision, uncertainty, hesitation, doubt.
—Collins English Dictionary

Writers are invited to submit short stories (fiction or non-fiction) with a word count of 1500-5000 words, where one of the main characters is faced with “ambivalence,” and explore how he/she deals with it.

Apart from adherence to the theme, the judges will be on the lookout for a strong voice. They will be looking to get thrilled, immersed and entertained by winning entries. Artful use of narrative style and unique craftsmanship will be a strong determining factor of the overall winner.

1st Prize Winner:

  1. $500 via PayPal or Bank Transfer
  2. Publication in the inaugural Harambee Anthology of Short Stories.

  3. Certificate of Merit

  4. Worldwide publicity through our website & social media platforms.

  5. Free eBook copy of final illustrated anthology.






*The cash prize is realized from individuals, private donors and sponsors, who are acknowledged at the end of each award.

Harambee Anthology Series

Authors of entries that are deemed by judges to be of a quality fit for publication will be contacted. However, a series of revisions under the guidance of Harambee Literary Prize’s team of editors might be warranted before final publication.


Worldwide copyright of each entry remains with the author, but the Harambee Literary Prize reserves unrestricted rights to publish the winning and highly commended entries in its anthology series.


The deadline for entries is 11.59pm (EAT) on 1st April, 2022


Open for submissions: 1st January, 2022

Deadline:  1st April, 2022

Long-list: 1st May, 2022

Short-list: 1st June, 2022

Winner: 1st July, 2022

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Meet the Judges

Meghna Pant

Meghna Pant

Contest Judge

    Meghna Pant is a multiple award-winning and bestselling author, screenwriter, journalist and speaker from India.


    Elizabeth M. Castillo

    Elizabeth M. Castillo

    Contest Judge

      Elizabeth M. Castillo is a British-Mauritian poet, writer, indie-press promoter, and a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee.

      Dr. Tom Sewe

      Dr. Tom Sewe

      Contest Judge

        Dr. Tom Sewe is a practicing Family Physician who devotes his days to medical practice and nights to Literature.

        Alice Njihia

        Alice Njihia

        Contest Judge

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