Pepeta Africa literary and artistic Contest 2020 for Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe Citizen (f $50 prize)

Pepeta Africa literary and artistic Contest 2020

Pepeta Africa literary and artistic Contest 2020 for Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe Citizen (f $50 prize)

Pepeta Africa invites literary and artistic submissions from young women across Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe for publication in “Our Voices”: A digital booklet that will contribute to the Beijing Platform of action review process by curating women’s reflections and experiences with our lives and rights in the 25 years after the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action.

Submissions are welcome from women who are residents and citizens of Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe.

Work submitted should fall under 1 of the following categories:

  • Literary Works: Eligible contributions include any of the following; short stories or excerpts from longer pieces of writing e.g. Novels; poetry; personal narratives and testimonies; interviews; essays and articles. All submissions under this category must be no more than 800 words long for poetry and 2500 words long for all other submissions.  Any submissions that exceed this word limit will not be vetted.
  • Artistic Works: Eligible contributions in this category include any of the following; paintings; drawings, illustrations, graphic designs and photo essays of no more than 5 photographs.

Entrants are permitted to send multiple submissions so long as this is indicated in the body of the email/letter when the submission is sent. Multiple submissions are limited to no more than 3 submissions / individual.

Pepeta Africa welcomes creative submissions that highlight and celebrate womxn’s voices and experiences over the 25 years since the adoption of the monumental Beijing platform of action in September 1995. Submissions are welcome under the topics of:

  • Women and Poverty
  • Women and Education
  • Women and Health
  • Women and Armed Conflict
  • Women and Violence
  • Women and The Economy
  • Women and Power and Decision Making
  • Women and Institutional Mechanism
  • Women and The Human Rights of Women
  • Women and The Media
  • Women and The Environment
  • The Girl Child

Or any other topic or theme identified by the entrant, that speaks to the experiences of women in Africa post Beijing


Submissions are welcome from women between the ages of 16-45 who are citizens of and currently living in either Malawi, Zambia or Zimbabwe

“Our Voices” will focus on celebrating and highlighting women’s experiences, paying particular attention to:

  • Intergenerational Stories: Celebrating not only the narratives of young women, but those of their mothers and the women that surround them.
  • A Diversity of Voices: Celebrating the voices of women with diverse and often marginalised stories.
  • The African Story: Celebrating the African story told through an African perspective. To make sure that our unique linguistic and cultural heritage is celebrated, submissions are encouraged to incorporate the use of local languages. E.g. in the form of dialogue, phrases and statements. All submissions must however be written and submitted in English.

Publication Token

Contributors will receive a token of $50 upon successful publication.

Works submitted remain the copyright of the artist after submission, however there is need to acknowledge the contribution of the platform should the work be subsequently published elsewhere.

Entrants are welcome to submit works that have been published previously, but must indicate the previous publisher and year of publication in the body of the email when submissions are sent.

All submissions must be emailed along with a short bio and headshot to [email protected] by  Monday 28th June 202023:00 CAT.

For more Information: Visit the website for Pepeta Africa literary and artistic Contest 2020