Win up to £1,000 in the Africa@2050 Climate Fiction Competition 2021

Are you from a sub-Saharan African Country interested in telling your story of the future? Then you should share your story in the Africa@2050 Climate Fiction Competition 2021 to stand a chance of winning  up to £1,000. They invite short stories or poems 

 Application Deadline: June 18, 2021


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  • Winner receives £1,000
  • Second place receives E500
  • Third place receives E300
  • Shortlisted entries will receive £100.
  • In addition to cash prizes, winning and shortlisted participants will be invited to participate in a Climate Futures Workshop on June 30 2021. 
  • Winners and shortlisted entries will be showcased on the website, and featured in a virtual COP26 fringe event in October 2021 at the Energy Ethics 2021 Conference Energy Transitions & Planetary Futures’.


The opportunity is open to  applicants who are:

  • Aged 18 or over
  • Nationals or residents of the following sub-Saharan African countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Réunion, Rwanda, São Tomé and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Requirements/Terms and Conditions

  • Winners and shortlisted applicants must be available to attend and contribute to the Climate Workshop following their award (to be held virtually on Zoom). 
  • Your entry must be previously-unpublished work.
  • Entries can be in any language, but, if not in English, must be submitted alongside a full English translation for the purpose of the competition. 

N.B: Only the English version will be evaluated for the competition. If selected, winning and shortlisted texts will feature in their original language texts alongside the English translation.

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Application Instructions

Submit your story of Africa@2050, as a short story (max 1500 words) or poem (max 1000 words). 

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About the frica@2050 Climate Fiction Competition

Climate Fiction Competition

Africa@2050 is a project based at the Centre for Energy Ethics (CEE) at the University of St Andrews and the Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies (C3SS) at the University of Ghana. It is funded by the Scottish Funding Council.

Prompt: Tell your stories of the future: what is your vision for Africa in the world in 2050? What challenges lie ahead, what dreams and hopes? What kind of Africa do you envision in 2050? What future do you want and how do we create that future in the present?

The world is on fire. Under business as usual, scientists warn that by 2050 over half of the world could face water scarcity, unsafe levels of air pollution, and increasingly unpredictable weather events. The world is at a crossroads. If we act now, we have a unique opportunity to remake the world. What future do we hope for? What future do we fear? If you could write any world into being, what world would that be?

The story should broadly and creatively engage with the issue of climate change on the African continent, including (but not restricted to): climate justice; energy; carbon emissions, trading and capture; mining & rare earth minerals; water scarcity; electric transportation; agriculture & food security; extreme weather events;waste; toxicity, sustainability.

Key Dates and Order of Program

Application deadline is 18 JUNE 2021, 23:59 Central African Time (CAT).

  • Entries will be reviewed and shortlisted by an internal panel, and submitted to a panel of external judges for final review and award.
  • Winners, runners-up and shortlisted applicants will be notified by email.
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