Opo (meaning Abundance in Yoruba) celebrates the richness and range of narrative prose from the African Diaspora. The annual series will alternate between under-published and underappreciated genres and forms not often associated with writers of the diaspora.

2017: Speculative Fiction, with the winning manuscript to be selected by award-winning writer Victor LaValle.

Manuscript Requirements

  • Entries may be novels, novellas, or short stories. Speculative fiction includes
    -Science Fiction
    -Urban fantasy
  • The fiction must be previously unpublished.
  • You should submit the full-length manuscript.
  • At this time we are only accepting manuscripts written in English.
  • The first page of the manuscript should be a single cover page with the title of the manuscript only. All manuscripts are screened anonymously. Submittable provides fields to fill in your contact information: name, address, telephone number, and email address. Manuscripts that contain any identifying information about the author will be disqualified and not read by our judges.
  • Please use standard manuscript formatting (double-spaced, 1/4-inch margins, etc.)
  • Simultaneous submissions to other publishers or contests are permitted, as long as you notify Kimbilio promptly that the manuscript is accepted elsewhere.
  • The online Submittable system automatically confirms for you the receipt of your manuscript.
  • At the end of the judging period, approximately mid-September, you will receive a notice through the Submittable site about the judges’ decision.
  • All manuscripts must arrive through the Submittable Portal. No exceptions.


  • All entries must be certified by Submittable by midnight (EST) of May 31, 2017.

Reading Fee

  • A reading fee of $15 (U.S.) must accompany each submission. Manuscripts that meet the requirements may be submitted separately to both the Opo and National Fiction prizes. (The reading fees helps to partially defray the cost of reviewing manuscripts.)

SUBMIT HERE: The Kimbilio/Braddock Avenue Book Prize

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