To be published by Four Way Books in spring 2019, the Kimbilio National Fiction Prize is open to writers of the African Diaspora and will be a celebration and affirmation of the best in contemporary fiction.

The final selection for the 2017 contest will be made by literary legend Edwidge Dandicat.

Manuscript Requirements

  • Entries may be novels, novellas, or short stories. Combinations of novellas and short stories are also welcome.
  • The fiction must be previously unpublished.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 June 15, 2017 DEADLINE EXTENDED

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.)





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