On the heels of the third volume of 20.35 Africa’s annual poetry anthology comes the New Poets series, a monthly series that provides individual visibility to contemporary African poets, prioritizing poets living on the continent. Each month, 20.35 Africa editors will choose a poet to be featured on our website and promote their writing through a targeted social media campaign for the duration of the month.
We are calling for 20.35 Africa’s readership and the greater African poetry community to nominate any and all up-and-coming writers whose talents merit an international audience. We are seeking to highlight poets with groundbreaking, paradigm-shifting writing; poets who offer new lenses through which to see and navigate the world; poets whose personal narratives enliven others; and poets who, until now, have not been recognized for their striking and tender words.
Do you know a young African who fits the bill? We want to know them too! Nominations for the New Poets Series are open to the public on a rolling basis, and we encourage you to send us your freshest and most electric voices.
We’ll favor poets between the ages of 15 and 35 years for this series.