Gerald Kraak Anthology and Prize

An anthology and prize on the topics of gender, human rights and sexuality, for writers and photographers across Africa.

Submissions for the Gerald Kraak Anthology and Prize will be kept open all year round. We are now accepting submissions for the fourth anthology and prize.

Created in honour of the late activist Gerald Kraak’s extraordinary legacy of supporting human rights, this prize advances his contribution to building a world that is safe and welcoming to all. 

This unique prize calls for multi-layered, brave and stirring African voices that represent a new wave of fresh storytelling, one that provokes thought on the topics of gender, social justice and sexuality.

Gerald Kraak (1956–2014) was a passionate champion of social justice, an anti-apartheid activist and the head of the Atlantic Philanthropies’ Reconciliation and Human Rights Programme in South Africa. 

He authored two books, including the European Union Literary Award-winning Ice in the Lungs (Jacana, 2005), which explores South African politics, and directed a documentary on gay conscripts in the apartheid army. He will be remembered for being kind and generous, delightfully irreverent and deeply committed to realising an equal and just society for all. His unfinished novel, Shadow Play, posthumously completed by Alison Lowry, was published by Jacana Media in May 2017. 

The Heart of the Matter

This third Gerald Kraak Anthology, published in 2019 by Jacana Media with support from the Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF) and the Other Foundation, comprises the following shortlisted entries:

OluTimehin Adegbeye won the third Gerald Kraak Prize for her essay ‘Mothers and Men’.

Obiageli  by Prosper O. Anuforo (Nigeria).
The First of Their Kind by Lillian Akampurira Aujo (Uganda).
The Shape of Abnormal Things by Nonso Anyanwu (Nigeria).
Last Night in Asaba by Chiké Frankie Edozien (Nigeria).
A Sickness Called Longing by Chukwuebuka Ibeh (Nigeria).
Limbo by Innocent Chizaram Ilo (Nigeria).
The Impossibility of Home by Idza Luhumyo (Kenya).
The Passover by Caleb Okereke (Nigeria).
The Masked Dance by Nigel Mpemba Patel (Malawi).
Semen in the Sun by Jarred Thompson (South Africa).

Mothers and Men by OluTimehin Adegbeye (Nigeria).
Monstrous by Megan Ross (South Africa).
This Hell of a Body by Eugene Yakubu (Nigeria).

Playlist of the Least Loveable by JK Anowe (Nigeria).
Father’s Lessons by Bamidele Iyanuoluwapo (Nigeria).
Verdwaal by Lynne Kloot (South Africa).
A List of Things I Don’t Tell My Mother by Sarah Lubala (Democratic Republic of Congo/South Africa).
On My Coming Out by Chisom Okafor (Nigeria).
City of Salts by Chisom Okafor (Nigeria).
Pride by Deborah Seddon (South Africa).
My sex drive is self-reflective, Butch Bottom and Condition by Jarred Thompson (South Africa).


Submissions for 2021 are open and will be kept open all year round.

Entries must have been created by a citizen of an African country. Written submissions must be in English.

Up to three entries are permitted per author, across categories. Each entry must be submitted on a separate electronic entry form.

Entries are submitted in the following categories:
1. Fiction
2. Non-fiction
3. Poetry
4. Visual Arts

Please number your pages, use a font size of 12, Times New Roman and 1.5 spacing (avoid unnecessary formatting, such as borders).

Materials must not exceed 15 000 words or 8 images.

Images must be 300 dpi high resolution.

Images will be published in an image section on matte art paper and not in the body of the text.

We are looking for work which tells a story or illustrates an idea. If one photograph achieves this, then we welcome the submission of that single image. It is, however, more likely to be accomplished through a collection of photographs or a photographic essay.

We accept unpublished as well as previously published works.

No handwritten or hard copy entries can be considered. Submissions must be made via the online portal.

Entrants’ name should not be included on the manuscript being submitted, as the award is judged blind and the author remains anonymous until the shortlist has been selected.

There is an opportunity to use a pseudonym should one be required.

Intertextuality and references must be appropriately attributed and permissions from copyright holders obtained. This includes poems; song lyrics; quotes and excerpts from books, newspapers, magazines, journals; and reproductions of artwork, photographs or other forms.

Submissions are considered to implicitly indicate the entrant’s permission for their work to be published in the anthology, if shortlisted, for no payment or royalty.

Entry Form

Please ensure that you have read the rules and criteria for this award before submitting your entry, to be sure that your work qualifies.

Gerald Kraak Anthology and Prize

For written works: Word or pdf documents are acceptable.

For any works which include photographs: JPEG files are acceptable. If you are submitting a photographic essay, or photographs with captions, please submit your text and photograph files together. Word or PDF text files are acceptable. Photographs must be high-resolution (300 dpi or more). Please photographic file submissions to under 15MB.

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Note that any entries that are incomplete will be disqualified. Any submissions that do not meet the criteria (specified above) will also be disqualified. Only successful entrants, whose submissions have been selected for publication, will be contacted. All news and information related to this award will be sent out to our mailing list and posted to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Disclaimer: Jacana Media assumes no responsibility for lost or misdirected entries. Jacana also reserves the right to edit for spelling and grammatical errors. Copyright remains with the writer, but Jacana reserves the right to use published materials however it deems fit. Acceptance of these terms is implied by submission of this entry form. Enquiries can be directed to