The 2018 Kofi Awoonor Literary Prize Competition

Starting April 24, 2018 - Ending April 24, 2019 Expired

The Department of English, University of Ghana, under the sponsorship of the Kofi Awoonor Family, Friends and Chief Dele Momodu of Ovation International magazine, announces the Second Edition of The Kofi Awoonor Literary Prize. The biennial competition initially alternates between significant collections of Poetry, Prose and Essay, the three literary genres in which Professor Awoonor distinguished himself.


To be eligible to win the Prize, a person must be an African and a currently registered student of the University of Ghana or must have graduated within the past ten (10) years (2008-2017).


The Second Edition of the competition is dedicated to Prose Fiction. Each participant must submit four (4) copies of a full-length Novel or Collection of Short Stories, published (from 2008 to 2017), or unpublished. Unpublished works must be typed, double spaced and in Times New Roman 12 point font size.



Published works and hard copies of unpublished works (in Microsoft word format, printed on one side of A4 sheets and soft-bound) should be submitted in person or under registered cover to:


The Coordinator

The Kofi Awoonor Literary Prize Committee

The Department of English

P.O. Box LG 129

University of Ghana, Legon


In addition to hard copies of unpublished works, soft copies should be sent to the following email address:



The deadline for the submission of manuscripts is July15, 2018.



There will be one major prize of GHȻ5000 and two consolation prizes of GHȻ1000 and GHȻ750, respectively.



The Winners will be announced on September 21, 2018, which marks the 5th anniversary of Professor Awoonor’s passing.