9mobile Prize for Literature Flash Fiction Award for Short Fiction Writers from Africa

The 9mobile Flash Fiction Award

Course(s) Offered: Writing (flash fiction)
Course Level: All levels
Provider: 9mobile
Country to Study in: Africa

Scholarship Description
In 2014, 9mobile Flash Fiction Award (formerly, Etisalat Prize for Literature) launched the online based flash fiction prize, 9mobile Flash Fiction Award, to engage the rising stars of fiction. Flash fiction is fiction that is extremely brief, typically only a few hundred words or fewer in its entirety (though some define this as not more than 1000 words).

9mobile has at the core of its vision, to encourage and inspire creativity. Having this in mind, the Flash Fiction Award has been established in order to cater to the large amount of interest received from unpublished writers across the Continent.

In order to garner some publicity for the art of flash fiction writing and the writers themselves, this category of the Prize will be open to the general public to review and contribute to the ultimate selection of a winner.

The 9mobile Prize for Literature Flash Fiction Award
The 9mobile Flash Fiction Award

Authors eligible to participate in the Literary Competition must be of African descent. An Author of African descent is one who was either born in Africa, or one who is a national of an African country, or one who has a parent who was either born in or is a national of an African country.

Entry requirements:
  • First-time writer
  • The book was first published between June 2015 - June 2017
  • The book was published in english and by an author of african citizenship
  • All shortlisted and winning authors will cooperate fully with 9mobile Corporate Communications, making themselves available for interviews, events and other opportunities.
  • Shortlisted entries by non-African based publishers require co-publisher partnership with an African based publisher.
  • Agree with the terms and conditions of "The Prize For Literature"
Eligible groups
Citizens of any African country

Fields of study
Flash fiction writing

Sponsorship duration
This is a one time award prize

Award Prizes
Winners will receive:
  • Cash prize.
  • High end device or iPad
Runners-up (2):
  • Cash prize (each)
  • High end device or iPad
Method of Application
Stories [no more than 300 words] should be submitted at the 9mobile Prize for Literature Flash Fiction Webpage. Fill and download application from here. The application form should be submitted along with seven (7) copies of the published book to 9mobile contact address.

It is important to visit the official website 9link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply.

Entries open July 3 and close September 18

In today’s fast paced world where communication is right at our finger tips through the use of smart devices; phones, tablets and the likes, consumers prefer to consume information on-the-go and in bite sized chunks. The Flash Fiction Award therefore seeks to marry both of these concepts together thus providing added value to mobile device users across Africa. [Also see the 9mobile Prize for Literature]. 9mobile Nigeria (formerly, Etisalat Nigeria) is one of the major mobile telecommunications service providers in Nigeria. Established in 2008, the network has since grown in leaps and bounds.

Application Deadline: 18 September 2017
Open to International Applicants: Yes (ONLY Africans)

More Award Information and Application

Related: List of Awards for Africans and non-Africans


  1. Nice to read this.Thank you so much for sharing this information.

  2. I am overjoyed but I hope with the purported departure of Etisalat from Nigeria would not affect this.