The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is issuing a call for The Decade of Action Short Stories an initiative targeted at young African creatives in an effort to broaden the conversation, awareness and re-imagination of the Sustainable Development Goals through fiction.

Young Africans born in Africa or with either of the two parents as African are invited to submit their stories in English during phase 1 of the project. At the time of submission, writers should be between 15 and 35 years of age.

According to the guidelines,stories are expected to be grounded on African perspectives, present or possible realities and futures as seen through the challenges of our times: climate change, environment, migration, health, technologies and innovation in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. They should capture the imagination around major challenges confronting the African continent such as eradication of poverty and reduction of inequalities; climate action for a healthy planet and achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

Shortlisted entries will be included in a special, Decade of Action Anthology of Short Stories to be launched at the annual African Forum for Sustainable Development to be held in March 2021.

The deadline for submissions is 20th of January, 2021

Issued by:
Communications Section
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

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