The LUNARIS team is glad to officially announce the inaugural Toyin Fálọlá Prize (TFP) created in honor of the Distinguished African scholar and foremost historian, Professor Toyin Fálọlá, whose contributions to the field of African history and culture have continued to place Africa on the map and accord it its deserved recognition. The prize is meant to honor his endeavors and contribute to the advancement of the richness of African culture, people, myth, and history.

Toyin Fálọlá has spent a greater part of his career advancing the African (hi)story the African way. We’re set on the same path, but this time we seek to reclaim the African story by blurring the boundaries between History and Literature to reveal what Maya Angelou refers to as not the glamorous facts but historical truths about Africa. For this reason, the Toyin Falola Prize is LUNARIS’ way of staking a claim that the proper African (hi)story indeed can be made, especially under self-selected circumstances. Writing, after all, is impossibility turned on its head.

On this premise, we invite young African writers to reach to the core of Africa to make, remake, affirm, and re-affirm the African (hi)story creatively. Presently, the prize is worth 700 dollars for a single winner from any country in Africa, which makes it one of the largest literary prizes in the continent. The inaugural edition of the prize would be judged by Mukoma wa Ngugi and Adunni Abimbola Adelakun.

Further information about the prize can be found at

Oke, Tolulope A.
Publisher, Lunaris Review

Submission Guidelines:

• The short story must be creatively inclined towards the historicity of an African place, people, time or event; however this is done is solely left to the imagination and creativity of the writer. Creative and genre bending submissions are highly welcomed. All genres of stories are encouraged (including those hard to categorize).

• Witty language and humour are especially welcomed.

• The narratives can be either factual or fiction, or the mixture of both; however, the genre must be clearly indicated by the entrant, which does not in any way influence/constrain the chances of the submission, as originality, creativity, and delivery are principal criteria.

• The writer should not be below the age of 15 nor above 35 at the time of submission.

• There is no limit to the number of words; however, we would prefer submissions within the range of 1,500 – 6, 000 words.

• All entrants must be African, that is, the writer should either be born in Africa or have either of the two parents as African.

• All submissions must be the original work of the entrants, previously unpublished in any form and not under consideration for publication or prize somewhere else. That means we do not accept translated works or simultaneous submission. Note: Published means either online in any form or on any platform.

• All submissions should be sent to [email protected] with the subject SUBMISSION FOR THE TOYIN FÁLOLÁ PRIZE.

• All submissions should be attached as doc. file and formatted in 1.5 line spacing, Book Antiqua theme font with font size 12. Note: Other file formats would not be considered for the prize.

• Also, the submission mail should not contain the bio of the entrant, just name and contact information. Bios of the entrants would be requested after selection. The file itself should not bear any indication of the name or any identifying detail of the entrant.

• By submitting to the prize, the entrant gives Pan-African University Press the exclusive right (or as determined by PAUP) to edit and publish their works upon selection for longlist in the ensuing anthology of the prize.

• No member or relative of the Lunaris Review Team and Pan-African University Press would be considered for the prize.


  • Call for Submission: January 1 
  • Longlist Announcement:  July, 2020
  • Shortlist Announcement: September, 2020
  • Announcement of Winner: October, 2020
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