AUTHORS COLLABORATION ANTHOLOGY 2021

CLC KENYA's "THRIVING IN AND AFTER A CRISIS" ANTHOLOGY

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CLC Kenya's Authors Collaboration Competition offers (upto) Kes 10,000 printing prize and publication of all shortlisted entries in a published paperback anthology.

Exposure

If you are shortlisted, you will gain additional exposure for your work to a wider audience

networking & Collaboration

You will also get the opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow contributing authors.

Endorsement

The anthology will be published and distributed by CLC Kenya, which is an endorsement of the contributing authors.

Impact Lives

This is a good opportunity to use your calling to bring hope to readers during the uncertain pandemic season. Join us in this quest.

why you should join

Our goal at CLC Kenya is to “make Christian literature available so that people may come to faith and maturity in our Lord Jesus Christ.” This mandate is needed now more than ever during a time when our communities are suffering from the effect of Covid-19. This is a good opportunity to use your calling to bring hope to readers. Join us in this quest.

In addition to the impact, as a self-published author, you stand a chance to get additional exposure to a wider (and sometimes, a new) audience.

The anthology will be published and distributed by CLC Kenya, which is an endorsement of the contributing authors. Your already published books will be further marketed through your profile which will appear in the Anthology.

You will also get the opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow contributing authors.

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Anthology details

Here’s all you need to know about the anthology.
  • Theme
  • How to Enter
  • Submission Rules
  • Timelines
  • FAQs
All entries must relate to the theme for this year’s anthology: THRIVING IN AND AFTER A CRISIS
The CLC Kenya's Authors Collaboration anthology submissions will close on 30th April 2021. All entries must relate to the theme for this year’s anthology: THRIVING IN AND DURING A CRISIS. Entrants must read the Submission Rules before submitting their entries.

Submission

Please send your entry to programs@cblafrica.com. Only one entry per author. Please note that we will request authors to confirm that the entry is your original work.

No Fees

There are no fees required for this anthology submission.

CLC Kenya and it's subsidiaries - Authors Collaboration and African Christian Authors Book Award are non-profit making organizations/programs.

Submission Rules
  • There is only one competition under the theme THRIVING IN AND DURING A CRISIS, for which 10 prize winners receive up to Kes 10,000 each to be utilized on CLC Kenya's Print-On-Demand facility.
  • This year’s theme is “THRIVING IN AND DURING A CRISIS”.
  • Entries must be in English.
  • Entries must be by Christian authors from East Africa or with active programs in East Africa.
  • Authors must be members of CLC Kenya's Authors Collaboration and/or utilize CLC Kenya's Print-On-Demand facility.
  • The entry length is 5,000 - 10,000 words.
  • Double quotation marks should be used for speech and single quotation marks for other appropriate purposes.
  • British English should be used for all entries i.e Favour, Neighbour, Colour, Labour.
  • Entry should be sent to programs@cblafica.com as an edited and formatted word document (attachment). 
  • There is a template available below to  ensure your story is formatted correctly. You do not have to use it, but if it helps, please do so.
  • When you make the entry, start with the title of your topic and your author name.
  • The closing date is 30th April 2021 and entries will be accepted up to midnight on that date.
  • There are no entry fees for this competition.
  • All submissions should be the writer’s original work.
  • Copyright will be fully retained by CLC Kenya and the published analogy will be distributed for free or at a price at the discretion of CLC Kenya.
  • If shortlisted, the story must not be published elsewhere.
  • If NOT shortlisted, entry implies permission for your story to be published in CLC Kenya's and its subsidiaries website and social media platforms and used for Competition publicity purposes.
  • If NOT shortlisted, there will be no prize awarded to the author.
  • If NOT shortlisted, copyright remains with the author and the entry can be published elsewhere.
  • The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into.
Contacting You
  • By entering the anthology submission and providing your details, you are consenting to us contacting you by email, phone or WhatsApp about the 2021 competition and related events. We may do so to give more information, update you on shortlisted entries, let you know about available training courses, or invite you to the African Christian Authors Book Award entry and ceremony.
  • We will not share the contact details of entrants with any other organization without the consent of the entrant.
Provisional Shortlisting and Award Dates
  • Deadline for submission is 30th April 2021.
  • Please note that should there be a convened awards ceremony, the contributing authors will be invited to the awards ceremony. However, the anthology organizers will not and cannot pay any travel fees or sponsorships to attend the event. Hints and Tips As one of the aims of the anthology is to promote editorial excellence from Africa, the judges will include in their criteria the following:
    • Use of imagination;
    • Originality of thought and interpretation of theme;
    • Entertaining content that is thought provoking, intriguing, moving and, above all, enjoyable.
    Story Template 1. Accurate use of spelling, grammar and punctuation; 2. Single space left after full stops, colons, etc.; 3. Carefully consider titles and subtitles, and put in CAPITAL and in bold. 4. Each page should be numbered; 5. Cover page should bear (a) the title of your topic (b) Description of the target readers (c) Your full author name - this can be different from your legal names (d) Your legal names - if different from 'c' above. 6. All text 12 point, Verdana (for judging – it’s easier to read); 7. Line spacing is 1.5; 8. No indentation on paragraphs;
Provisional Shortlisting and Award Dates
  • Deadline for submission is 30th April 2021.
  • Please note that should there be a convened awards ceremony, the shortlisted authors will be invited to the awards ceremony.

    However, the competition organizers will not and cannot pay any travel fees or sponsorships to attend the event.

Who can enter?

Entries must be by Christian authors from East Africa and be members of CLC Kenya's Authors Collaboration and/or utilize CLC Kenya's Print-On-Demand facility.

What is this year’s theme? ‘THRIVING IN AND DURING A CRISIS’ – interpreted any way you wish.

Are there categories? Yes. 1. Marriage 2. Solitude 3. Accountability 4. Youth 5. Loss of Income - Business and Employment 6. Parenting 7. Pastors & Ministry Workers 8. Integrity of God's Promises 9. Mental Health(stress/Depression) 10. Book for Kids 11. Book for Teens

What does it cost to enter? 

There are no fees required for this anthology submission.

CLC Kenya and it's subsidiaries, Authors Collaboration and African Christian Authors Book Award are non-profit making organizations.

What are the prizes?

10 prize winners will receive up to Kes 10,000 each to be utilized on CLC Kenya's Print-On-Demand facility.

Do I have to live in East Africa to take part? No. However, you need to have existing books or book programs in East Africa.

Can I write fewer than 5,000 or more than 10,000 words? We’re afraid not. Entries shorter than 5,000 words and longer than 10,000 words will be disqualified.

How should I format my story?

1. Accurate use of spelling, grammar and punctuation;

2. Single space left after full stops, colons, etc.;

3. Carefully consider titles and subtitles, and put in CAPITAL and in bold.

4. Each page should be numbered;

5. Cover page should bear (a) the title of your topic

(b) Description of the target readers

(c) Your full author name - this can be different from your legal names

(d) Your legal names - if different from 'c' above.

6. All text 12 point, Verdana (for judging – it’s easier to read);

7. Line spacing is 1.5;

8. No indentation on paragraphs.

My entry has been published online/in a magazine or blog. Can I submit it?

Congratulations! But please don’t submit any articles published elsewhere. Entries must be entirely your own work, and no part must have been previously published or broadcast in any format.

Can I submit an entry in any language other than English? Sorry, no – we can only consider entries written in English. We haven’t got the resources to translate stories and automatic translation will not do your entry any favours.

How do I send my entry (address, format, information)? You should send your entry to programs@cblafrica.com

Will I get a certificate for entering?

Sorry, no. However, all shortlisted authors will get a copy of the anthology of that year's published paperback and ecopy.

Can I enter under a pen name? Yes, but we need to know your real name ourselves (we will not publish it) and be able to verify your real name and address if you are shortlisted. To enter under a pen name / pseudonym please use your pen name on your entry form and put your real name in brackets after it.

Meet the Team

People who are committed to contribute towards building strong East African authors to impact Africa and the rest of the world by creating author-centric solutions. 

Muthoni Mercy

National Director
CLC Kenya

Patrick Omukhango

R&D/Media Director
CLC Kenya

Paul Macharia

Head of Publishing & Programs
CLC Kenya

James Munyao

Head of Printing
CLC Kenya Print On Demand

Adnah McKenna

Media Assistant
CLC Kenya

Gloria Orina

Administrative Assistant
CLC Kenya

Winnie Ogencha

Consulting Editor
CLC Kenya

Brian Prince

Chairman
African Christian Authors Book Award by CLC Kenya

Jackline Ingasian

Secretary
African Christian Authors Book Award by CLC Kenya

Do you have any enquiries? Talk to us

We make Christian literature available to all nations so that people may come to faith and maturity in our Lord Jesus Christ. 

programs@kenyaclc.org
Tel: +254733817962

Thank You Sponsors

We appreciate all the anthology’s stakeholders for enabling us to develop Christian authorship in East Africa.