Call for Submissions
SBMEN Women’s Creative Writing Workshop

Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria is proud to announce its Virtual Creative Writing Workshop for young female writers.   The aim of the workshop is to enhance the skills and talent of female writers; explore the literary works of only inspiring female writers and provide a platform to creatively express themselves.

Target Audience

We are interested in 20 female writers between the ages of 18 and 30 years, who write fiction, non-fiction, and cover culture journalism and new media.


Registration: Free


  • Dzekashu Macviban, writer and publisher of the award-winning magazine, Bakwa and Bakwa Books from Cameroon.
  • Zukiswa Wanner, award winning novelist, journalist and editor from South Africa
  • Enajite Efemuaye, writer and managing editor of Farafina books from Lagos.


NB: The guest shall be announced before the workshop.

Workshop Description

The workshop will hold over four days from Monday 23 November to 26 November 2020 and will consist of several sessions with the facilitators online. The workshop will be delivered through discussions, writing exercises, and guided readings. The last session will be the guest session with an accomplished writer or publisher from Africa.

Submission Deadline:

To qualify to join the workshop,

  • Submit an unpublished 1000-word flash fiction or non fiction piece for consideration.
  • Submission deadline is Saturday 7 November 2020.
  • Successful applicants will be informed by Wednesday 11 November 2020

Submission Guidelines

Please send the following attached as an MS WORD document to, with the subject head: Workshop Writing Submission:

  • Unpublished work in fiction and nonfiction, but not children’s fiction.
  • Include at the top of the Word document your name, contact address, email and phone number.
  • Format in Times New Roman size 12 font, black, 2.0 spacing.
  • Include a biography of not more than 100 words.
  • ·Include a 200-word contribution on why you want to participate in this workshop.

Participants will be awarded a “Certificate of Attendance” after the workshop. Also, next year, they will receive a free published “SBMEN Writer’s Handbook” a culmination of the workshop courses that will contain lessons and exercises to help with their continuous education to improve their writing.

This workshop is supported by Ford Foundation.

how can we help you?

Contact us at the SBMEN office or submit an inquiry online.