Voix d'Afriques Award 2022

Literary prize from JC Lattès, RFI and the Cité internationale des arts

Application deadline: January 10th, 2022 included.

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Initiated by JC Lattès and RFI, in partnership with the Cité internationale des arts, Voix d'Afriques is a literary prize designed to bring out young French-speaking authors from the African continent. A prize to support and highlight new African literary voices, novels reflecting the situation of a country, political, economic or social news or more intimate texts.


This writing contest is open to anyone over the age of 18 and under 30 who has never been published and who lives in an African country. More than 14,000 people have registered on the platform since the launch of the first edition of the contest. Each novel was a unique look at Africa, a reflection on history, what education allows, what dreams people have in the face of harsh powers, closed borders, what secrets they keep preciously, what are their struggles and their weapons: poetry, humor, mutual aid, imagination.



All the information and practical questions to read below and available HERE (thank you to consult these elements before submitting your application). 





Eligibility and selection criteria

This contest is open to any natural person under thirty years of age at the time of his or her participation in the contest, who has never been published and who resides in an African country.


Residency conditions

The program includes:


• A live-in studio on the Marais site of the Cité internationale des arts from September to October 2022;

• A living allowance of 800 euros per month;

• A publishing contract with a publication in paper and digital book by JC Lattès editions;

• An artistic and professional accompaniment.


One application will be selected.




Submission of applications

From November 10th, 2021 to Janaury 10th, 2022.


Results announcement

From the end of March 2022 onwards.


Residency dates

From September to October 2022.


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How to apply?

Applications for the Voix d'Afriques Prize are made via the dedicated online form.

In case of technical problems related to the registration platform (for example, a problem creating an account or uploading the manuscript), the participant can contact the technical team by e-mail at If, however, the participant could not publish his/her text on the site, he/she may send it by e-mail to before January 10th, 2022 (11:59 pm), Paris time.


Once your application is finalized, you will not be able to modify it. We thank you for filling in the form as rigorously as possible.



The live-in studio

With a surface area ranging from 25 to 60m2, the live-in are designed to combine production and daily life. They consist of a work room, a kitchen, a bathroom and a sleeping area. A workshop can accommodate up to two adults and a child up to 7 years old. 




We regret that the proposed studio apartments do not meet current accessibility standards for people with disabilities, and we are working on this for the future.

For any request concerning the accessibility of the spaces of the Cité internationale des arts, we are at your disposal to answer you case by case. 

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