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Sunday, July 12, 2015


Deadline: August 30, 2015

Ankara Press is a fresh new voice publishing romantic fiction for the African market, and is devoted to publishing easy-to-read, purse-size books with African settings, storylines and characters.

Ankara Press launched in December 2014 with six titles, set in locations as diverse as Lagos, Jos, Cape Town and the Obudu Mountain Resort in Cross Rivers state, and the novels have received glowing reviews and media attention from across the globe.

Ankara Press is now looking to commission the next wave of romance titles, for publication in 2016. The romances will be published initially as e-books, and easily downloadable to mobile devices.

“We are looking for strong, original voices to write romance novels for the African and Diaspora market,” say the organisers. “The novels could be stand-alone or form part of a series. We don’t want stories that simply recreate traditional romances. Often, these rely on dangerous notions of male dominance, control and manipulation that have done great harm to women all over the world. Many women tolerate abusive situations because they wrongly believe that this is what romance should look like.

“We are looking for a new kind of romance. One in which the thrill of fantasy is alive but realized in a healthier, more grounded reality and gives women the tools to shape their own destinies. We want stories in which strong, capable female characters meet charming men who are secure in their identities and respectful of a woman’s choices. We are also keen to publish stories that explore same-sex relationships.”

The organisation would welcome more submissions from male writers and manuscripts in which the male characters are not businessmen, lawyers or financiers, but have alternative careers.

The novels should be between 35,000 to 45,000 words long (they should not exceed this word limit) and should be divided into about 10-15 chapters.

To apply, check out existing Ankara Press titles at Read carefully through our submission guidelines. Authors will need to submit a synopsis and the first three chapters of their novel to the email listed on the website.

Closing date for submissions is August 30. Early submissions are encouraged.