Guidelines for Submissions and Frequently Asked Questions

Aspiring art critics are invited to submit one unpublished review of a recent contemporary art exhibition, a critique of recent works or a review of a book on contemporary art developments in Africa, which should be 1,000 words in length.

Entries should be emailed as a Word attachment to Please don’t send images.

  • Entries must be submitted in English, but may be translated (this must be acknowledged).
  • Entrants must be over 18 years of age at the time of submission.
  • Entrants are allowed a maximum of three unpublished pieces of a recent contemporary art

The closing date for entries is March 30, 2018.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What constitutes an African contemporary art exhibition’?

Suitable exhibitions include; those focusing on the work of living artists or art made after 1950; group shows featuring contemporary and historical works; presentations of historical works in galleries which primarily show the work of contemporary artists.

  • What do you mean by a ‘recent’ exhibition?

One that has been running within the last six months of the time the review is submitted.

  • By ‘unpublished’ do you mean print and online, or print only?

Unpublished writing includes articles not submitted to both print and online third-party publications including blogs, catalogue essays, reviews in print and online magazines, and journals.

  • Does ‘700 words’ mean exactly 700 words?

We give an allowance, plus or minus 20 words.

  • What are you looking for?

We value intellectual criticism and reviews, present in a clear, concise and accessible manner. Writers are asked to focus on describing and analysing the artwork and to avoid using jargon or arcane terminology.