Voodoonauts 2024 Black Speculative Summer Fellowship Open for Applications

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Voodoonauts is thrilled to announce the opening of submissions for the 2024 Black Speculative Summer Fellowship. After a one-year hiatus, Voodoonauts is back with a free, week-long online writing fellowship in August, centered around the themes of Resistance, Solidarity, and Liberation.

Voodoonauts, a grassroots Afrofuturist collective for Black SFF writers, was founded by MFA students Yvette Lisa Ndlovu and Shingai Njeri Kagunda, along with Hugh “H.D.” Hunter and LP Kindred. The collective was established in response to the under-representation and isolation of Black speculative fiction writers in the SFF landscape. Voodoonauts serves as a community space and generative writing workshop dedicated to nurturing the artistic and professional growth of Black SFF writers, with a founding principle focused on increasing accessibility for Black science fiction and fantasy writers.

Since its inaugural fellowship in July 2020, which featured prominent Black writers from across Africa, Voodoonauts has provided a platform for Black voices to shine through the art of storytelling. The theme of the inaugural fellowship, “Negritude in the 6th Dimension: An Afrofuturist Craft Excursion,” set the tone for an exploration of Black identity and futurism in literature.

This year’s theme, Resistance, Solidarity, and Liberation, embodies the rich history of African scholars using literature as a tool for expression. It speaks to the ongoing struggle for freedom and the resistance of Black individuals against exploitation and oppression.

The fellowship will take place from August 8th to 11th, 2024, and will be held online via Zoom. The deadline for all applications is May 1st, 2024.

Send an email to voodoonauts@gmail.com for questions or inquiries. Click here to submit.

We wish all applicants the best of luck!


Bakare Oluwatobiloba

I write to educate, motivate and define history with literature. Just being me!