Submission & Eligibility

All stories should be original work, submitted in English, following these guidelines:

  • Story length: 1500 – 2500 words.
  • Should be submitted through the specified online form.
  • If an online form is not provided, should be submitted in Microsoft Word, single-spaced.

Contributing Author Eligibility

You are an eligible author/group of authors if you:

  • are African by lineage, heritage, citizenship, immigration and/or self-identification, living anywhere in the world and;
  • have recently done (in the past 3 years) or are currently doing work in any African country that is already showing outcomes or making a difference as defined by you and/or the group(s) you are working with.
  • You may also interview others who have done / are doing the work, and submit a story on their behalf. If you would like to tell someone else’s story, you must have their confirmed permission in writing or where not possible in writing, their recorded verbal consent. In addition they must be listed as a co-author.


Submissions should be narrative or story-based, answering the following questions:

  • What’s your personal story?
  • What inspired you to start/do the work you are doing?
  • What was the challenge you sought to address or potential you sought to unlock?
  • What did you do and how did you do it?
  • What have been the outcomes and impacts of the work to-date?
  • What has the experience taught you?
  • What do you see for the future?

Style and Citations

  • All stories must use non-discriminatory language
  • The book is aimed at a broad audience so the use of jargon and acronyms should be limited to those strictly necessary for the argument, and if used should be spelled out the first time they are mentioned.
  • Citations should always be accompanied by precise references and anecdotal information provided may be fact-checked.
  • Graphics or images that enhance the story are encouraged – you must have permission to use these, and they must be submitted separately in high resolution.

Review Process & Disclaimer

All stories will be reviewed by the editorial team, who reserve the right to accept or reject submissions. Stories will be reviewed based on a combination of the following:

  • Strength of storytelling
  • Thoroughness of the story, covering all the elements requested in this call for submissions including details of outcomes and impacts
  • Likelihood that the story will inspire and galvanize those that are living and working for a prosperous Africa
  • Representation of work from a geographical spread
  • Representation of authors of diverse African backgrounds
  • Representation of stories from a variety of sectors and disciplines.

Note: Although ALL stories will be given full consideration, preference may be given to stories that would otherwise / usually go unnoticed or unheard.

​By submitting a story, you acknowledge that the intent is to publish selected stories within the We Will Lead Africa volume and other publications, at which point you will be expected to sign over rights. Upon submission, you will be sent an acknowledgement of receipt. All submissions will be given full consideration and will receive a response, whether they are accepted or not, but detailed feedback on rejected stories may not be possible. Authors of final accepted submissions will be asked to accept a contributors’ agreement before publication.