Brave Voices Poetry Journal 67 (FREEDOM VOICES PRIZE) defines the beginning of Freedom Voices Poetry Prize .The Prize seeks to promote tolerance, human rights, freedom of expression and creative resilience among people through poetry by poets of all ages in Africa and beyond. The contest is an experiment of what we want to achieve as a Republik of poetry this year and in the forthcoming years. The deadline of submissions is the 5th of October 2019 and many poets has since contributed through the MiomboPublishing Page and the requisite email address. The Prize also seeks to motivate and cultivate poetry writing talent.

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NEXT SUBMISSION: Brave Voices Poetry Journal 67: Paying Tribute to Unique Heroes and Heroines and their Uniqueness
An Ode for Cadres of resistance ( Human Rights , anti-imperialistic , anti apartheid , freedom of expression , fight for political justice , right to economic justice and right to social inclusion)
Ken Saro Wiwa for movement for the survival of Ogoni people ( Nigeria)
Dedan Kimathi (Kenyan liberation struggle)
Steve Biko (fighting inequalities in South African apartheid)
Lookout Masuku (fighting for political justice in Zimbabwe)
Charles Dambudzo Marechera (PenSlinger of Truth in Zimbabwe)
Ambuya Nehanda (medium spirit of Chimurenga (war of liberation) in Zimbabwe)
Ruth First (South African fighter for civil rights)
Winnie Madikizela Mandela (Fighter for political and economic rights in South Africa)
Itai Dzamara ( fighter for human rights and freedom of expression in Zimbabwe)
Freedom Nyamubaya( gunslinger during war of liberation ,poet against dictatorship regime in Zimbabwe)



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1. Post the poem on miombopublishing Facebook page
2. Or email
3. Do not send attachments , send your poem in the body of mail , include your 5 line short profile
4. For any question please contact the Curator at
5. Send well edited or complete pieces for consideration
6. Three best poems will get prizes and their profiles will be featured in a broader E-zine.
7. Read our previous journals at, so that you get more clues of our style.
8. Submission deadline is the 5th of October 2019.


After submissions – A selection team will select a long list of 15 poems
The long list will be made public by the curator
A selected will prune the long list to the shortlist of 10 poems
3 of the short listed poets and their poems are to win prizes and are announced early December 2019
All 10 shortlisted poems will be published in the Brave Voices Poetry Journal, their profiles will be featured in the first new look Brave Voices Poetry Journal
The Freedom Voices Prize will be opened every September of every year and winners announced every December of every year

Selection Team and judges remain anonymous and are to be unveiled at every completion of every stage
For more information email at



  1. The poem must be in line with themes (human rights, freedom heroes/heroines, Advocates of social and political justice, peace and the quest for freedom).
  2. The submission must be a poem not a slogan  or a rabbit
  3. Word economic , dexterity of language and presentation prowess
  4. Originality and creativity



-5th October was the deadline of submission

-15th of October marks the first selection and compilation of the submission list

– 20th of October – release of the trimmed long list


-30th of October –release of the short list


5th of November –release of the final 10 and 3 winners out of 10 share money prize  of 250 USD .While all 10  winners are to be published in the new look Brave Voices  Poetry Journal and as well  as in other three international journal.




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Compiled by Mbizo Chirasha( Curator of MiomboPublishing  and Founder of BRAVE VOICES POETRY JOURNAL)


 Mbizo Chirasha is the Poet in Residence at the Fictional Café (International publishing and literary digital space). 2019 Sotambe Festival Live Literature Hub and Poetry Café Curator. 2019 African Fellow for the International Human Rights Art Festival( , Essays Contributor to Monk Art and Soul Magazine in United Kingdom .Arts Features Writer at the International Cultural Weekly › poetivism-new-art-resistance-zimbabwe)

Founder and Chief Editor of WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS (. Founder and Curator of the Brave Voices Poetry Journal. Poetry Contributor to in Belgium. African Contributor to DemerPress International Poetry Book Series in Netherlands. African Contributor to the World Poetry Almanac Poetry Series in Mongolia. His latest 2019 collection of experimental poetry A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT by Mwanaka Media and Publishing and is both in print, on and at is featured at African Books Collective. Mbizo Chirasha is the Originator of the Zimbabwe We Want Poetry Campaign. Founder and Creative Director of Girl Child Talent Festival and GirlChildCreativity Project. 2003 Young Literary Arts Delegate to the Goteborg International Book Fair Sweden (SIDA AFRICAN PAVILION) .2009 Poet in Residence of the International Conference of African Culture and Development (ICACD) in Ghana. 2009 Fellow to the inaugural UNESCO- Africa Photo- Novel Publishers and Writers Training in Tanzania. 2015 Artist in Residence of the Shunguna Mutitima International Film and Arts Festival in Livingstone, Zambia. A globally certified literary arts influencer, Writer in Residence and Recipient of the EU-Horn of Africa Defend Defenders Protection Fund Grant, Recipient of the Pen Deutschland Exiled Writer Grant. He is an Arts for Peace and Human Rights Catalyst, the Literary Arts Projects Curator, Poet, Writer, publicist is published in more 200 spaces in print and online.


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