GLF/YIL African Youth Storytelling Contest 2024

Are you a young person who can tell stories through movies, audio recordings, or other art forms?

You now have the opportunity to share your incredible experiences with the world and compete for cash rewards courtesy of The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) and the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL).

GLF/YIL African Youth Storytelling Contest 2024

The two are teaming up to stage “The Stories of Africa,” a storytelling competition for young people aimed at amplifying critical voices from across Africa.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) and the Youth in Landscapes Initiative (YIL) are now accepting submissions from African youths for its 2022 storytelling contest.

See below the requirements, prizes and how to apply for GLF/YIL African Youth Storytelling Contest.

They are looking for perspectives from Indigenous Peoples, local communities, pastoralists, women leaders, farmers, and community leaders on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Food systems and livelihoods
  • Land tenure and rights
  • Land degradation and restoration
  • Youth initiatives
  • Women’s leadership

GLF/YIL African Youth Storytelling Contest Eligibility

The contest is open to anyone between the ages of 18 and 35 who:

  • Was born in Africa and lived there;
  • Or belongs to the African diaspora but has strong ties with the continent;
  • Or works closely with Indigenous Peoples and local communities in Africa;
  • Or has a strong interest in amplifying the voices of African youth.

GLF/YIL African Youth Storytelling Contest Benefits

  • The three best stories will receive prizes of EUR 500, 300 and 200, respectively.
  • GlF will also be showcasing the best 10 to 15 stories and announcing the winner stories at the GLF Africa Digital Conference 2022 on 15 September 2022, which will be attended by thousands and reach millions via social media and the press. 

How to Enter the GLF/YIL African Youth Storytelling Contest

Address the following questions in your story:

  • Why is the topic you are presenting important and relevant to your community?
  • What are the biggest challenges to your culture or community in relation to this topic?
  • What are the opportunities for your community in relation to this topic?
  • Are you currently working on a project or initiative relevant to this topic? If so, briefly explain or show it!


  • You can submit videos of any length and format: short films, interviews, documentaries – anything you like!
  • You can also submit audio stories in the form of a podcast.
  • Poems, songs or any other forms of art may also be included in your application.
  • Include a photo of yourself and your landscape in the application. 
  • In case you want to send your video or audio in French or an Indigenous language, please also provide a transcript in English.

Remember to include the following in your story (e.g. at the beginning or end of the video or audio):  

  • Your full name;
  • Your municipality and country; 
  • The name of your community  (if applicable)

Click here to apply | Official Website

Application deadline: 14 August 2024


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RealMina wishes you success in your endeavours!

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