Keep reading. Keep writing. Keep submitting.
Rejection is essential to the writer's life because it pushes you to be your best and gives you some perspective on the quality of your work. You're writing in a wonderful era for African literature, there are many places where your work will be considered. Both the African Literary Directory and Commonwealth Writer's have a constantly updated list of current opportunities. In addition, we've put together a list of publications that accept submissions of #AfricanLit short stories.
Ask any successful author and they'll tell you, what a writer needs more than anything else is sheer bloody-mindedness.
If you're new to writing, consider following us on Facebook and participating in #Inkubator events. These monthly online workshops run from the announcement of the SSDA Prize theme to the deadline, and are there encourage and support you through writing process of your SSDA Prize entry.