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The shortlist for the 2018 Caine Prize for African Writing has been announced! The Prize is awarded annually for African Creative Writing and was awarded last year to Sudanese writer, Bushra al-Fadil. The five-writer shortlist was unveiled by this year’s Chair of judges, award-winning Ethiopian-American author, Dinaw Mengestu. The Prize is awarded for a short story by an African writer published in English (3,000 to 10,000 words).
The shortlist for the 2018 Caine Prize showcases a diversity of themes and a wealth of literary talent. It consists of three Nigerians, one Kenyan and one South African and they are:

Nonyelum Ekwempu (Nigeria) for ‘American Dream’, published in Red Rock Review (2016) and republished in The Anthem (2016). Read ‘American Dream’

Stacy Hardy (South Africa) for ‘Involution’, published in Migrations: New Short Fiction from Africa, co-published by Short Story Day Africa and New Internationalist (2017). Read ‘Involution’

Olufunke Ogundimu (Nigeria) for ‘The Armed Letter Writers’, published in The New Orleans Review (The African Literary Hustle, 2017).Read ‘The Armed Letter Writers’

Makena Onjerika (Kenya) for ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’, published in Wasafiri(2017). Read ‘Fanta Blackcurrant’

Wole Talabi (Nigeria) for ‘Wednesday’s Story’, published in Lightspeed Magazine (2016). Read ‘Wednesday’s Story’
Joining Dinaw Mengestu on the 2018 judging panel are:
• Henrietta Rose-Innes, South African author and winner of the 2008 Caine Prize
• Lola Shoneyin, award-winning author and Director of the Ake Arts and Books Festival and
• Ahmed Rajab, a Zanzibar-born international journalist, political analyst and essayist.
The prize awards £10,000 and the winner will be announced at an award ceremony and dinner in the Beveridge Hall at Senate House, SOAS, on Monday 2 July 2018 – in partnership with the Centre for African Studies. Each shortlisted writer will also receive £500.
The shortlisted stories will be published in June in New Internationalist’s 2018 Caine Prize anthology, Redemption Song, and through co-publishers in 16 African countries who receive a print-ready PDF with no charge.
We congratulate all the shortlisted writers!

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The Baltic Writing Residency has announced the establishment of the Stormé DeLarverie writing residency, aimed specifically at under-represented writers.

Benefits include:
Resident will spend 6-7 days in a Victorian apartment in historic Old Louisville, or off of the Blue Ridge Parkway in idyllic Boone, NC (1.5 hrs from Asheville; 1 hr from Winston-Salem). The date of the residency will be decided through discussion with the winning writer, as will the choice of KY or NC. One writer will be chosen yearly. Applications are accepted by any author of poetry, plays, screenplays, fiction or creative nonfiction writing in English, regardless of their home nnatio-translations are also admissible.
Comfortable accommodations at include Wi-Fi, furnished living room, bedroom, kitchen, central air and heat would also be provided.
An honorarium of $500 will accompany the residency. The writer will need to provide their own transportation.
Judges:
Applications would be read by an anonymous committee of judges composed of one member of the English Department of Harvard University, one poet of recognized standing, and one fiction writer of recognized standing.
SUBMISSION PROCESS
• The application fee is $15.00, and applicants should identify as member of an underrepresented group (writers of color, both American and international, including Native peoples, as well as, disabled people, and those who identify as LGBTQ+).
• For the Writer in Residence all of the below should be included in a Single WORD or PDF document submitted through Submittable, with a deadline of June 15.
• Please include a unique name for your submission (i.e. something other than ” Stormé DeLarverie Residency,” or “Baltic Application,” etc.).
• Writer’s bio, 10 pages of poetry or 20 pages of prose, A general CV, an abbreviated list of book and/or journal publications, and your full contact information, and contact Information for two references should also be included.
• Do not include any additional material (cover letter, reference letters, books, etc.).
Deadline: July 15, 2018
Please note that former students, as well as, friends and family of the staff of the Baltic Writing Residency are ineligible to apply.
For further enquiries, you may send an email to balticresidency@gmail.com

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Are you a Writer or a Copy Editor?

Do you need a full-time job and are you based in Lagos?

If yes, send your resume alongside a sample of your writing to writerhire@gmail.com

Good luck!

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The Stellar Community, a member of The Ivan Ezeigbo Foundation (IEZEF), has launched an international awards program-The Stellar Prize. The Stellar Prize is a prestigious award for outstanding youths (between the ages of 14 and 45) who have shown exceptional talent or skill in any written work. The Stellar Prize is one of the projects of The Stellar Community, with the mission of empowering young talents in Africa, as well as all over the world. This year, The Stellar Prize has specific focus on poetry and short stories. The award is usually in the form of prize money, and certificates. In addition to this, the expenses to attend the award ceremony, for the 1st Stellar Prize, is covered by The Stellar Community. The award ceremony, held annually is held in a different country each year and for this year, it would be held in Cape Verde.
Who Is eligible?
• You have to meet the age requirement for whichever category you are applying for.
• Any nationality or professional background can participate but must apply under the appropriate category.
• Entries must be unpublished poems or short stories.
• Poems cannot be more than 45 lines in length, and short stories cannot be more than 2000 words.
• All poems written in another language must carry an English translation. An exception to limit on number of lines are allowed for this case.
• All poems are submitted online through our official websitewww.stellarprize.iezef.org. Only submissions done through this official website are accepted.
• Former winners of The Stellar Youth Award are not eligible to compete
Note that there is a submission fee of $5 (approx. 1,800 naira) for the first entry and $3 (approx. 1,000 naira) for subsequent entries for The First Bid. Multiple submissions and entries are allowed.
We wish interested applicants good luck!

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Hinnom Magazine seeks authors who have unique voices, interesting writing styles, and unparalleled storytelling talents. They are looking for stories that fit the themes of Weird Fiction and Cosmic Horror. Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy are all welcomed, as long as they fit in the realms of Weird and Cosmic. All stories must also be speculative in some way. Thus, all horror, science fiction and fantasy must be otherworldly or supernatural in some way. A combination of these genres is also greatly encouraged. Each magazine issue would be released bi-monthly, on the last day of every other month. It is advisable to read previous publications to get an idea of the themes they favour.
RIGHTS SOUGHT FOR FICTION:
• Copyright remains with the author at all times
• First world electronic and print rights in English with exclusivity for 6 months from the date of publication
• If selected and approved to be republished in an anthology in the future, the author whose piece is submitted will be paid $45.
RIGHTS SOUGHT FOR DIGITAL ART:
• Non-exclusive electronic, print, and reprint rights
• Ability to use the art for promotional and advertising purposes
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
All fiction must be submitted in proper manuscript format. If you have any doubts regarding what this is, click on this link.
PAYMENT:
• Payment for artwork is between $75-$150 depending on the project.
• Payment for flash fiction (250- 3000 words) is $30 per story accepted.
• Payment for short stories (3001 to 5000 words) is $55 per story accepted.
• Payments would be made through PayPal on the day of publication.
In addition, contributors would also receive complementary copies of the publication in which they appear.
Note that all submissions must not have been previously published anywhere else.
HOW TO SUBMIT:
• Send all submissions and inquiries to gehennapublishinghouse (at) gmail (dot) com.
• Manuscript must be properly formatted and edited before anything else. See format guidelines here.
• Title email as follows: Hinnom(Abbreviated Month of Reading Period Submitted)/(Title of Story)/(Name) Example: HinnomJan/Grau/Screamer.
• Attach properly formatted manuscript to email as either a DOC, DOCX, or RTF file. No others are accepted. Do not include story in body of email. This will be grounds for automatic rejection.
• Include in the body of your email, or as a cover letter to your manuscript, a short bio including any publication history, awards, social media links, etc.
• Artists, please send all artwork to us as either a JPEG or PNG.
Note that if your work has been accepted by the magazine before, you would have to wait two issues before submitting again.
READING PERIODS:
• January 1st-15th
• March 1st-15th
• May 1st-15th
• July 1st-15th
• September 1st-15th
• November 1st-15th
PUBLICATION DATES:
• February 28th
• April 30th
• June 30th
• August 31st
• October 31st
• December 31st
Please submit stories during first fifteen days of the months selected as reading periods. Stories received after this will not be read – this rule does not apply to artists as they could submit year round.

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Dwarts, a magazine of African and Mainstream Literature calls for your submissions. They are committed to publishing fresh, never before heard voices. They are looking for pieces that are unique, compelling and poignant that touch on great themes that tear and make up the human being. Riveting pieces that challenge barriers and break stereotypes. They are currently accepting submissions under the following categories:
POETRY: Dwarts accepts not more than two poems from a single poet for this issue. Each poem must not be longer than 40 lines. If more than one, the poems must be contained in a single document.
FICTION: Submissions in this category must not exceed 2,500 words long. Every submission must be compelling and engaging.
NON-FICTION: Submissions in this category should be creative and, at the same time, informative. Each submission must not be more than 2,000 words.
ART & PHOTOGRAPHY: Dwarts accepts a minimum of two and a maximum of four artworks or creative photographs that clearly depict the theme. Submissions in this category must be made as PDF files or JPEG.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR WORK:

  • Send your works to dwartsonline@gmail.com
  • All submissions must not have been previously published anywhere else.
  • Every submission must be accompanied by the writer’s/artist’s/photographer’s short bio and a picture. This should be in the same document as the piece.
  • Please write the category you are submitting to in the Subject line of the email.

Publication timetable is as follows:

  •  Issue #6 Reading- April 1 – June 1, 2018
  • Issue #7 Reading –September 1- November 1, 2018
  •  Issue #8 Reading –January 1- March 1, 2019
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Apply for The Bristol Short Story Prize. Send in your stories and do away with the self-doubt already. The competition is open to all writers around the world – published or unpublished, wherever you may be resident. The panel of judges will be chaired by literary agent, Kate Johnson.
Kate is joined on the panel by editor, Lucy Cowie and writers Rossi Fernando and Polly Ho-Yen. The best twenty stories will be shortlisted and published in Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology Volume 11.
The winner and 2 runners-up will be selected from the shortlist and announced at an awards ceremony. The ceremony will be held in Bristol Central Library on October 13th 2018.

Prizes:
1st prize is £1,000.
2nd prize is £700
3rd prize is £400 and 17 further prizes of £100 will be presented to the remaining shortlisted writers. All shortlisted writers will also receive two free copies of the anthology. Prizes will be sent to any writer on the shortlist who is unable to attend the awards ceremony.

Deadline:
May 1st 2018 by midnight (BST)

Please click here for more details and rules on the 2018 Bristol Short Story Prize.

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The U.S. Mission Nigeria invites Nigerians to compete in its NaijaGems Photography contest to raise awareness of Nigeria’s natural beauty. Ambassador W. Stuart Symington who has visited all 36 states in Nigeria and initiated the competition said, “There are all across this country (Nigeria) places of spectacular beauty, including some of the rarest and most beautiful flora, flowers and fauna, rock structures, rivers, waterfalls, and historic structures, things created by God and things created by man from one end of this country to the other.” We want you to take a picture of one of those Nigerian gems – things or places that cause every Nigerian and every other person in the world who sees it to go “WOW.”
There is much to be admired and celebrated in Nigeria. They are giving Nigerians an opportunity to tell their positive stories in pictures.

The contest is open to all adult Nigerians. They are looking for originality and creativity, compelling photography skills, and a Wow effect – within a picture displaying natural beauty of a meaningful location or object in Nigeria.
Deadline:
Photos must be submitted by May 4, 2018, 11:59PM.

Prize: 
The contest winner will take home a Canon EOS 5D mark iv, the second and third place winners will also receive high-quality Canon cameras and top photos from the 36 states and the FCT will win consolation prizes.
The best photos will be featured in a NaijaGems photo exhibition in Abuja.

The results will be announced on the Embassy website and on social media and the winners will be invited to the embassy to receive their prizes.

Click here for more details of the contest rules.
Goodluck people!

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So you probably have unpublished translated works, and you’re looking for a platform to publish them. Well, look no further! Asymptote Journal is just the right fit for you if you have unpublished translated:
– Fiction
– Poetry
– Non-Fiction
– Drama
– Certain types of original English Language nonfiction, including literary and critical writing
– Visual art (including illustrators and photographers).
They also have a special feature called ‘Writers on Writers (WoW) which might just interest you.

What Is The Writers On Writers Feature (WoW) ?
As in all their other issues, Asymptote Journal welcomes essays (written passionately, playfully, and/or critically) about relatively unknown, deserving writers, whose works have not been granted the same critical or creative attention due to restrictions of language (e.g. lack of translations into a wider-reaching, dominant language) or history (e.g. postcolonial nations with limited literary attention, publishing options, or freedoms of expression). A WoW essay should be able to make readers—who previously had little knowledge of the author—excited to seek out new work.
If interested in this, you might want to turn in your submission as soon as possible. And your submission should not exceed more than 2,500 words.

 
For more information about the submission guidelines, please click here.

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Written by Izunna Okafor

The late erudite Nigerian writer and quintessential literati – Prof. Chinua Achebe has been described as a man of intergrity and a well-respected man of great repute.
The first son of the legend, Chief Ike Achebe made this known in Awka while discussing with a team of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (Anambra State Chapter) who paid him a courtesy visit in his office located inside the Nnamdi Azikiwe University.
Chief Achebe, who narrated with historical instances, the axiomatic styles of life lived by his late father, also divulged the pretty fact that those lifestyles, the tenets he pursued and the vestiges he left behind made him stand out in the international community and to remain worthy of celebration, even after his exit from the realm of the earth.
Earlier in his speech, the Coordinator of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (Anambra State Chapter) Izunna Okafor revealed that the aim of the visit was to discuss with the son of the literary legend, the journey so far of the organisation’s initiative and annual programme aimed at celebrating the life, works and leviathan legacies of the late champion who died on the 21st March 2013.
He narrated how the idea came to him, owing to the fact that since the demise of literary crackerjack in 2013, that nothing had been done to celebrate him, as everybody had now forgotten about him, thereby necessitating such a great concept.
He stated that the annual literary event started and has been running since November 16th 2016 in memory and honour of the late icon, and is being sponsored through voluntary financial supports from members of the forum (SYNW) in the state. Responding to the well-structured tranche by tranche epos of the event, and gargantuan level of achievements so far recorded as narrated by Izunna; Chief Ike Achebe registered his heartfelt joy that knew no bound, hearing the wonders of the event, and seeing some copies of magazines/essay and poetry anthologies produced for event in 2016 and 2017 editions.
He showered panegyrics on the young writers for embarking on such a great initiative and making great things out of it, and also charged them to sustain the tempo, even as advised he them not to rely or hope on any immediate benefits from the event, nor be lured away by some people who may come later to deceptively disrepute the event and damage the integrity behind it.


He also avowed his readiness and openness to assist the organisation in any way he could, anytime they call upon him, even as he promised to partake actively in this year’s edition of the event coming up as usual on November 16th, which is Achebe’s date of birth.
In their votes of thanks, the state deputy coordinator of the SYNW Mr. Chuks Njoku, and the state Secretary General of the group, Miss Ezinne Anaekwe expressed their gratitudes to Chief Achebe for welcoming, advising them and creatively rubbing mind together with them for such an extensive time, irrespective of his very tight and busy schedule.

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