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Announcing the Brittle Paper Literary Awards: The Shortlists

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August 1, 2017 was Brittle Paper‘s seventh anniversary. In celebration of this milestone, we are launching the Brittle Paper Literary Awards, to recognize the finest, original pieces of African writing published online. The awards come in five categories: Fiction, Poetry, Nonfiction, Essays/Think Pieces, and the Anniversary Award for works published on our blog. The winners in the fiction, […]

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#AfricaWrites17 | Poetry Readings, Book Launches, Workshops | See the Full Lineup of Events

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The 2017 Africa Writes Festival program has been released. As we expected, the lineup is stacked with exciting events and lots of high-profile appearances. Here are a few highlights: The festival kicks off on Friday June 30th with a Rhythm and Poetry (R.A.P.) party, an evening event featuring poetry and music. Alain Mabanckou is headlining the festival, […]

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Congrats to the Winners of the 2016 Miles Morland Scholarship

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Weeks ago, we did a piece on the 2016 Miles Morland Scholarship shortlist. The winners have now been announced and, out of the shortlisted twenty-two, four scholars were successful: Abdul Adan of Somalia who made the 2016 Caine Prize shortlist; Lidudumalingani Mqobothi of South Africa who won the 2016 Caine Prize; Nneoma Ike-Njoku of Nigeria who […]

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“I am Liberian, Not a virus” | Hawa Jande Golakai’s Granta Essay is a Dazzling Read

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Hawa Jande Golakai takes the art of essay writing to a whole new level in her resent feature on Granta. The essay is titled “Fugee” and chronicles her experience of the Ebola crisis. “Fugee” is originally part of an anthology titled Safe House, a mixed-genre non-fiction collection by African writers. The collection is edited by […]

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Exclusive Extract from Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s Season of Crimson Blossoms

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Abubakar Adam Ibrahim’s debut novel, Season of Crimson Blossoms, comes out November 10. Two publishing powerhouses—Parresia and Cassava Republic—are coming together to publish the novel in Nigeria and the UK, respectively. Set in a conservative Hausa society, Season of Crimson Blossoms tells the story of a 55 year old widow who has an illicit affair with […]

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Don’t Miss This Chance to Submit to Granta Magazine

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Looks like Granta Magazine is suspending their no-unsolicited-submission rule. But we don’t know if it’s for a limited time only. So if you’d like to get your fiction, non-fiction, poetry or essay published in an upscale literary journal, you have between now and April 1 to put something together. It might help to know that African writers […]

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Literary Celebrities, Cocktails, and Music — Get The Scoop on The Etisalat Prize Award Ceremony

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The first edition of the Etisalat Prize for Literature is nearing its grand finale. The winner of the 15, 000-pound prize will be announced on the 23rd of this month. The event is scheduled to take place at The Marquee, Federal Palace Hotel & Suites in Victoria Island, Lagos. The dress code is black tie/traditional. A […]

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PHOTOS: Celebrating African Fiction! Bibi Bakare, Billy Kahora, Igoni Barrett at the Lauch of The Etisalat Prize for Literature

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It’s been a great couple of weeks for African fiction. I would have been quite content with Teju Cole winning the International Literary Prize and Lauren Beukes getting the big Hollywood break. But two days ago, the Etisalat Prize for Literature was launched at The Wheatbaker in Lagos to much excitement in the African literary […]

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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The Brittle Paper Literary Awards: New Date for the Announcement of Winners

The announcement of the winners of the inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards was scheduled for 23 September 2017. However, a change […]

The Reviews Are In! | Namwali Serpell Has High Praise for Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu

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Jennifer Makumbi’s Kintu is one of the hit novels of 2017. A historical drama, it tells the story of an 18th […]

New Website Collects Everything Binyavanga Wainaina Has Written Since the Late 1990s

A new Website has collected everything published by Binyavanga Wainaina since his writing career began in the late 1990s. The […]

Opportunity for All Writers | Submit to Vanguard Literary Services’ HIV/AIDS Awareness Anthology

To mark the 2017 World HIV/AIDS Day on December 1, Vanguard Literary Services, a bookselling company in Nigeria, has called […]

The Graywolf Press Africa Prize Launches with Igoni A. Barrett as Judge

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A new award just dropped: the Graywolf Press Africa Prize, for “a first novel manuscript by an African author primarily residing […]

Nnedi Okorafor Celebrates Everyday African Life in New Superhero Comic

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A little over two years ago, South African Sci-fi writer Lauren Beukes collaborated with D. C. Comics on a Wonder […]