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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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New Orleans Review’s Latest Issue 43 Is about The African Literary Hustle

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The journal of contemporary literature and culture New Orleans Review has put together a new issue themed The African Literary Hustle, and it will be released this month. The publication, the journal’s issue 43, features 34 contributors. They include Writivism founder Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire; Hellman-Hammett Award winner Unoma Azuah; 2015 Brunel Prize winner Safia Elhillo; […]

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African Literary Digest: The 31 Best Pieces of 2016

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The year 2016 has been fertile for writing in general, and for creative non-fiction in particular. On the African literary scene, the most remarkable talking points would be the upsurge of new talent (see the shortlists of the Miles Morland Scholarship and the Gerald Kraak Award) and new outlets for those voices (see our feature […]

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Opportunity for African Writers | Entries are Open for the Brunel University African Poetry Prize

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Entries are officially opened for the Brunel University International African Poetry Prize. You can now enter your poems for a chance to win 3000 pounds. There are also publishing opportunities for shortlisted authors. The prize was established in 2012 to give African poets a wider, more global audience. It is sponsored by Brunel University and […]

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Opportunities For African Writers | Submit to Expound Magazine’s Woman Issue

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Expound Magazine is calling for submissions to its annual Special issue. This year’s theme is “The Woman Issue” and is guest-edited by Safia Elhillo and Unoma Azuah. The issue is exclusively open to African female writers and artists. Yes, the phrase “The Woman Issue” is not just a theme. It also means that the invitation […]

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Africa’s Rising Literary Stars | Sudanese Poet Safia Elhillo Breaks into the Literary Scene on Her Own Terms

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Everyone knows that the best part of participating in a literary prize is winning. So big congrats to Sudanese-American poet Safia Elhillo, who recently won the Sillerman First Book Prize for African Poets. The African Poetry Book Fund made the announcement, in collaboration with Prairie Schooner, earlier this month. Elhillo comes out the winner in a tight race with […]

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The Kingdom of Gravity | The Poem That Made Nick Makoha Africa’s Award Winning Poet

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Nick Makoha’s work is one of those rare discoveries you make with a sigh of relief, knowing that poetry is still alive and well in the contemporary African literary scene. The London-based Ugandan poet is the second winner of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize. He won alongside Safia Elhillo, whose wildly experimental poem was […]

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The Quirky African Poem We Can’t Stop Reading | Quarantine With Abdelhalim Hafez | by Safia Elhillo

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Safia Elhillo is a Sudanese poet based in Washington, DC. She is one of the two winners of the 2015 Brunel University African Poetry Prize. In just three years of being in existence, the £3000 prize has become a training ground of sorts for Africa’s poetry stars. The first winner of the prize, Warsan Shire, went on […]

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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 […]