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 Short Story Day Africa (SSDA) is one of our go-to places for African writing. We love and are proud of the wonderful work they do to nurture and promote African writing. Every year, SSDA provides up-and-coming African writers with much needed mentorship, training, and opportunities to get their work published. Impressive, right?

Well, they need 3000 dollars for the completion of an anthology, and we would really love for those of you who can to support. Nothing is too small!

All the information on how to donate is available at their crowd-funding page: HERE

Short Story Day Africa (SSDA) was formed to allow African writers to flourish. We need your help to publish our 4th anthology of African writing.

The Short Story Day Africa Prize is only in its fourth year, but has already launched or boosted the careers of dozens of writers from all over the African continent and diaspora.

More than just a creative writing competition, the prize serves as a workshop in short story writing and give a great opportunity to writers who may not ordinarily have the chance. It even teaches the established writers a new thing or two. Through the annual prize, we identify up to twenty-one promising writers from the continent and, over a period of three months, develop their stories with professional editors. The editors work closely with the writers to hone voice and technique, while imparting years of industry wisdom and teaching the all-important craft of storytelling. The editing process becomes a private masterclass, a privilege usually reserved for those with the resources to participate in university creative writing programs. The process is transformative, both to the story, the writer and wider African literary culture.

Here is what they need you to help with:

We have already raised the funds to pay the team that runs the project through out the year. We now need additional funds to produce the Migrations anthology.

We need an additional $3000 to edit, publish and print Migrations.

Plus: The editing mentorship is a paid one and though we have a sponsor supplying some of the funding, we need a little extra to pay our four interns and the professional editor who will be mentoring them.

You get to support new and established writers and Africans write themselves into history.

You get to sponsor or buy a year’s mentorship for two writers.

You get to pre-buy Migrations before it flies off the shelves. Or buy a  slick limited edition box set of all four of our anthologies – Migrations, Water, Terra Incognita and Feast, Famine & Potluck.

 

 

 

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Images via SSDA’s Facebook page.

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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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