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Where are our women writers in the house? Here is a golden chance for you. Contributing to the celebration and empowerment of female writers on the continent, FEMRITE has officially announced the call for submissions for its 7th Regional Residency for African Women Writers. This edition will be supported by Karavan, a top literary magazine based in Sweden.

This residency, which is to last for ten days, will take place in Kampala, Uganda in February 2018. It will involve a peer review of manuscripts, participation in public reading, feedback from mentors, collaboration with selected schools on writing and reading projects, and a host of other activities.

It is indeed one filled with luxuries: the return tickets, accommodation and feeding will be covered by the organisers for the duration of the residency.

It is open to every African female writer who resides on the continent, writes in the English language, has not published more than one book, and is currently working on a memoir or novel manuscript.

The deadline is 15 July 2017.

Below are the full guidelines:

What you need to submit:

  • An extract from a novel or memoir manuscript that you would like to re-work during the residency (Maximum 5000 words)

  • A short story for publication in the residency anthology (minimum 3000 words)

  • Biography (150 words or less)

  • A passport-size photo

Send the documents as Microsoft Word attachments. (Use Times New Roman, size 12, 1.5 spacing.)

Do not include illustrations.

FEMRITE will notify successful applicants by 30th August 2017.

We urge all eligible writers to consider this rare opportunity.

For more information, visit the organisers’ official site.


Please Note: Brittle Paper is neither responsible for this initiative nor do we have a stake in its popularity.

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  1. DON MTHOBELA 2017/05/15 at 08:34 #

    People who are knowledgeable about writing do write in that knowing rather than hateful ways. the heart coming around the corner and unexpected running into the minds of all the words that have stuck to the ribs of my soul. writing has been the most feeling

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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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