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The interview magazine, Africa in Dialogue, has made a call for submissions for its first issue, which will be guest-edited by the novelist and Saraba co-founder Immanuel Iduma. The interviews could be with “poets, spoken words artists, short story writers, novelists, journalists, screenwriters, filmmakers, bloggers, songwriters, music composers, painters, visual artists, comic writers, illustrators and photographers.”

Founded in 2016 by the Motswana activist and poet, Gaamangwe Joy Mogami, whose poetry we have published, Africa in Dialogue has swiftly established itself as a go-to site for interviews with African creatives. The magazine has become an indispensable archive of creative and critical insight, and has interviewed all the 2017 finalists for the Brunel Prize, the Gerald Kraak Award, and the Caine Prize. The interviews for each prize are collected in standalone e-books. In the past few weeks, we have republished some of the interviews.

The deadline for submissions is 31 August, 2017.

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Read the announcement below.

With this First Issue, we aim to create a vibrant flow of dialogues between Africans living in all parts of Africa and the Diaspora. We hope that Africans can engage in dialogues about their stories, countries, cultures, narratives, philosophies and idiosyncrasies that matter to them.

We encourage prospective contributors to base the dialogues on a piece of work that the storyteller has created or is creating. We also strongly encourage that interviewers try to engage in dialogues with interviewees from a country different from their own country of origin. The aim is to get Africans talking with each other!

Submission for the First Issue will be accepted from July 15 2017 until August 31st 2017. We aim to publish the First Issue on September 30, 2017, in commemoration of the one year anniversary of Africa in Dialogue.

  1. We will accept original and unpublished interviews no longer than 5000 words in length.
  2. All interviews should be a titled in a manner that reflects the essence of the interview. The title should be formatted as follows: “Title of Interview: A Dialogue With Full Name of Interviewee.” E.g “The First Issue: A Dialogue With Gaamangwe Joy Mogami.”
  3. We accept no more than one interview at a time.
  4. Interviews must be submitted in English. We welcome interviews that have been translated, in which case, both the translator and original interviewer can submit the interview as a single submission.
  5. Interviews must be submitted via email to admin@africaindialogue.com.
  6. The subject line must read “First Issue Submission: (Your Full Name). e.g First Issue Submission: Gaamangwe Joy Mogami.
  7. All submission should be sent in a Word document (doc, docx) in a single file attachment. Make sure you do not  paste your submissions on the body of the email.
  8. Interviewers should submit the bio of the interviewee that is not more than 200 words in the same Word document.
  9. The Interviewer must also submit their own bio not more than 100 words in a separate Microsoft word attachment.
  10. All submissions should include high resolution images of both the interviewee, interviewer, and translator in cases of translated interviews.
  11. Interviews must not have been published in any form or any format.
  12. We accept simultaneous submission, but request that we are notified when the submission is accepted for publication elsewhere.
  13. We wish that we could provide honoraria for your work, but unfortunately we are not yet able to pay for your work.
  14. By submitting the interviewer grants Africa in Dialogue exclusive rights to the original work for 90 days, and thereafter agrees to notify any republication, and attributes Africa in Dialogue as first publisher.
  15. All entries will be replied to by September 15th.

This is a major project we are looking forward to.

Find out more HERE.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, academic, and Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review ("Mulumba," 2016), Transition ("A Tenderer Blessing," 2015), and in an anthology of the Gerald Kraak Award ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017), for which he was shortlisted. His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. His conversations appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. Born in Aba, he combined history and literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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