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To mark the 2017 World HIV/AIDS Day on December 1, Vanguard Literary Services, a bookselling company in Nigeria, has called for entries for an anthology of “contemporary short stories and poems that explore HIV/AIDS and sex education,” to be published on that day. It would be made available for free downloads.

This anthology is open to writers worldwide and will be edited by the Nigerian writer Nonso Anyanwu, who runs the firm. In an email to Brittle Paper, Anyanwu stated that “the aim of this project is to increase awareness on HIV/AIDS and to help orientate those young boys and girls who are lost in the complications of their sexual organs.”

This is not the first time Anyanwu would be curating a project like this. In February of this year, we published Love Stories from Africa, a collection of brief stories by writers across Africa, with an introduction by Helon Habila. In February 2016, we published Gossamer: Valentine Stories, 2016, another anthology of love stories, by Nigerians. Both were edited by him.

Here are things to note.

  • Word limit: 2,500
  • Formatting: 12 point, Times New Roman, single line spacing, with author’s name written below the title.
  • Submit as a Word attachment in word format to vanguardliteraryservices@yahoo.com
  • Deadline: 25 October, 2017
  • Successful entrants will be notified by 30th October, 2017.

 

NOTE: Brittle Paper has no stake in this project or in its promotion. All questions should be directed to the email included in the announcement.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor 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. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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