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AFREADA magazine is putting together a Valentine/love-themed anthology. Founded by its editor Nancy Adimora, who contributed to our Christmas books-to-read feature, AFREADA is dedicated to publishing works by African writers as well as curating anthologies such as this. The winner, who will be announced on 14 February, will receive £100, and selected stories will make the anthology, which will be made available for downloads on the same day.

Here is the call for entries:

Whilst February 14th means nothing to a large number of people in different communities across the world, if you’re reading this, you’ll probably know that it usually marks the day of chocolates, flowers and candle lit dinners. Valentine’s Day is around the corner and, this year, we’ve decided to mark it with a short story collection themed around one of the most powerful forces in the world: LOVE.

For the next couple of weeks, we’re inviting writers to spend some time playing Cupid. Pick up a pen (and by this we mean open up a blank Word Doc) and shoot a few fictional characters with love arrows for the chance to win £100!

You have (almost) total creative freedom. Your characters can be married for 25 years, or they can be total strangers – they can be madly in love, or in the process of falling out of love –  whatever the case, there’s only one condition: THE STORY MUST BE SET ON VALENTINE’S DAY! 

Apart from that, there are no rules (OK, that’s a lie, please see submission guidelines below), there are no limits, go wherever your imagination takes you.

The winner will be announced on, you guessed it, Wednesday, February 14th, and the shortlisted stories will be featured in a free eBook that will be available to download on the same day.

Good luck and we look forward to reading your work!

Submission Guidelines:

  • All entries must be emailed to editor@afreada.com as Microsoft Word attachments.
  • Please put “AFREADA Valentine’s Day Competition – Your Full Name” in the subject line.
  • Entries must be no more than 1000 words.
  • In the body of the email, please include your contact details, country of origin, social media handles and a short bio (100 words max).
  • Deadline: Wednesday, 31st January 2018. 23.59 GMT.
  • Further enquiries should be sent to editor@afreada.com

AFREADA‘s most recent anthology is the beautiful On Such Days and Other Stories, themed around a photograph of a girl carrying a tray of oranges.

Do enter for this one.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he is a judge for The Gerald Kraak Prize and was a judge for The Morland Writing Scholarship in 2019. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

One Response to “Opportunity for African Writers | Submit to AFREADA’s Valentine’s Day Contest and Anthology” Subscribe

  1. Mar January 16, 2018 at 11:23 am #

    Thank you for sharing :-). I will spread the word.

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