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The July 2014 issue of Asymptote.

Asymptote Journal is seeking Nigerian indigenous-language writers. Asymptote has published such names as Nobel Prize in Literature winners J.M. Coetzee and Herta Müller as well as championed undiscovered talent from 109 countries and 90 languages. For their efforts in promoting world literature, Asymptote was awarded the 2015 London Book Fair’s International Translation Initiative Award.

In a message to Brittle PaperAsymptote‘s Editor-at-Large (Nigeria), Olufunke Ogundimu, explained that “although, we ran a feature spotlighting African writers such as Chika Unigwe and Yasmina Khadra in our April 2013 issue, we still haven’t included any indigenous Nigerian language among our roster of languages.”

They are seeking translations of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, criticisms, and interviews, as well as translators who could help introduce good indigenous language authors to our English readers.

Asymptote’s Winter 2018 edition, featuring new writing from 30 countries, is out, with Ismail Kadare, Daniel Mendelsohn, and Marta Zelwan headlining their Microfiction Special Feature.

Check out Asymptote‘s Submission Guidelines.

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, an 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 for which he was shortlisted ("You Sing of a Longing," 2017). His work has further been shortlisted for the Miles Morland Writing Scholarship in 2016 and a Pushcart Prize in 2015. He attended the 2018 Miles Morland Foundation Creative Writing Workshop. 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 cities in Nigeria. The second, WORK NAIJA: THE BOOK OF VOCATIONS (June, 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. He studied History and Literature at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, is currently completing a postgraduate programme in African Studies and Pop Culture, and teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, and is working on a novel. He is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. When bored, he just Googles Rihanna.

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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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