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When he’s not writing or making panel decisions or googling Rihanna, Otosirieze Obi-Young runs a personal blog on his website, where he occasionally puts up posts of movie reviews or reposts short stories or writing life advice. Recently, he posted a list of literary agencies, most of which are open to submissions from African writers. Drawing from his own experience in getting an agent, he goes as far as providing the list of African writers represented by the agencies.

The relevance of literary agencies for writers seeking to be published is not up for debate, and in a situation where access to information is determined by some sort of connection, many young writers could potentially be left shortchanged and misguided.

Obi-Young’s list includes Nicole Aragi of Aragi Inc. who represents Nuruddin Farah and Nadifa Mohamed, Wendy Goldman Rohm of Rohm Literary Agency who represents Taiye Selasi, and Jessica Craig of Pontas Agency who represents Fiston Mwanza Mujila and Chigozie Obioma.

Check out the full list here and start querying.

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Chukwuebuka Ibeh is a Staff Writer at Brittle Paper. An alumnus of the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, his work has been published in McSweeneys, Clarion Review, Charles River Journal and elsewhere. He was longlisted for the Awele Creative Trust Award in 2017 and was a finalist for the 2019 Gerald Kraak Award. In 2019, he was named by Electric Literature as 'One of the Most Promising New Voices of Nigerian Fiction' in a feature introduced by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. He is a regular contributor with the New England Review of Books and lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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