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REPORT | Inside Nigerian Literature’s Sponsorship Problem and the Worsening Struggle Between Prizes and Defaulting Funders

AT THE START OF THE 2010s, a community of Nigerian poets had formed on Facebook, sharing links to poems, offering free critiques. Young and promising, they were in search of opportunities. In 2015, one of them, Samson Iruesiri Kukogho, registered Words, Rhymes & Rhythm, a publishing company operating from Ibadan, Lagos, and Abuja, meant to […]

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#QueerYourAfricanRead | Be Part of Our Campaign to Highlight African Literature on Queerness

To mark our seventh anniversary in 2017, Brittle Paper hosted a conversation on its Facebook page. Themed “Un-Silencing Queer Nigeria: The Language of Emotional Truth,” it featured 14 editor-in-chief and Caine Prize 2017 finalist Arinze Ifeakandu, Brunel Prize 2017 winner Romeo Oriogun, Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2017 finalist Kelechi Njoku, and 14 editor Laura Ahmed, […]

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Brittle Paper at the 2019 Lambda Festival: Our 5 Panelists for Sept. 27

As revealed earlier this month, Brittle Paper will be at the 2019 Lambda Literary Festival in Los Angeles, on Friday, September 27. We will be featured in an event focused both on our curatorial work in African literature and on the work of queer writers and the evolution of representations of queerness in Nigerian literature. This year’s […]

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The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards Are Open for Nominations

The 2019 Brittle Paper Awards are open for nominations. Currently in its third year, the Awards were established to mark our seventh anniversary in 2017. They are our way of highlighting the best pieces of online literary writing by Africans: an avenue to showcase the range of thinking, stylistic innovation, and exploration of subjects happening […]

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African Literary Digest: 101 Notable Pieces of 2018

It was inevitable: compiling a list as monstrous as this would consume time, cause a delay. But here we are. 2018 came with its own firsts and highs. A new major publishing house came on board: The Indigo Press, founded by the distinguished Zimbabwean editor and critic Ellah Allfrey. A new major magazine: Kabaka, dedicated to publishing queer-centered […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Awards: The Winners

The Brittle Paper Awards is our way of recognizing the finest, original pieces of literature by Africans available online for free. We began it in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary. The $1,100 cash prize is spread across five categories which reflect our efforts to capture the range and variations of literary dialogue on the continent: the Brittle Paper Award […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Anniversary Award: Meet the 8 Finalists

The shortlists for the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in October. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards aim to recognize the finest, original pieces of writing by Africans published online. The $1,100 prize is split across five categories: the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Poetry ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction: Meet the 8 Finalists

The shortlists for the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards were announced in October. Begun in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary, the Awards aim to recognize the finest, original pieces of writing by Africans published online. The $1,100 prize is split across five categories: the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Poetry ($200), the Brittle Paper Award for Creative Nonfiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award […]

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Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans Longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize

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Moroccan-American novelist Laila Lalami’s The Other Americans has recently been longlisted for the 2020 Aspen Words Literary Prize. Described on the Aspen Prize’s […]

Apply for SBMEN’s Workshop “Literary Criticism: Judging Dynamic Creative Writing in All Forms”| 23 November

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The Society for Book and Magazine Editors of Nigeria (SBMEN) is calling for applications to its fourth (and last) editing […]

They Say There are Over 50 Translations of Things Fall Apart. Here are 61.

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How many times have you heard or read that Things Fall Apart has been translated into over 50 languages? And yet, […]

Vol. II of 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, Guest-edited by Yasmyn Belkhyr & Kayo Chingonyi, Now Available Here

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In November 2018, we published the debut volume of the 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry series. The first […]

Oyinkan Braithwaite Wins the 2019 Anthony Award for Best First Novel

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Nigerian author Oyinkan Braithwaite has won the 2019 Anthony Award for her debut novel My Sister, the Serial Killer. Braithwaite […]

Winners of the 2019 Nommo Awards

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On October 25, the African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) announced the winners of the 2019 Nommo Awards. The award announcement […]

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