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Enter for the Nine Dots Prize and Win $100,000 and a Book Deal

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The Nine Dots Prize, “a prize for creative thinking that tackles contemporary societal issues,” is offering writers an opportunity to win $100,000 and a book deal with Cambridge University Press. Entrants are to respond to a question in 3,000 words. The winner will then complete a 40,000-word book on their answer. The prize aims “to […]

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The Revealing Reason Why Aminatta Forna Likes Writing Male Characters

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Last year, Somali writer and visual artist Diriye Osman, author of the Polaris Award-winning story collection Fairytales for Lost Children and the forthcoming novel We Once Belonged to the Sea, explained the concept of literary androgyny: that gender-straddling sensibility possessed by the best storytellers—women writing men, men writing women. But Aminatta Forna, from the interview […]

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Chimurenga Collective Awarded Vera List Center’s 2018-20 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice

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Leading arts & politics collective Chimurenga has been awarded the Vera List Center for Art and Politics’ 2018-20 Jane Lombard Prize for Art and Social Justice. The announcement was made at the New School, New York, where the Center is based. Named after the New York dealer Jane Lombard, the $25,000 Prize “recognizes one social justice–minded […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Awards: Announcing the Shortlists

We are delighted to announce the shortlists for the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards. 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 cash prize is split across five categories: the Brittle Paper Award for Fiction ($200), the Brittle Paper Award […]

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Afrofuturism Is Not for Africans Living in Africa, Says Mohale Mashigo in New Speculative Fiction Collection

South African novelist Mohale Mashigo, author of the UJ Prize-winning The Yearning, has some interesting opinions on Afrofuturism and its place. In the preface to her forthcoming collection of short stories, Intruders (Picador Africa, 2018), she makes a case about its relevance. “This collection would be incomplete for me if I didn’t include stories set in ‘the […]

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Tsitsi Dangarembga to Curate 2019 Berlin Festival of African Writers

Tsitsi Dangarembga has been tapped to curate the 2019 Berlin Festival of African Writers. The event, themed “Transitioning from Migration,” will be held from 4-7 April 2019. It is presented by the literary agency InterKontinental, and will be attended by writers from across the continent. The inaugural event, themed “Writing in Migration” and curated by Olumide Popoola, […]

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Tade Thompson Explains Why We Should Stop Talking About “The Rise” of African SFF

With the increased visibility of African speculative and fantasy fiction (African SFF, for short), and more and more writers working in the genre, and the unprecedented success of such names as Nigeria’s Nnedi Okorafor and Tomi Adeyemi, South Africa’s Lauren Beukes, and Liberia’s Wayetu Moore, conversations have risen around its description, presentation, celebration, and connection to […]

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Wayetu Moore’s Debut Novel, She Would Be King, Blends Historical Fiction and Magical Realism to Retell the Story of Liberia 

Liberian writer Wayetu Moore‘s debut novel is out. Published in September by Graywolf Press, She Would Be King is a blend of historical fiction and magical realism that retells the formation of Liberia. The book was named “A Most Anticipated Book for 2018” by both The Millions and The Rumpus, and has attracted praise from The New […]

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Turns 15: The Best Moments of a Modern Classic

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“It wasn’t the first novel I wrote,” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie told the audience at the University of Nairobi, during her […]

Quramo Writers’ Prize 2018 Unveils Top 5 Finalists

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Lagos – 10/10/18: Quramo Publishing has unveiled the Top 5 finalists of the Quramo Writers’ Prize 2018, two weeks after […]

Enter for the K & L Prize for African Literature

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Submissions have begun for the 2019 K & L Prize for African Literature. The $1,000 prize, which is in its […]

The 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards | Call for Nominations

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Submissions have begun for the 2018 African Literature Association (ALA) Book Awards. The deadline for submissions is 1 November 2018. The […]

Nominate a Writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award for African Literature

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Nominate a creative writer for the Fonlon-Nichols Award by 1 November 2018. This award, established in 1992 to honor Bernard […]

Pentecostal Republic | A Powerful New Book Tackles the Role of Pentecostalism in Nigerian Politics

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Nigerian Sociologist Ebenezer Obadare is asking us to take a closer look at the underlying forces of Nigeria’s political life. […]

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