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Poda-Poda Stories Calls for Submissions from Sierra Leonean Writers

Poda-Poda Stories is a new digital platform curating Sierra Leonean literature. The platform was founded by Ngozi Cole, a Sierra Leonean writer whose word on gender and culture is widely published. Poda-Poda Stories features stories, poems, essays & critical thought pieces, short films and featured photography. The goal of the platform, Ngozi Cole explains in […]

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Apply to Africa in Dialogue’s Internship Program to Learn the Art of Interviewing

The interview magazine Africa in Dialogue, founded by the Motswana writer Gaamangwe Joy Mogami, is calling for applications to its third bi-annual Internship Program. The Program’s director is the South African poet Nkateko Masinga, who co-won The 2019 Brittle Paper Anniversary Award. Here is the call below. _________________________________________________ Africa in Dialogue is excited to present […]

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Harry Garuba, Nigerian Poet and Renowned Professor of African Studies, Passes on at 61

Harry Garuba, the Nigerian poet and professor, has passed on at the age of 61. He died on 28 February. His research interests included African modernities, postcolonial theory and criticism, and intellectual traditions of African nationalist writing. The official announcement by the University of Cape Town, where Garuba was employed, revealed he had endured a […]

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Tanzanian Writers Lello Mmassy & Mohamed Songoro Win Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature

PRESS RELEASE: The winners of the Mabati Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature 2019 were announced by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Abdilatif Abdalla, together with the the Safal Group CEO, Mr. Anders Lindgren, during a special ceremony at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi, on Thursday, 27 February 2020. The guests of honor included Ms […]

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Publishers Weekly Is Calling for Book Reviewers. Here’s Why You Should Apply  

As the conversation around diversity, and the lack of it, peaks in the publishing industry, the most effective solution remains not only the increased publication of non-White voices but the inclusion of non-White personnel behind the scenes, from executive and editorship positions to marketting and book reviewing. Publishers Weekly, noted for important pre-publication book reviews […]

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Check Out This List of Literary Agencies Representing Africans

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 […]

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The Top 15 Debut Books of 2019

The year 2019 was full. While it is gone, its books are not. In December, we released our list of The Notable Books of 2019 by African authors. As we look ahead into 2020, we list the year’s most notable debuts books and authors in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, some of which also appear in […]

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The Caine Prize Enters Major 3-Year Partnership with The AKO Foundation, Becomes The AKO Caine Prize for African Writing

PRESS RELEASE: The AKO Foundation Offers Major Support to The Caine Prize for African Writing London, 29 January 2020 – The Caine Prize for African Writing is delighted to announce a new partnership with the AKO Foundation, a London based charity supporting projects which promote the arts, improve education or mitigate climate problems. As part […]

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The 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize is Now Open for Entry

Apply for the 2021 Aspen Words Literary Prize

The Aspen Words Literary Prize is open for entry as of today. The $35,000 prize annually rewards an “influential work […]

July 10 | Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwa on Conversations Across the Diaspora

July 10 _ Sarah Ladipo Manyika Hosts Strive Masiyiwas on Conversations Across the Diaspora

Sarah Ladipo Manyika, author of In Dependence (2008) and Like A Mule Bringing Ice Cream To The Sun (2016), has teamed up […]

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year

Bernardine Evaristo Becomes First Black Writer to Win Author of the Year in the British Book Awards

  Bernardine Evaristo’s winning streak continues as she dominates two categories of the 2020 British Book Awards: Best Fiction Book […]

Apply for the 2020 Morland Writing Scholarship | £27,000 for Nonfiction, £18,000 Fiction

Apply for the 2020 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship

The Miles Morland Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Morland African Writing Scholarships. The awards offer a fiction […]

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity | Here is How to Nominate Someone

The Million Naira Nigeria Prize for Difference and Diversity _ Here is How to Nominate Someone

Nominations for The Nigeria Prize for Difference & Diversity is officially open. The new prize, co-presented by digital media platform […]

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria | Chude Jideonwo

This is Why I am Endowing a N1 Million Prize for Difference and Diversity in Nigeria _ Chude Jideonwo (2)

Last year, I wrote a piece on CNN during Pride Month​—​a month set aside to celebrate sexual and gender diversity […]

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