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The 2018 Brittle Paper Awards: Announcing the Shortlists

Update: For failure to attribute an original source, the Caine Prize, in September 2019, removed Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor’s “All Our Lives” from its 2019 shortlist, while Short Story Day Africa released a statement on intertextuality. Because we believe it to have resulted from inexperience rather than intentional withholding, we did not withdraw it from our […]

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Opportunity for Poets | Submit to “20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry,” Guest-Edited by Safia Elhillo and Gbenga Adesina

A new anthology aiming to curate the most remarkable voices on the poetry scene is here. 20.35 Africa: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry will be guest-edited by Sudan’s Safia Elhillo, co-winner of the 2015 Brunel International African Poetry Prize and author of the 2016 Sillerman First Book Prize-winning The January Children, and Nigeria’s Gbenga Adesina, […]

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How to Build a Barbecue on Saturday Night | Chisom Okafor | Poetry

My father no longer chefs, but he’d stroll, on weekends, to the next street to sell grilled things outside a cafe, (because veteran culinarians have the toughest skins. Which means they never stop, never really die, only they let themselves wane very slowly into smoke), or he’d sit out at sundown (on weekdays) to journey, […]

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Opportunity for Nigerian Poets | Submit to PIN’s November Poetry Challenge

Poets in Nigeria (PIN) has made a call for submissions for the November edition of its 10-Day Poetry Challenge. This month’s contest, which is “geared towards stimulating consistent and spontaneous creativity,” will be the last for the year. Entries will be entertained between 13th and 22nd of November, 2017. In an email to Brittle Paper, the Challenge’s moderator, […]

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Opportunity for Nigerian Poets | Submit to PIN’s September Poetry Challenge

Poets in Nigeria (PIN) has made a call for submissions for the September edition of its 10-Day Poetry Challenge. The monthly contest is “geared towards stimulating consistent and spontaneous creativity.” In an email to Brittle Paper, the Challenge’s moderator, Chisom Okafor, whose poetry we’ve published, stated that “ten exceptional entries will be officially published on PIN’s […]

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I Hear a Few More Things When Bob Dylan Says ‘a Hard Rain’s a-gonna Fall’ | Chisom Okafor | Poetry

My father plays a song aloud on Sundays, that begins with ‘Where’ve you been my blue-eyed girl?’ We scream on the other side, the next-door neighbor who is 65, (steals our rain-water overnight) and wakes to a full pee-bucket, the body of a whale, and balls of fart, giggling their way out, pours a barrel […]

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Art Naija Series Vol. 2 | Work Naija: The Book of Vocations | Powerful Mixed-Genre Anthology Explores the Idea of Work

Brittle Paper is delighted to bring you Work Naija: The Book of Vocations. It is the second book in the ART NAIJA series, a literary project launched last year to craft concept-based anthologies exploring various aspects of Nigerian life, ideas, and artistic forms. It is also an attempt to put together a collection of exciting […]

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The Labours of the Months: Of Work and Its Refuseniks | Rotimi Babatunde

  In October 2016, we published Enter Naija: The Book of Places, an anthology of creative nonfiction, photography, poetry, digital art, fiction and commentary on Nigerian cities, designed to mark the country’s 56th Independence anniversary. Featuring 35 writers and visual artists, the anthology is edited by Otosirieze Obi-Young and introduced by Ikhide R. Ikheloa, and […]

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15 Pieces to Guide Your Understanding of Xenophobia in (South) Africa

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Once again, this September, xenophobic violence was unleashed on other Africans, mostly Nigerians, in South Africa: businesses were closed, shops […]

Johary Ravaloson’s Return to the Enchanted Island Is the Second Novel from Madagascar to Be Translated into English

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In May 2018, we brought news of the first novel by a writer from Madagascar to be translated into English: […]

Sundays at Saint Steven’s | Davina Philomena Kawuma | Poetry

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when god runs out of money (how, no one says) once a week, these days, we come to where the […]

Read the First Excerpt from Petina Gappah’s New Novel, Out of Darkness, Shining Light

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Petina Gappah‘s new novel Out of Darkness, Shining Light was released on 10 September by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner. […]

We Need To Talk | Muriel Adhiambo | Fiction

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IT WAS A warm, humid night in the lakeside city of Kisumu. Under a starless sky, the women, seated on […]

For World Diabetes Day, Miss BloodSugar Calls for Entries to Competition & Anthology Sponsored by Bella Naija

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Press release: What’s your diabetes story? Are you diabetic? Have you been impacted by the experiences of a family/friend/patient with […]

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