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Nominations Are Open for the 2018 Brittle Paper Awards

The Brittle Paper Awards is back for the 2018 edition. We are opening up the nomination process to the public. Anyone can nominate works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and essays or think pieces for consideration by our editorial team. The Brittle Paper Awards was established in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary. It is our way […]

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How Short Story Day Africa Became the Continent’s Most Important Institution for Short Fiction

SIBONGILE FISHER WAS hanging out with friends, eating burgers at Snack Boss, a restaurant in Tembisa, a township in the East Rand in Johannesburg, when she saw the link on Facebook: a post congratulating her. It was November of 2016 and she had won the Short Story Day Africa Prize. She had been absent from […]

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Imraan Coovadia’s New Novel Is About a Time-traveling Spy Agent

South Africa’s Imraan Coovadia has answered all our prayers for new, exciting African fiction. His latest offering blends spy fiction and sci-fi! The book is titled A Spy in Time and tells the story of a time-traveling spy. In the story, Johannesburg is the center of a post-apocalyptic world. The main character is a spy […]

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Opportunity for Writers | Gyara Journal is Accepting Submissions

There is a new journal in town! Gyara is a Ghana-based platform focused on showcasing new writing. The theme of the debut issue is “change.” The editors are asking writers to send in “non-fiction, book reviews, memoirs, essays and interviews” exploring this theme from a “range of perspectives.”  They encourage writers in all stages of […]

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Trifonia Obono’s “La Bastarda”: First English-Language Novel by an Equatoguinean Woman

Each year, a step is taken that opens up the African literary scene the more. In 2017, Abdulai Sila’s The Ultimate Tragedy became the first novel from Guinea-Bissau to be translated into English. This year, we welcome the first English-language novel by a woman out of Equatorial Guinea: Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda. In an email to […]

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12 Women, 16 Novels: An African History of the Women’s Prize for Fiction

In 1991, the six-name Man Booker Prize shortlist contained only men. Thoroughly dissatisfied, a group of female and male authors, publishers, agents, booksellers, librarians and journalists decided to create a new prize. In 1996, the Women’s Prize for Fiction was founded, to recognize the best original full-length novel in English by a woman, published in the […]

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2018 LAMBDA Awards | Frankie Edozien, “Queer Africa 2” Anthology, Nnanna Ikpo Shortlisted

Three African books have been shortlisted for the 2018 LAMBDA Literary Awards for queer writers: the memoir Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man, by Chike Frankie Edozien, for Best Gay Memoir/Biography; the anthology Queer Africa 2: New Stories, edited by Makhosazana Xaba and Karen Martin, for Best LGBTQ Anthology; and […]

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OkayAfrica’s 100 Women 2018 List | Nnedi Okorafor, Taiye Selasi, Ainehi Edoro, Leila Aboulela

Prominent digital platform for African culture, OkayAfrica, has released its annual “100 Women” list celebrating “extraordinary women from Africa and the diaspora making waves across a wide array of industries, while driving positive impact in their communities and the world at large.” The OkayAfrica 100 Women 2018 List is spread across ten categories: STEM; literature; TV and film; sports and wellness; style […]

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Open Book Festival 2018. Photo credit: Bulumko Gana.

The 2018 Open Book Festival took place from 5-9 September, in Cape Town: event centres included The Fugard Theatre, The District 6 […]

Chimamanda’s Workshop Returns as the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, Sponsored by Trace Nigeria | How to Apply

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In 2017, in what should have been its tenth edition, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie announced that her annual workshop would not […]

Yrsa Daley-Ward’s The Terrible | Model-Turned-Poet’s Memoir Is Part Prose, Part Verse

Yrsa Daley-Ward. Photo credit: Laurel Grolio, for Girls At Library.

Behind the rise of Instagram poet-model-actress-queer activist Yrsa Daley-Ward is an inspiring story. Born to a Nigerian father and a […]

Bakwa Magazine Releases Issue 08: PAIN

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Bakwa magazine has released its eighth issue, themed PAIN. Founded in 2011 by Dzekashu MacViban, Bakwa magazine is Cameroon’s leading Anglophone publication of […]

Teju Cole Joins Harvard’s Department of English as Gore Vidal Professor of Creative Writing

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Teju Cole has joined Harvard University’s Department of English as the Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing. […]

Always Another Country | Sisonke Msimang’s North America Book Tour

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Last October, Sisonke Msimang’s debut memoir Always Another Country was published by Jonathan Ball Publishers in South Africa. The account of […]

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