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Frankie Edozien, JK Anowe, Megan Ross, Lilian Aujo Lead 19-Strong Shortlist for the Gerald Kraak Prize

Jacana Literary Foundation (JLF), in partnership with The Other Foundation, has announced a 19-strong shortlist for the R25,000 Gerald Kraak Prize, selected from over 500 entries. The nominated works—a total of 23 pieces of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction by the 19 writers—will appear in the third Gerald Kraak Anthology, titled The Heart of the Matter, forthcoming from Jacana […]

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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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Fever | Sarah Lubala | Poetry

  In a Bali hotel room I shed electricity some quirk of the medication tends and stokes kindles against me The tongue also is a fire through the year’s slow teeth all the days of my life speak against me See fire eat fire see it set the whole course of a life on fire […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Poetry: Meet the 6 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 […]

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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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Pwaangulongii Dauod Is the 2018 Winner of the Gerald Kraak Award

Nigeria’s Pwaangulongii Dauod has won the 2018 Gerald Kraak Award for his fierce nonfiction piece, “Africa’s Future Has No Space for Stupid Black Men.” A shortlist of 15 artists and 22 pieces of journalism, fiction, nonfiction, photography, and poetry had been announced in December of last year. Founded in 2016 by the Jacana Literary Foundation and […]

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African Literary Digest: 79 Notable Pieces of 2017

It isn’t that time of the year when we look back on what happened in it—that time is December, and this is February. But a delay in releasing this list seemed inevitable for a year that, on several levels, saw our literary culture expand. Organisations took groundbreaking steps: in March, Jalada Africa held a 12-city, […]

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Boy with the Flying Cheekbones | By Sarah Lubala | An African Poem

Dear Théophile i imagine your bed stills smells like burnt sugar and keen aching i cannot cross the threshold that room is steeped in a fever so ravenous it devours the air lately, i’ve been thinking about all the hungers in men’s chests because something about absence and the heart growing fonder Dear Théophile, you […]

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Hollywood or Nollywood? As Americanah TV Series Goes to HBO, Actress Stella Damasus Suggests Industry Slight & Chika Unigwe Responds

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The Americanah TV series adaptation, starring Lupita Nyong’o and written by Danai Gurira, has been ordered by HBO Max. The […]

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 […]

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