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For Failure to Attribute an Original Source, the Caine Prize Removes Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor’s All Our Lives from 2019 Shortlist, as Short Story Day Africa Releases Statement on Intertextuality

Last week, we received suggestions of similarity between two short stories. One, the Nigerian writer Tochukwu Emmanuel Okafor’s “All Our Lives,” won the 2018 Short Story Day Africa (SSDA) Prize, was shortlisted for the 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Fiction and the 2019 Caine Prize, and was published in print in the SSDA anthology ID: […]

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Helen Moffett, Editing Mentor at Short Story Day Africa, on the Necessity of Trust between Editors and Writers

Most of the people who work behind the scenes to hold up literary institutions mostly go unacknowledged in public, their work taken for granted while the writer picks up accolades. High on this list—and it is a very long list that includes publicity assistants, journalists, bloggers, booksellers, and in cases every other professional who is […]

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Ten Writers Shortlisted for the 2018/19 Short Story Day Africa Prize

Ten writers have been shortlisted for the 2018/19 Short Story Day Africa Prize. Founded by Rachel Zadok in 2011, the Short Story Day Africa Prize—which offers US$800 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place—recognizes the best short stories submitted for Short Story Day Africa‘s themed anthologies. Works that have won […]

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The Caine Prize Announces 2019 Shortlist

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. Five writers—from Cameroon, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Nigeria—have been shortlisted for the 2019 Caine Prize, for short stories that explore “the […]

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Short Story Day Africa Announces 2019 Prize Theme: Disruption

Short Story Day Africa has announced the theme for its 2019 Prize: “Disruption.” The prize will be open to submissions on 1 June 2019 and be closed on 31 October 2019. As with previous prizes, a longlist would be announced, and then a shortlist, and then the top three: a first place prize of $800, […]

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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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Twenty-one Writers Longlisted for the 2018/19 Short Story Day Africa Prize

Twenty-one writers have been longlisted for the 2018/19 Short Story Day Africa Prize. Founded in 2011, the Short Story Day Africa Prize—which offers US$800 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place—recognizes the best short stories submitted for Short Story Day Africa‘s themed anthologies. Works that have won or been shortlisted for the […]

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The 2018 Brittle Paper Awards: The Winners

The Brittle Paper Awards is our way of recognizing the finest, original pieces of literature by Africans available online for free. We began it in 2017 to mark our seventh anniversary. The $1,100 cash prize is spread across five categories which reflect our efforts to capture the range and variations of literary dialogue on the continent: the Brittle Paper Award […]

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Kwame Dawes’s “Yard Boy”: A Powerful Poem for Our Moment

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Kwame Dawes recently wrote a poem titled “Yard Boy” that speaks to the recent events surrounding the death of George […]

Teju Cole’s Spotify Playlists Offer Musical Solace for These Times

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Among Teju Cole’s many talents is his ability to curate music that captures a mood or even the feel of […]

Petina Gappah to Write Play About the Censorship History of Dambudzo Marechera’s Novel Black Sunlight

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Petina Gappah recently announced that she was writing a play that focuses on “the 1982 banning and unbanning” of Dambudzo […]

Oh, Blessed Bri’Land | Jedah Mayberry | Fiction

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Bri’Land glistened at me, her brilliant display of pink sand shimmering in delight.  It would seem that I had finally, […]

Books That Go with Wine and Books That Don’t

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The beverages most associated with reading are tea and coffee. But many readers love to cozy up in bed with […]

In This House | Inok Rosemary | Poetry

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  In this house, we sift our words, Never letting the walls hear what they shouldn’t. The fear of their […]

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