Zimbabwe’s Gweru International Book Festival 2017 for September
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Zimbabwe’s Gweru International Book Festival 2017 for September

The Gweru International Book Festival 2017 is set for September 14-16, 2017. The theme for this year’s edition is, “Igniting the Power of Ideas whose Time has Come.” Gweru is the third largest city in Zimbabwe and is the administrative capital of the Midlands Province, one of ten provinces of the Southern African country. This […]

Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Panashe Chigumadzi for University of Iowa Writing Residency
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Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Panashe Chigumadzi for University of Iowa Writing Residency

The University of Iowa has announced the next group of participants in the 2017 edition of its legendary writing residency. The University of Iowa International Writing Program, which was born in 1967, allows writers from all over the world with time, in a setting congenial to their efforts, for the production of literary work. The […]

“The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!” announces longlist
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“The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!” announces longlist

The team organising The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!, a short story competition open to all Africans, has announced its longlist today. The Short Story is Dead, Long Live The Short Story! is a competition set up by South African based Black Letter Media which involves a short story call out […]

Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non Fiction 2017 longlist announced
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Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non Fiction 2017 longlist announced

The Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non Fiction 2017 longlist has been announced. Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non Fiction was born last year as a prize for creative nonfiction based in Ghana. The prize named after one of Ghana’s finest citizens and worth US$500 was won by Accra, Ghana based yoga instructor […]

Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 longlist announced
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Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 longlist announced

Twenty African writers have made the cut for the Writivism Short Story Prize 2017 longlist announced earlier today. The Writivism Short Story Prize celebrates writers from the African continent of prose from the last year. The prize which was born on the back of the Writivism initiative in 2012 would give winners US$500 and more […]

African Speculative Fiction Society announces Nommo Awards 2017 contenders
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African Speculative Fiction Society announces Nommo Awards 2017 contenders

The African Speculative Fiction Society announced the contenders for the Nommo Awards 2017 on April 4, 2017. The writers announced are shortlisted for Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Short Story, and Best Graphic Novel, chosen from eligible works published in 2015 or 2016. The African Speculative Fiction Society, a new community of writers, editors, publishers […]

Throwback Thursday:  Zimbabwe writer and editor Yvonne Vera
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Throwback Thursday:  Zimbabwe writer and editor Yvonne Vera

In our continuing series Throwback Thursday, we cast a light on Zimbabwe author and Editor Yvonne Vera. Yvonne Vera who was born on September 19, 1964 and passed on  April 7, 2005 was an award-winning author from Zimbabwe. Her novels are known for their poetic prose, difficult subject-matter, and their strong women characters, and are […]

Petina Gappah, Yaa Gyasi, Teju Cole for PEN USA literary awards 2017
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Petina Gappah, Yaa Gyasi, Teju Cole for PEN USA literary awards 2017

PEN America announced the finalists for the 2017 PEN America Literary Awards in several categories where US$315,000 is awarded. Those in the running include Petina Gappah, Teju Cole, Yaa Gyasi, Helen Oyeyemi, and Abdellatif Laâbi. PEN American hands out awards in very many categories of writing. The categories that interest us are the PEN/Jean Stein […]