Ndinda Kioko makes Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017 Shortlist
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Ndinda Kioko makes Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017 Shortlist

Kenyan writer Ndinda Kioko is one of the writers on the Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017 Shortlist. Wasafiri is a leading magazine for international contemporary writing based in the UK. Launched in 1984, it is now renowned for publishing some of the world’s most distinguished writers including Chinua Achebe, Kamau Brathwaite, Anita and Kiran Desai, […]

Kabaka, An African LGBTQI focused literary magazine, seeks your submissions
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Kabaka, An African LGBTQI focused literary magazine, seeks your submissions

Kabaka, An African LGBTQI focused literary magazine, seeks your submissions. Literature which focuses on the queer aspect of Africa life has slowly being making its mark in the African literary scene. The first encounter this blogger had with this was the wonderful 2005 novel Walking With Shadows by Jude Dibia where a man outted by […]

Terra Crioula, Portuguese Africa’s new literary magazine, seeks your submissions 
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Terra Crioula, Portuguese Africa’s new literary magazine, seeks your submissions 

A new literary magazine called Terra Crioula is seeking out flash fiction, poetry, and short stories from Portuguese speaking African writers. This blog has never been famous for its highlighting of Portuguese language fiction from the continent. We will cover what could be considered the usual suspects from the three or four countries that speak […]

Ikeogu Oke is NLNG Nigerian Prize for Literature 2017 winner
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Ikeogu Oke is NLNG Nigerian Prize for Literature 2017 winner

Poet Ikeogu Oke is the winner of the Nigerian Prize for Literature 2017, the richest in African literature worth US$100,000 for his book The Heresiad. The richest prize in African literature worth US$100,000 to its winner has announced the winner for this year’s edition after a longlist and a shortlist of Ogaga Ifowodo, Tanure Ojaide, […]

Text Book Center Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2017 winners announced
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Text Book Center Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2017 winners announced

The winners of the Text Book Center Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature 2017 were announced on September 30, 2017 as part of this year’s Nairobi International Book Fair. The Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature a brainchild of the Kenya Publishers Association, established in the early 1970’s, is open to Kenyan writers whose work is published […]

Lagos Book & Art Festival 2017 dedicated to Prof Niyi Osundare
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Lagos Book & Art Festival 2017 dedicated to Prof Niyi Osundare

The Lagos Book & Art Festival 2017 will be hosted from November 6-12 at Freedom Park, Lagos. The festival, popularly known as LABAF, with the theme “ERUPTIONS: Global FRACTURES & Collective Humanism,” is dedicated to Prof Niyi Osundare. LABAF now in its 19th year is a week-long cultural picnic including readings sessions, conversations around books, […]

A Igoni Barrett to judge manuscript prize worth US$12,000
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A Igoni Barrett to judge manuscript prize worth US$12,000

Novelist A. Igoni Barrett will serve as the inaugural judge of the Graywolf Press Africa Prize. The prize is worth US$12,000 to the winner. Graywolf Press was founded by Scott Walker in Port Townsend, Washington, in 1974. Graywolf’s first publications were limited-edition chapbooks of poetry, which were printed on a letterpress and hand sewn by […]

Maktaba Awards 2017 set to celebrate Kenya’s top libraries
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Maktaba Awards 2017 set to celebrate Kenya’s top libraries

The best libraries in Kenya will be feted at the Maktaba Awards 2017 at a ceremony at the Kenya National Museum on Friday 22nd September 2017. For the last eight years, the Kenya Library Association, the Goethe Institut, the Jomo Kenyatta Foundation and the Ministry of Sports, Culture, and the Arts have been organising the […]

Storymoja Festival 2017 set for Nairobi
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Storymoja Festival 2017 set for Nairobi

An epic running of the Storymoja Festival 2017 is set for September 27 – October 1 in Nairobi, Kenya. The festival theme this year is “Black Peace.” The Storymoja Festival, founded by Storymoja Publishers in 2007, is one of the most important literary festivals on the African continent today. It was started with a small […]