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No Africans for Windham Campbell Prize in 2016

There were no Africans in the Windham Campbell Prize selections that were announced earlier in the month. Sob. So every year, we all eagerly look through our emails hoping to hear that we are the winners of the coolest awards on the planet. This award was founded by lifelong partners, Donald Windham and Sandy M. […]

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The Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Non Fiction 2016 call out

The Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Non Fiction is an annual award for non-fiction by emerging African writers resident in Ghana administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE). This award is open to Ghanaian writers but in future will have other African nationals. So who is this Koffi Addo y0u ask? Nana Koffi […]

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The Abena Korantemaa Writivism Prize for Oral History 2016

The Abena Korantemaa Writivism Prize for Oral History is an annual award for Oral History by emerging African writers and storytellers resident in Ghana administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE).  Abena Korantemaa, 100 years old, is regarded as the matriarch of her family clan, she is popularly known as ‘Maa Fri’. She […]

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Praxis magazine focuses on African publishing in March         

Praxis Magazine for arts and literature is a Nigerian based publication which showcases cutting edge arts, literature, podcasts and performance poetry from established and emerging writers, artists and poets. I have been following this online publication for a few months now and found it to have some really cool content. This month our friends at […]

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The Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation 2016 poetry prizes

The Babishai Niwe Poetry Foundation have announced a call out for its prizes for 2016. In previous years, the foundation had the Babishai Poetry Award which has been running since 2009. Previous winners of the prize include Adeeko Ibukun (2015), Tom Jalio (2014), Rashida Namulondo (2013), Susan Piwang (2012), Sanyu Kisaka (2011), Sophie Alal Brenda […]

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A review of Panashe Chigumadzi’s Sweet Medicine

Book: Sweet Medicine Author: Panashe Chigumadzi Publisher: Blackbird Books Publication Date: 2015 Number of pages: 201 Genre: Fiction Sweet Medicine, debut novel of Zimbabwean-born South Africa resident Panashe Chigumadzi, is the story of Tsitsi. Tsitsi was raised in Harare but went to a rural school do her O and A Levels. She ends up back […]

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Short Story Day Africa announce 2016 anthology theme

Short Story Day Africa have just announced the theme for their 2016 anthology; Migrations. Short Story Day Africa brings together writers, readers, booksellers, publishers, teachers and school children from all over the globe to write, submit, read, workshop and discuss stories – and foster the love of reading and writing African fiction. They have brought […]

Casablanca International Book Fair 2016 closes
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Casablanca International Book Fair 2016 closes

The Casablanca International Publishing and Book Fair 2016 better known in French as the Salon International de l’Edition et du Livre (SIEL) happened from 12-22 February in Morocco’s capital city. The festival, which runs under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, included a rich and diversified program with the participation of 650 publishers from 44 […]

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE FICTION?

Sankara Communication will let award-winning novelist, short-story writer, 2015 Etisalat Prize for Fiction judge and Saturday Nation columnist Zukiswa Wanner decide that in her bi-monthly writing workshops from April until June. The workshops will culminate in a published anthology of short stories and yours could be one of them. So how do you become a […]