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Catapult Publishing seeks your submissions

Catapult Publishing publishes critically acclaimed literary fiction and narrative nonfiction books under the direction of our editor in chief, Pat Strachan. The US based organisation also has a web magazine led by web editor in chief, Yuka Igarashi. This October, the folks at Catapult tell me that they are looking for book-length, unpublished manuscripts from […]

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African Writers Trust (AWT) workshop participants announced

The African Writers Trust (AWT) has announced the writers who have qualified for the third Editorial and Publishing Training workshop take place in Kampala, Uganda This call out which I told folks about has come to its logical conclusion and the list of the writers from the horn of Africa heading to “KLA” is 12 […]

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Ake Festival/Air France Prize For Prose & Photography

So thus November will be one of those African literary festival heavy months and the biggest events will be happening in Nigeria. Two of these will be the Lagos Books and Arts Festival (Labaf) and the Ake Arts and Book Festival which will be happening in Abeokuta. The Ake Festival is the younger of the two […]

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Chigozie Obioma takes FT/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Fiction Award 2015

Its official ladies. Nigerian writer Chigozie Obioma’s novel The Fishermen is the winner of the inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Fiction Award. Obioma beat other worthy candidates on the shortlist Kenya’s Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor for Dust and Rwanda’s Scholastique Mukasonga for Our Lady of the Nile. The newest writing supernova, whose book is also one of […]

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A snapshot of the Nairobi International Book Fair 2015

The Sarit Centre in Nairobi was a bustle of activity last week as Nairobi International Book 2015 the biggest literary show around rolled into town from 23rd to 27th September. Unlike the Storymoja Festival which happened earlier in the month that focused on writers and their ilk this one was a showcase the Kenyan publishing […]

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Chris Okemwa is Kenyan Burt Award 2015 winner

Chris Okemwa was announced the winner of this years Burt Award 2015 at an invite only ceremony at the Kempinski Nairobi on Friday night. He won the award which is aimed at literature for young adults for his manuscript titled Sabina and the Ogre. Okemwa isn’t new to the winning game. He was the 2002 […]