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Short Story Day Africa wants your support

So the other day I told you about the Short Story Day Africa anthology dubbed Water. The team behind the initiative have been doing their best to give you some of the best writing with a very very low income. If you imagine that this are the people who have published two Caine Prize nominees […]

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Ngugi Wa Thiong’o lectures at the Kenyatta University

Ngugi Wa Thiong’o gave a lecture at the Kenyatta University last Wednesday afternoon to a very large audience of students, faculty and groupies. As you can imagine, this blogger falls squarely in the “groupies” category. It was an inspired lecture. Friendly warning: unlike previous blogs this one is a bit lengthy. The lecture was done […]

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The Writivism Short Story Prize Shortlist 2015 out

The short list for the Writivism Short Story Competition 2015 has been announced by Chika Unigwe the chair of the judging panel. She was helped in her task by Mukoma wa Ngugi, Tendai Huchu, Rachel Zadok and Ainehi Edoro. The stories were read blind, as in they didn’t know who there were reading, and those […]

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Aminatta Forna makes Neustadt International Prize for Literature 2016

The Neustadt International Prize for Literature is a $50,000 biennial prize funded by a generous endowment from the Neustadt family of Ardmore, Oklahoma, and Dallas. The Neustadt Prize is the first international literary award of its scope to originate in the United States and is one of the very few international prizes for which poets, […]

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The Writivism Short Story Prize 2015 Longlist

The long list for the 2015 Writivism Short Story Prize, selected from a record 277 entries, was announced last Friday afternoon. The panel of judges for this years prize chaired by Chika Unigwe comprised of Mukoma wa Ngugi, Tendai Huchu, Ainehi Edoro and Rachel Zadok. They were assisted by many readers who helped whittle down […]