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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 […]

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Nyanza Literary Festival 2017 shortlists announced

The poets and fiction writers in the running for the Nyanza Literary Festival 2017 prizes have been announced. The Nyanza Literary Festival, founded last year by New York based Kenyan writer Jakki Kerubo, was set up to elevate engagement in the arts in Nyanza Province, Kenya, through an annual literary contest and workshops. The festival […]

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Nigeria Prize for Literature 2017 shortlist announced

Ogaga Ifowodo, Ikeogu Oke, and Tanure Ojaide are the three poets in the shortlist for the Nigeria Prize for Literature 2017. The richest prize in African literature worth US$100,000 to its winner has announced those who are shortlisted for this year’s edition. The three poetry collections have been listed from the long list announced in […]


Inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards nominees unveiled

Leading literary blog has unveiled its inaugural Brittle Paper Literary Awards. is one of the most influential spaces in the African literature scene. Started in August 1, 2010, the blog gives a snapshot of the scene with interviews, essays, fiction and poetry from some of the best writing established and upcoming on the […]

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Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018 open for entry on September 1

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2018 is open for your entries starting from September 1. The Commonwealth Short Story Prize born in 2012 is one of the more sought after prizes in African and world literature at the moment. This is because writers from 50 countries from five commonwealth regions of Africa, Asia, America, Canada […]

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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 […]

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Mulumba Ivan Matthias launches ‘The Honking’ and ‘Rumblings of a Tree’

Ugandan writer Mulumba Ivan Matthias launched his two books The Honking and Rumblings of a Tree in Kampala, Uganda on August 10, 2017. Mulumba Ivan Matthias initially born in Masaka District in the Central Region of Uganda and now based in Kampala has the day job of valuation surveyor. In 2012, he produced Poetry In […]

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The Ake Review seeks out your submissions

The Ake Review, the journal of the The Ake Arts and Book Festival, is looking for submissions for the 2017 edition. The Ake Review has been one of the most well put out journals fron a literary festival on the continent. The format for the publication usually features content around that year’s theme with the […]

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Andrée-Marie Diagne Bonané wins Goethe-Institut & Sylt Foundation award 2017

Senegalese writer Andrée-Marie Diagne Bonané is the winner of the Goethe-Institut & Sylt Foundation African Writer´s Residency Award (AWRA) 2017. The Goethe-Institut & Sylt Foundation African Writer´s Residency Award (AWRA) provides a two months stay in a subsidized apartment to writers of contemporary African literature, who engage with current themes and concerns related to Africa […]

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“The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!” 2017 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 […]

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Munachim Amah and Charles King win Writivism 2017 writing prizes

Munachim Amah and Charles King are the winners of this year’s Writivism 2017 prizes for fiction and nonfiction. The announcement was made at a ceremony in Kampala, Uganda on August 19 as part of Writivism Festival 2017. The Writivism initiative has two prizes for writing. The fiction prize is called the Writivism Short Story Prize […]

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A snapshot of Uganda’s Babishai Poetry Festival 2017

The Babishai Poetry Festival 2017 was hosted in Uganda from August 4-6, 2017. There was a sea of activity in Uganda as the world of African poetry was focused on the East African country. They were there for the third edition of the Babishai Poetry Festival which was started in Kampala in 2015 as an […]

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Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashigo are University of Johannesburg Prize 2016 winners

Nthikeng Mohlele and Mohale Mashigo are the University of Johannesburg Prize 2016 winners. The University of Johannesburg Prize for South African Writing in English, also known as the UJ Prize, was instituted in 2006. It comprises two prizes, a main prize and a debut prize, given annually for “the best original creative work in English […]

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Kariuki wa Nyamu wins Babishai Haiku Prize 2017 in Kampala

Kenyan writer Kariuki wa Nyamu is the winner of the Babishai Haiku Prize 2017. The announcement was made at a ceremony in Kampala, Uganda on August 6, 2017. The second edition of Babishai Haiku 2017 prize kicked off earlier in the year with a call out for submissions. African poets who had not published a […]