Tendai R Mwanaka

A call for submissions for the Zimbolicious Anthology, Volume 3: An Anthology of Zimbabwean Literature and Arts has been made by Tendai R Mwanaka. Your deadline is July 31, 2018.

Zimbolicious Poetry: Anthology of Zimbabwean Poetry and Zimbolicious Poetry Anthology, Volume 2, were the first in a series of anthologies edited by Tendai R Mwanaka and Edward Dzonze. The first anthology had poems from David Mungoshi, Ivor Hartman, John Eppel, Emanuel Sigauke, Tinashe Muchuri, Cosmas Mairosi, Mbizo Chirasha, Tendai Mwanaka, Catherine Mugodo Mtukwa amongst others. The second volume included poems from Albert Nyathi, Edward Dzonze, Shoes Lambada, Killian Mwanaka, Mbizo Chirasha, and Constance Van Nierkek.

The journey to the third in the series Zimbolicious Anthology, Volume 3: An Anthology of Zimbabwean Literature and Arts is already on the way. The editors of the previous anthologies are seeking out submissions from poets, storytellers, novelist, essayists (academic and general), playwrights, visual artists, and songwriters with a call out for their work.

The new anthology will include  several new sections, i.e. Primary School Section (Zimbabwean primary school children, up to grade 7), High School Section (from form 1-6), Professional Arts Section, Reviews and Interviews Section. The idea is to engender writing and reading cultures right from the lower grades so that in the future Zimbabwe will have strong leadership, readership and writership culture.

They are looking for work in all Zimbabwean indigenous languages and cultures (Chewa, Chibarwe, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda and Xhosa) and English language. For literature, the indigenous languages entries should be accompanied with an English translation/interpretation.

The anthology will be published by Mwanaka Media and Publishing Pvt Ltd, a Zimbabwe based publisher, and distributed by African Books Collective, UK, who have distribution links with scholarly and public libraries throughout the world including among others, Worldcat Identities, John Hopkins’ project muse, ebsco host etc, which has resulted in the previous two volumes being collected in university libraries like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, University of Chicago, and New York City Public library.

This is a strictly a Zimbabwean anthology, so they will only read and consider work from citizens of Zimbabwe and her diasporas (parents are of Zimbabwean descent).

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