A global contest for modern African folk Tales called Re-imagined! was launched at the World Storytelling Day celebrations in Nairobi on Saturday. The contest is curated by Maimouna Jallow.
Re-imagined! is a global online storytelling contest inviting African writers, poets, playwrights and journalists to re-invent and update the African folktale for a new millennium.
The challenge is to develop new narratives that speak of issues that are fundamental to Africa’s development – from corruption, to environmental degradation and religious radicalization – in a way that is unconventional but true to our past traditions of folktale and oral storytelling.
An editorial panel headed by Nigerian author Chuma Nwokolo will select the top twenty five entries that be included in this new anthology of modern African tales. Also in the team are Okey Ndibe, Dr Lizzy Attree, Muthoni Garland, Linda Musita, and Nduta Waweru.
These stories will be published in the first ever Illustrated Anthology on Modern African Folktales as well as serialised in several newspapers around the continent.
The contest closes in two months. For more information about this exciting new competition.
Update: This competition has now closed.