Participants from 2013's events.
Participants from 2013’s events.

Writivism is an initiative of the Kampala Uganda based Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE) and aims at promoting emerging African writers. This is by equipping writers with skills, through workshops and mentor ship and promoting their work through newspaper publication of stories.It also includes developing workshops, the publication of an annual anthology, an annual short story prize, public readings, school tours and a mini-festival.

The winner of the inaugural Writivism competition earlier this year was Anthea Paelo with her story Picture Frames.

It looks like the organisers of the festival have decided that Uganda is not enough. In 2014, they shall hold one day Creative Writing workshops in Abuja, Harare, Kampala, Cape Town and Nairobi through which they will recruit fifty emerging writers for mentoring. They shall develop flash fiction stories for publication in several African newspapers and entries to the Writivism short story prize. The prize shall receive entries from all regions of Africa.

Long listed stories in the competition shall be published in an annual Writivism anthology while shortlisted writers shall attend public readings in Kampala. The winners shall be announced at the Writivism mini-Festival on 21st June 2014 after which they shall tour schools around Kampala.

The overall winner of the prize shall bag Uganda Shillings 1,000,000/= (US$387/Kshs33,333), 1st runner-up Uganda Shillings 500,000/= , 2nd runner-up Uganda Shillings 250,000/= and each regional winner Uganda Shillings 200,000/=.
Applications for the 2014 Writivism workshops are open and close on December 31st 2013. The workshops will be held simultaneously in five cities on 8th February 2014. On the same day, submission of entries to the Writivism Short Story Prize shall open, until the 30th of April 2014.
If you want to enter the works shop please visit the following link;