The Short Story is Dead (vol 3) Longlist is Announced!

  True to the momentous event that inspired this year’s theme for our annual short story competition, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!, the longlisted stories address questions of social injustice, death, human rights, love and freedom, rendering an alternative vision of the future in ways that channel our past. Themed “The people shall…”, a phrase borrowed from the Freedom Charter, the third installment of our…

Announcement: Thabo Jijana Appointed Publisher at Black Letter Media

Announcement: Thabo Jijana Appointed Publisher at Black Letter Media

I am proud to announce that we have a new member of our family, Thabo Jijana. Thabo is coming on board as Publisher, while I focus on television development. pic by Fouad Asfour Thabo is a writer and publisher with two published books: a volume of poetry with uHlanga Press titled Failing Maths and My Other Crimes, and Nobody’s Business, a memoir with Jacana Media. His poems, short stories and journalism…

Announcement: Quaz Appointed as New Poetry Potion Editor

Announcement: Quaz Appointed as New Poetry Potion Editor

After ten years of being online and three years in print, Poetry Potion is going through some exciting changes. These changes are about us celebrating the years that have been, and setting up for more great years of discovering new poets, supporting the craft and celebrating poetry in a way that makes it accessible to everyone. We are giving the brand a makeover. We will so roll out the new look…

Publisher position available [CLOSED]

Publisher position available [CLOSED]

  Black Letter Media is a full service print and digital publishing company which focuses on publishing new African storytellers who have a unique, powerful and alternative vision of Africa is looking to hire a Publisher. Job Responsibilities Responsible for every part of the daily publishing operations, from selecting manuscripts to managing the finances. Representing the company at media or industry events. Approve project acquisitions with Director, monitor spending, and assign…

Short Story Competition Update

Short Story Competition Update

Thank you to everyone who shared our short story call out across their social media platforms. And thank you, especially, to all the writers who have submitted their stories. We have received over 100 short stories. This is an incredible record compared to last year when we started the competition – submissions tripled. Stories are being collated and prepared for the judges to review. This will be a blind judging process.…

Meet Our 2017 Short Story Competition Judges

Meet Our 2017 Short Story Competition Judges

Our annual short story competition is in its second year. And just like last year,  our winning story and the two runner up stories will win R5000, R1500 and R500 respectively. Short listed stories as well as the winning stories will be published in our annual short story anthology “The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!” The submissions deadline is 9 days away on the 31st of May. Stories…

Call for Submissions: Annual Short Story Competition [CLOSED]

Call for Submissions: Annual Short Story Competition [CLOSED]

“When you read a short story, you come out a little more aware and a little more in love with the world around you.” ~George Saunders We are looking for short stories from all over the world written in English under the theme: The people shall… This statement, in South Africa, begins some of the most powerful statements found in the Freedom Charter1)1955. http://scnc.ukzn.ac.za/doc/HIST/freedomchart/freedomch.html about the rights that the people…

Pre-order The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2 at a Discount

Pre-order The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2 at a Discount

Pre-order The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2 before 4 March and pay only R125. After the 4th, the price will be R150. The Pre-order promotion is only for print edition, however this volume will also be available as an ebook. Featuring, the winning story: Men Are Fools by Obinna Udenwe And the two stories that were runner-up: A Night To Remember by Christine Coates Circles by…

Apply for the Writivism Creative Writing Mentoring Programme

Apply for the Writivism Creative Writing Mentoring Programme

Our friends at Writivism, have published a call for the online mentoring programme. Writivism Literary Initiative is pleased to announce that our 2017 online Mentoring Programme is now open for applications. A project of the Centre for African Cultural Excellence, Writivism identifies, mentors, publishes and promotes emerging African writers resident in any country on the African continent. Now, in its fifth year, the Writivism programme provides online mentoring to […] via…

Submissions open for 11th Poetry Potion print quarterly

Submissions open for 11th Poetry Potion print quarterly

This is a call for print quarterly number eleven. This edition of Poetry Potion will launch in March. In keeping with tradition this edition focuses on themes around human rights, humanity. This edition is inspired by this quote – “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” ~Dalai Lama The theme is: Love and Compassion… via Call For Submissions: Poetry Potion 11 — Poetry Potion