ANNOUNCEMENT: Longlist For Our 2018 Short Story Prize

ANNOUNCEMENT: Longlist For Our 2018 Short Story Prize

For our short story competition this year, we called for stories that looked into religion and how it manifests in everyday moments. We are happy to say the writers who submitted their work for consideration did not limit themselves to tangible explanations of faith or metanarratives that do little to question the dangers of religious belief, but considered the architecture of faith in fresh ways. It is from these works…

Announcing Judges For Our 2018 Short Story Competition

Announcing Judges For Our 2018 Short Story Competition

We are happy to announce the judges for our annual short story competition. Malebo Sephodi, Tendai Mwanaka and Lungile Zakwe will select the shortlist and winners of the fourth volume of The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story, our yearly competition. The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story seeks to unearth fresh and important short fiction by emerging writers from the continent and its diasporas.…

Coming up: Zukiswa Wanner at Open Book Festival

Coming up: Zukiswa Wanner at Open Book Festival

This coming week, ZUKISWA WANNER will be in Cape Town for the annual Open Book Festival. Open Book Festival will take place from the 5th to the 9th of September at the Fugard Theatre. The feast full of literarty includes some of our faves like Niq Mhlongo, Sue Nyathi, Noziwe Cynthia Jele, Angela Makholwa, Pumla Gqola,  to name a fewand many more wonderful authors. The full programme is on the OBF…

6th Annual Writivism Festival Kicks off 17 Aug in Kampala

6th Annual Writivism Festival Kicks off 17 Aug in Kampala

Themed, ‘Legac(y)ies’   This year’s festival will include speakers such as luminaries Prof. Taban Lo Liyong, Goretti Kyomuhendo, authors Akwaeke Emezi (Freshwater), Ijangolet Ogwang (An Image in a Mirror), Mugabi Byenkya (Dear Philemona), Dami Ajayi (A Woman’s Body is a Country), Shadreck Chikoti (Azotus the Kingdom). We’re particularly excited for the writing competition winners to be announced.  Wishing the shortlisted writers a lot of luck.   Don’t miss out on these…

Zukiswa Warner and Hardly Working at Kingsmead Book Fair!

Zukiswa Warner and Hardly Working at Kingsmead Book Fair!

After successful book events in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town, Harare, Nairobi and Berlin, Zukiswa Wanner is taking Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts to the Kingsmead Book Fair. The 2018 Kingsmead Book Fair takes place this Saturday, 12 May at Kingsmead College in Rosebank. The programme runs from 9:30 till 5pm and will feature authors from all over the world including Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Malebo Sephodi, Achmat Dangor, Nozizwe Cynthia…

Call For Submissions: 2018 Short Story Competition (CLOSED)

Call For Submissions: 2018 Short Story Competition (CLOSED)

We invite submissions for our annual short story competition, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! We are open for submissions from May 4, 2018 to June 130, 2018.    Religion in Africa provides a wide range of listening and viewing strategies which can be invoked in different situations to make new meaning of the unfamiliar or preternatural. As one of the most persistent forces that drive our daily…

New Book Alert: Odokonyero!

New Book Alert: Odokonyero!

“[T]he fruit of many labours,” said Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, founder of CACE1)Centre for African Cultural Excellence and co-editor of our newest anthology, Odokonyero: A Writivism Anthology of Short Fiction by Emerging Ugandan Writers. We are proud and honoured to be the publishing partner of the CACE’s Writivism Literary Initiative and we’re particularly excited about this anthology that seeks to celebrate the work that CACE has done in the last five years through Writivism.…

Hardly Working Goes to Cape Town

Hardly Working Goes to Cape Town

After successful launch events in Johannesburg, Durban, Nairobi and Harare, Zukiswa Wanner takes “Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts” to Cape Town for two launch events. The first event will be at the awesome The Book Lounge in the city: Friday, 4 May, 5:30pm. The Book Lounge is on the corner of Buitekant & Roeland. Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 0214622425. The second launch will be at the historic…

book excerpt: Sundown by Acan Innocent Immaculate

book excerpt: Sundown by Acan Innocent Immaculate

It’s AD 2050, and humans are waking up to the reality that scientists have lied to them — the sun is dying and with it a civilisation they have painstakingly built over the course of a hundred and fifty thousand years. A skinny albino boy, fifteen years old, pulls a T-shirt over his head as he walks out of a cosy bungalow and grins up at the red sky. He’s…

book excerpt: “Lost Futures or A Guide to Losing Love” by YKO Tetteh

book excerpt: “Lost Futures or A Guide to Losing Love” by YKO Tetteh

Hearing my voice is uncomfortable to me. I don’t know how to feel so can’t regulate it — it’s strained slightly, and almost childish. He sighs, lifts his glasses and rubs his eyes with the fingers of one hand. It hurts me, but I need something to happen. I panic though, in the silence, not knowing how to tell him I’m lingering because I’m waiting for the moment that makes it worth it.  Or…