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…

New Poetry Potion Cover Revealed! Poetry Potion 13 Transformation

New Poetry Potion Cover Revealed! Poetry Potion 13 Transformation

We’re super excited about the first Poetry Potion print quarterly of the year! Poetry Potion 13 is themed Transformation. Look at it… 😍😍😍 “Transformation is a slow-cooking process. Personal transformation even more so. It’s not like, one morning I woke up and suddenly knew the price of nappies and wet wipes, or how to fish phones out of the toilet or how to dig earphones out of my son’s mouth, and…

Submit For the Annual Writivism Short Story Prize & Creative Non-Fiction Prize Now

Submit For the Annual Writivism Short Story Prize & Creative Non-Fiction Prize Now

The Centre for African Cultural Excellence (CACE), runs two annual prizes for short stories – Writivism Short Story Prize – and creative fiction – Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non-Fiction. The Koffi Addo Writivism Prize for Creative Non-Fiction is sponsored by the Koffi Addo family. This year’s Writivism Short Story Prize is sponsored by The Story Club, Malawi. Both prizes are currently open for submissions and will be closing on 31 March…

The Shortlist Interviews: Tina Chiwashira – Tanganyika ABCs

The Shortlist Interviews: Tina Chiwashira – Tanganyika ABCs

A husband shows up in hospital to “claim back” his estranged wife; the woman’s lover puts up a fight. In Tanganyika ABCs, Tina Chiwashira recycles the Cinderella plot – the persecuted heroine rejects her suitors by way of deprioritizing Prince Charming’s wants and in this way Cinderella learns to put herself first.   Black Letter Media: You are fluent in three languages. I am curious to find out what questions around language plagued…

New Book Alert: Hardly Working by Zukiswa Wanner

New Book Alert: Hardly Working by Zukiswa Wanner

We are proud to announce our first book of the year, our first nonfiction book – Hardly Working: A Travel memoir of shorts by Zukiswa Wanner In Hardly Working: A Travel Memoir of Sorts, Zukiswa Wanner faces the challenges of travelling by road and crossing several borders while being a Zambian-born South African who lives in Kenya but her irreverent humour and uncanny ability to connect and make friends wherever…

The Shortlist Interviews: Mitchel Tumuhimbise – The Scent of Living Wills

The Shortlist Interviews: Mitchel Tumuhimbise – The Scent of Living Wills

In The Scent of Living Wills, Mitchel Tumuhimbise introduces the reader to a United Nations of renegade teens in whose hands the fate of the world seems to depend. Speculative to the core, The Scent of Living Wills makes use of a percussive language and the great pull of love to vocalize what might be a necessary reaffirmation of African ingenuity.   Black Letter Media: “The Scent of Living Wills” has a precise…

The Shortlist Interviews: Eliza Mabungu – Rudo

In Eliza Mabungu’s short story, Rudo, home is an ambiguous entity, not always conducive to a comfortable life defined by the freedom to make personal choices – all the conflicts that matter are, at heart, questions of where we choose to make our homes and why.   Black Letter Media: We see Rudo navigate the maze of censorious, paternalistic social regulations that define her village, even as you background the story with the minutiae…

The Shortlist Interviews: Osemegbe Aito – Petrichor

Heaven is a busy market and in Osemegbe Aito’s Petrichor it’s not always clear if Paradise is a better alternative to hell or perhaps organized religion has been selling the whole idea of unbridled well-being wrong. A careful petition, Aito presents us with Rachel and her cast of supporting figures – all hellbent on getting her to seventh heaven. But is she happy now?   Black Letter Media: We are, of course, not…

The Shortlist Interviews: Mary Ononokpono – Firewater

Disrupted trajectories characterize the multiplex world of Firewater: in Mary Ononokpono’s story, a firm study of social relationships as queuing networks, birth and death do not go hand in hand so smoothly, and complicated answers are ever provoked by softened questions. We spoke to Mary about the many passions that brought Firewater to being.   Black Letter Media: It’s intoxicating how subtly you weave in and out of genres in “Firewater”, sampling aspects of mythology, travel writing, epos,…