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,…

The Shortlist Interviews: Mwikali Mutune – Eye Color

We spoke to Mwikali Mutune about her short story Eye Color, a dystopian thriller centred on a cult hero whose death triggers the crumbling end for a totalitarian regime. Eye Color raises questions about tribal supremacy, the policing of love as un/pure, and is strangely tender in mapping the repercussions of one man’s faith in the power of music and freedom.   Black Letter Media: You never really delve into character behaviour with thick…

Winners for “The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story!” Prize Announced

Mary Ononokpono has been awarded first place for her story, “Firewater”. Osemegbe Aito and Tina Chiwashira take second and third place respectively!     I told you we were done and I meant it. Go to hell, I say, with steaming courage. —Tanganyika ABCs, Tina Chiwashira My brow softens, and I am in no doubt of this Elysian evenfall. Bliss. As I imagine the possibilities, fluorescent joy fills my cornea. Eye of Horus.…

Book Cover Reveal! The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol 3

Book Cover Reveal! The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Vol 3

We are excited to share with you the new cover of our upcoming short story anthology: The Short is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 3. The artwork was created by Megan Ross who is also responsible for last year’s cover. Volume 3 features the work of fifteen emerging writers who call Africa home, including the six shortlisted stories by Mwikali Mutune (Eye Color), Tina Chiwashira (Tanganyika ABCs), Mary Ononokpono…

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

After much deliberation, we present you with the shortlisted stories for the 3rd volume of our annual anthology of short fiction, The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story. As with our previous instalments of The Short Story is Dead, we have had the pleasure of engaging with the promising work of some of the emergent writers from the continent; all the stories to be published in this…

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.…