The Perfect Kiss by Duduzile Mabaso

  “You kiss like a frog!” For once Dlozi was grateful that she had to chop up onions for her mother’s stew. Tears streamed down her face as Lizwe’s horrible words crashed about in her mind. Stupid boy! She had put all her passion into that kiss. The kiss. Their first kiss. Her first kiss. It had taken her five weeks to let him kiss her. Five weeks. She didn’t…

so you have a writer’s block, huh?

so you have a writer’s block, huh?

So, sometimes it’s hard to write. Some say it exists, others say it doesn’t. It’s called a writer’s block. It takes over you at the most inconvenient of times. Has you not knowing how to write. How to distil that bubbling feeling inside you into beautyful words… Beautyful words, I say. Not just any old janky arrangement of the alphabet. So when you pick up your pen, open your computer…

STEPHEN KING on Writing, Scary Stories, and More

call for submissions: Novel Manuscripts (Afrika-wide)

They say, “Until the lion learns to speak the take of the hunt will always glorify the hunter“. Our vision, therefore, is to give voice to the lion by publishing stories that challenge, move, excite, inspire and enthrall readers. Africans have been telling stories around the fire since the beginning of time. Africa is rich with legends, mythological creatures, folklores that tell of magical, paranormal, supernatural, mystical, otherworldly adventures. These stories…

Kurt Vonnegut on how to write a short story

Short Story Terms

Definitions of Short Story Terms by api_user_11797_Kyle Chou

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What’s a summer holiday without ice cream, big hats, sunglasses, parties, a braai, the beach or adventure and a great book? What’s a summer holiday without shorts!? Well, we’re talking about short stories! Short short stories to entertain, regale, thrill, excite, startle, and tickle book lovers over the holidays. Are you a writer who loves short stories? are you a writer who has never been published? are you a writer…

call for submissions: My Holiday Shorts

What’s a summer holiday without ice cream, big hats, sunglasses, parties, a braai, the beach or adventure and a great book? What’s a summer holiday without shorts!? Well, we’re talking about short stories! Short short stories to entertain, regale, thrill, excite, startle, and tickle book lovers over the holidays. Are you a writer who loves short stories? are you a writer who has never been published? are you a writer…

The 1 Year Anniversary Celebration by Menzi Maseko

Sikwa-Ntu! There is only one way to describe my multisensory impressions of being at The Love House. Some people may hone or develop what is termed hospitality skills as they aim to create an impression or a profit in their business setting, but to some people that warm, hospitable feeling comes almost naturally. This is the essence of Isintu. I chose to use the word Isintu and avoid utilising the…

Read our books on Mxit with Bookly

With the rise in numbers of young cellphone users, and the increasing accessibility to the internet, it’s only logical that book publishers should look for ways to reach book lovers through the one thing they have on them all the time: their cellphone. Black Letter Media is reaching out to young book lovers by making its books available on the Mxit application, Bookly. “We are interested in reaching the younger…