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

Black Letter Media at Abantu Book Festival

Black Letter Media at Abantu Book Festival

So, y’all know the inaugural Abantu Book Festival is happening this December, right? 8-10 December at Soweto Theatre, Jabulani and Eyethu Art Gallery in Mofolo. The day events are free and the evening events are R20. So the line up is insane and I’m just excited and honoured to be part of the programme. I have two events – talking publishing and how the publishing world and the television world intersects.…

Uganda’s Turn The Page has our books!

Uganda’s Turn The Page has our books!

During my recent trip to Writivism, in Kampala, I met Alex Twinokwesiga. Now Twino, as he’s best known, is  a serious book lover. He runs the ecommerce site Turn The Page, which also runs book clubs and other book events. This Friday, he’ll be hosting #TTPBookMeet where our dear Dilman Dila, author of A Killing in the Sun will be a guest. If you’re in UG I’m shuwa, you don’t…

We’re in African Flavour Books

We’re in African Flavour Books

I am so excited to let you all know that you can now found our books at the awesome African Flavour Books! Listen, African Flavour Books is the place to be. They are at Vaal Walk shopping centre in Vanderbijlpark. The Helepis are champions of African literature, reading and books, so when you buy from them, you also become a champion of all great bookish things. I’m down for championing…

cover reveal: The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2

cover reveal: The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2

Publishing later this month… The Short Story is Dead, Long Live the Short Story! Volume 2. Cover art: Megan Ross Book design: Duduzile Mabaso Contributors: Obinna Udenwe, Mapule Mohulatsi, Christine Coates, Thato Magano, Gugu Mary Tizita McLaren, Nkosithandile Peme, Adaobi Okwy, Evan Morris, Khalid Salleh, Pamela Moeng, Stephen Embleton Pre-Order

Black Letter Media exhibiting at Essence Festival Durban!

Black Letter Media exhibiting at Essence Festival Durban!

This weekend, the first ever Essence Festival on African soil is taking place at the Durban ICC. Hosted by eThekwini Municipality, the festival includes a book and art fair titled “ARTiculate Africa” divided into two sections: “Knowledge” and “ART”. The “Knowledge” programme is curated by Tiny Mungwe who has run festivals such as Poetry Africa, Time of the Writer and Durban International Film Festival so Essence Festival Durban promises to be…

The Release of Poetry Potion 10 Delayed— Poetry Potion

The Release of Poetry Potion 10 Delayed— Poetry Potion

As the allegations of plagiarism against Kenyan poet, Redscar McOdindo K’Oyuga ripped through the African poetry scene, we’re left with more questions than answers. Unfortunately, our latest edition of Poetry Potion is on hold as said poet had submitted some work. For further details, please click on the link below for the official statement from Poetry Potion.   Here we are, three days later still trying to make sense of the…