Best days for Young Writers in Africa

Hi Praxis readers!

It’s been a busy month for literature in Africa. Here, we bring you a highlight of all that’s been happening. Enjoy!

  • Saraba Manuscript Prize announces winners of the non-fiction category!

On June 7th, Saraba, one of the foremost Nigerian online publishing outfit, released the shortlist for the Saraba Manuscript Prize (Non-fiction Category):

1. House No. 57—Temitayo Olofinlua

2. Life on a Blackboard – Vignettes of a Queer Nigerian—Amatesiro Dore

3. Native Tongue—Ola Osaze

4. Petal on Thistles—Victor Akwu

5. The Kenyan Boy— Socrates Mbamalu

Each awardee will be expected to complete a writing project by August 2016, following an award of the sum of 200,000 naira advance against royalties: 100,000 naira as a pre-completion commission and another 100,000 naira upon commission.

Congratulations to the winners. Click here to see winners of the fiction category.

  • Short Story Day Africa organises Migration Flow Workshops!

Short Story Day Africa in partnership with the Goethe Institut is organising a one day workshop in seven African cities, which kicked off today!

Johannesburg, South Africa | 18 June 2016

Lagos, Nigeria | 18 June 2016

Nairobi, Kenya | 18 June 2016

Windhoek, Namibia | 18 June 2016

Yaoundé, Cameroon | 18 June 2016

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | 25 June 2016

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | 25 June 2016

The workshop is for writers working on entries for the prestigious 2016 Short Story Day Africa Prize, or wanting to begin drafting an entry for the prize.

Find the list of successful participants here.

READ: Literary Festivals in Africa: Interview with Jama Musse Jama

Windhoek Flow Workshop Participants with facilitator, Sylvia Schlettwein:

Best days for Young Writers in Africa

  • Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop is in 3days!

The 2016 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop is scheduled to hold in Lagos from June 21st to July 1st, 2016. This workshop is organised by award winning writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Click here to find list of the successful 24 participants. A literary evening, open to the public, will follow at the end of the workshop on July 1st. Don’t miss it. Details about this will follow soon.

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  • Anticipating the Writivism Short Story Prize Longlist!

It’s June and young writers all over the continent are not keeping calm as they anticipate the Writivism Short Story Prize longlist. This is to be released on or before 30th of June. Writivism is a literary initiative that supports the growth of young African writers through her workshops, festivals, mentoring programmes and creative writing prizes. At Praxis, we are also counting down to this year’s Writivism Festival in Kampala; August 22-28. Save the date!

  • More Festivals!

Storymoja Festival is an annual literary festival in Nairobi, Kenya. This year, the festival, for the first time, will be taking place outside Kenya; in Accra, Ghana. Date is 21-25 September. Find details here.

There’s a lot cooking in the African literary scene. Check out the 2016 Ake Arts and Book Festival if you are in Nigeria or the Hargeysa International Book Fair, for those in Somaliland! And the 2016 Babishai Poetry Festival also in Uganda!

Best days are here for lovers of African literature!

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