The 2017 Writivism Short Story Prize is now open for entries from unpublished African Writers. The Annual Award for emerging writers is governed by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE).
Shortlisted writers get the chance to attend the 2017 Writivism Festival in Kampala, Uganda this August and will be awarded $100 (USD) each. While the winner of the Writivism Short Story Prize will be awarded $400 (USD) and a chance to undergo a one-month writing residency at a university in an African Country.
The winner and shortlisted writers will also have their stories published in the annual Writivism Anthology. Read my review of 2016’s anthology, “Your Heart Will Skip A Beat”. Also get a free copy of the book here.
Deadline: March 31, 2017.
2016 Writivism Anthology
One of the events I recently became aware of was the Writivism Festival. There was no way I could have travelled to Uganda, even if I wanted to. And I was happy enough following the events on twitter. I enjoyed observing the events, so when this anthology was released, I felt compelled to share it with you guys.
This little book is a collection of flash fiction from 12 up and coming writers from several African countries. There are four Nigerians in there, which I think is amazing and these stories are mostly about living/surviving in big cities with some of the characters engaging in a range of interesting behaviours.
The events in the first story, Justice by Adeola Opeyemi Salau of Nigeria, escalated pretty quickly. It succinctly illustrates:
The dangers of dozing off in Lagos Traffic.
How quickly bloodthirsty mobs can be formed in Nigeria.
Why you should smack anyone who even thinks of accusing you of theft on the streets of Lagos across the mouth as fast as you can.