Omenana: Call for Submissions

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Omenana, a tri-monthly speculative fiction e-magazine, is open to submissions from writers from Africa and the African Diaspora. Stories and art must be speculative fiction (Fantasy, Science Fiction,Horror or Magical Realism) and must involve characters, settings or themes directly related to the African continent. Stories and art should challenge normative ideas about gender, sexuality, ethnicity and religious belief. All stories and art must be in English (translations welcome), must be original works (no fan fiction, sorry) and previously unpublished. Continue reading

International DUBLIN Literary Award 2016 shortlist announced!

The 2016 shortlist is announced!

The International DUBLIN Literary Award

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Tuesday 12th April 2016: 10 novels have been shortlisted for the 2016 International DUBLIN Literary Award, proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Public Libraries. The list includes four novels in translation from Brazil, France, Germany and Spain, Academy Street by Irish author Mary Costello, and novels from India, Jamaica and the USA.

 

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2016 Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop

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Farafina Trust will be holding a creative writing workshop in Lagos, organized by award-winning writer and creative director of Farafina Trust, Chimamanda Adichie, from June 21 to July 1, 2016. The workshop is sponsored by Nigerian Breweries Plc. The Caine Prize-winning Kenyan writer, Binyavanga Wainaina, Aslak Sira Myhre and others will co-teach the workshop alongside Adichie. Continue reading

SAPIENS PLURUM EARTH DAY SHORT FICTION CONTEST

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Sapiens Plurum’s latest literary challenge is to personalize the consequences of climate change so readers feel as well as know them. But stories must offer hope, at least a possibility, for without hope people rarely act. Your job, as author, is to inspire scientists and states-persons around the world to live up to the promise of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Stories that promote the Sapiens Plurum mission will receive higher rankings than others. This does not mean that stories should be saccharine, naive or pollyanna-ish, but they should be heroic, even if the hero or heroine has feet of clay.

PRIZES
All 3 winners will have their stories published at our website. In addition, they will win:
·       1ST PRIZE: $1000
·       2ND PRIZE: $500
·       3RD PRIZE: $300 Continue reading

THE BRIDPORT PRIZE. DEADLINE 31 MAY 2016

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The Bridport Prize is an International open competition founded in 1973 with over £16,000 in prize money each year. The winning poems, stories and flash fiction are published in a winners anthology in October.

Judges for 2016 are:

Patience Agbabi for poetry (max 42 lines / 1st prize £5,000)

Tessa Hadley for short story (max 5,000 words / 1st prize £5,000)

Tim Stephenson for flash fiction (max 250 words / 1st prize £1,000)

Kerry Young for the Peggy Chapman-Andrews Award for a first novel (max 8,000 words from opening chapters / 1st prize £1,000 plus up to a year’s mentoring from The Literary Consultancy) This category is currently only open to UK based writers

Entry fees:  £8 per flash / £9 per poem / £10 per short story / £20 per novel.

For details of how to submit, as well as terms and conditions, please follow this link.

Source: www.commonwealthwriters.org