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URGENT Call for submissions: Africa39 Longlist – A Letter from Binyavanga Wainaina

URGENT Call for submissions: Africa39

Binyavanga Wainana
Binyavanga Wainana

Dear Friends, Writers, publishers and African Literary organisations,

My name is Binyavanga Wainaina. I am the coordinator of the Africa39 Longlist.

I write to you with some urgency. I have recently been contracted to put together a long-list of 120 of most promising fiction authors under the age of 40 from Africa South of the Sahara and diaspora.

This is a huge undertaking and will lead to an announcement of 39 of the most promising African writers under the age of 40 in April 2014. Time is of the essence.

I have to submit this longlist by the 15th of December 2013. I would like to encourage all published fiction writers who qualify to apply.

As many of you may have heard, Port Harcourt City in Rivers State, Nigeria has been conferred the status of UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014. It is the first African city south of the Sahara to be given such status.

The Port Harcourt Book Fair (PHBF) is an initiative of the Governor of Rivers State, Nigeria and is an event for writers, book sellers, literary connoisseurs and all major players in the book industry.

The PHBF in 2014 with Port Harcourt as the World Book Capital City will therefore be a major pan-African and international literary event which will significantly advance the state of literacy, literature, and publishing in Africa.

I am asking you please to distribute this application document to your contacts, mailing lists, writers, media, and other relevant networks and forums.

PLEASE refer all replies & queries ONLY to:  africa39project@gmail.com

All updates will be posted on twitter @africa39list and you are advised to check regularly.

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