Hi, my name is Su’eddie Vershima Agema and yes, except working with a publishing house and holding some literary administrative positions, I LOVE BOOKS, WRITING AND PEOPLE! I also like bringing books to people’s attention and finding a way to share works I love and works of people I come across…
Now, we have a blog, http://sevhagereviews.wordpress.com and we have had some wonderful reviews and interviews: Abubakar Adam Ibrahim (Caine Prize Shortlist 2013) and Reward Nsirim are just a few. We are launching some interview series soon to feature amazing Nigerian, African and international writers! Yaaaaay! Plus, we have features of reviews on their works as well as select pieces. If you haven’t seen it, get there and see it…
Oh well, too much talk. We need reviewers! Have you been reading any good book and would love to share your thoughts on it? Thoughts on literature… We welcome them all. Please send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title: ‘REVIEW’ and we will take it from there. Do you think that you can’t really review professionally? Oh, come on! That isn’t a problem… I am not sure I can… and I prefer the ones that only show what you feel. So, if you can, simply write your thoughts and let’s see how we can make all of it fun…
Trust me, you will be connecting to a great community and who knows where it will take you to tomorrow? I offer you my friendship too and let’s see where it will take us to.
Opening date – 1 February 2015
Closing date – 30th April 2015
Entries must be submitted online. No mark as to the identity of the writer should be made on the story itself. No entries will be considered if submitted after the deadline. Winners shall be announced on Short Story Day Africa, the 21st of June 2015 at an Awards Evening during the Writivism Festival 2015 in Kampala, Uganda.
1. The Writivism Short Story Prize is an annual award for emerging African writers administered by the Center for African Cultural Excellence (CACE).
2. Entrants must be unpublished writers, resident in an African country. One is deemed published if they have a book of their own.
3. Questions of eligibility shall be resolved by the CACE administration and their decision is final.
4. Entries must be submitted online, by emailing them to email@example.com as attachments (not in the body email), clearly labeled in the subject: Writivism Competition 2015. The writer must include in the body of the email, other information about him/her, as country of residence, age, legal name and pen name (where applicable) and telephone contact.
5. Only one entry per writer may be submitted for the Writivism Short Story Prize. The story must be original and previously unpublished in any form except on the writer’s personal blog.
6. All entries must be in English, and 2,500 – 3,500 words long.
7. Entries should be attached in Microsoft Word or Rich Text formats, with the title of the story as the file name. The first page of the story should include the name of the story and the number of words. The entry must be typed in Times New Roman 12 point font and 1.5 line spacing. No mention should be made on the identity of the writer in the entry.
8. Entrants agree as a condition of entry that CACE may publicize the fact that a story has been entered, longlisted or shortlisted for the Prize. The shortlisted writers and winners of the competition will be expected to participate in readings, The Writivism Festival and school tours.
9. Worldwide copyright of each story remains with the writer. CACE will have the unrestricted right to publish the long-listed stories in an anthology and for promotional purposes.
10. The prize judging panel comprises Chika Unigwe (Chair), Mukoma wa Ngugi, Tendai Huchu, Rachel Zadok and Ainehi Edoro. Read more about the judges here.
The National Executive of the Association of Nigerian Authors by this notice calls for submissions from interested writers around the world for the 2014 ANA Review. The ANA Review, published yearly by the Association, is a journal that seeks to assess the pulse of contemporary Nigerian and African writing.
Submissions are called for in the following genres—
1] Poetry—No more than six poems per submission.
2]Prose—Short stories or fiction excerpts must be under 3,000 words.
3]Essays—Academic and literary essays on subjects related to literature are welcome; must be under 5,000 words.
All essays are to be formatted in line with the MLA Style Manual.
4]Drama—Skits only, under 3,000 words. All submissions should be sent as attachments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details on the first page.
3]Complete Contact Details
Deadline for submissions is September 25th, 2014.
Editor: The ANA Review Editor for 2014 will be Richard Ali.
Richard Ali is a Nigerian lawyer and novelist who has previously edited the Sardauna Magazine and the Sentinel Nigeria Magazine. He has, since 2011, served as Publicity Secretary [North] of the Association of Nigerian Authors.
So, what are you waiting for? Send the tale already!
Are you a writer looking to get published?
As part of the 15th Lagos Book & Art Festival the British Council is running a workshop for aspiring writers looking to get published.
The workshop will be facilitated by Ms Sarah Odedina Managing Director of the UK Children’s publishing house Hot Key Books. Sarah has worked in some of the major UK publishing houses and, notably, over-saw the publication of the entire Harry Potter series which was successfully published in English around the world by Bloomsbury.
The workshop will focus on:
How to get published and what publishers are looking for.
It will explore ways to get published from working on your manuscripts (writing tips to include looking at dialogue, plot, research, setting, character) as well as practical tips on how to submit to publishers and agents, knowing your market, making your story your own.
Date: Tuesday 12th, November 2013
Time: 09.00a.m – 5.00p.m
We are looking for
- Unpublished fiction writers with at least two years of writing experience
- Writers with fiction manuscripts ready for submission
- Writers who are committed to getting published both locally and internationally
Selected writers must:
1. Show samples of their writing
2. Provide a 200-400 word supporting statement with evidence of their commitment to getting published. This may detail previous applications to publishers, professional feedback sought or other relevant opportunities pursued.
3. Be available on the available on 12 of November 2013 from 10.00am till 5.00pm
Unfortunately, we are only able to contact selected candidates and will do this by November 8, 2013.
Sarah Odedina Profile
Sarah Odedina began her publishing career working in the adult rights department of Penguin Books. She moved into children’s books in 1992 and quickly realised that she had found her niche. After four and a half years working as Rights Director for Orchard Books she moved to Bloomsbury in January 1997 as Editorial Director and during her time at Bloomsbury she commissioned and edited many prize-winning best-selling authors including Neil Gaiman, Louis
Sachar and Celia Rees. She also over-saw the publication of the entire Harry Potter series which was successfully published in English around the world by Bloomsbury. In September 2011 Sarah left Bloomsbury to start a new fiction list for Bonnier Publishing and has already enjoyed considerable success with one of the Hot Key Books titles winning the Costa Book Award. She feels now that a start-up is an incredibly privileged place to be allowing for greater integration between editorial and marketing and sales in order to ensure that there is a seamless approach to getting authors books in to the hands of readers.
Source: The British Council
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Deadline for entries: 31 October 2013
CRITERIA FOR ENTRY
(i) The author must be a citizen of the United Kingdom, Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland.
(ii) The author must have had at least one short story published or accepted for publication.
(iii) The story submitted must be in English and must not be a translation.
(iv) The story submitted may be published or unpublished.
HOW TO ENTER
Please complete this form and submit it with:
- One (and only one) short story (maximum length 5,000 words), published or unpublished and typed in
- double line spacing, with your name stated on the first page;
- A list of your previously published work including the publisher and date of publication;
- If you would like an acknowledgement, the return of your story, and/or to be notified of the winner
- please provide stamped addressed envelopes marked accordingly.
PLEASE NOTE that entries submitted by fax or email will NOT be accepted.
Send to: Paula Johnson, Awards Secretary, Society of Authors, 84 Drayton Gardens, London SW10 9SB.
BEST OF LUCK PEOPLE!!
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You heard it here first – I hope. Well, it might be a reminder… Cordite Books (an imprint of the Lagos based Paressia Publishers) is calling for African Crime Novel to be edited under a new series by none other than Commonwealth and Caine Prize winning bestselling author, Helon Habila. Now, the catch is there are prizes…. Wait for it!!
1st Prize: $1000 and a publishing deal with Cordite books!
2nd Prize: $250 (and our publishing house, SEVHAGE might consider publishing you! 😉 Hee hee hee)
3rd Prize: $200
4th and 5th: Honourable mention…
All these are plus the eye of the world with recogntion that would come from your mention … It might open vistas unimagined. Okay, the criteria?
CRITERIA FOR SUBMISSION:
- African is defined as a citizen of the 53 countries in the continent of Africa and adjoining island, including descendants of such citizens who hold valid African passports.
- Authors must be resident in an African country and be ready to schedule readings across the continent if successful.
- Electronic copies of manuscripts are to be formatted as set out below and uploaded in the adjacent form
- Times New Roman, 13 points, Double spacing.
- Microsoft Office Word and compatible formats [e.g. Open Office]
- Documents should be named “Cordite Submission – Authors Name – Manuscript Title” eg “Cordite Submission – Ian Fleming – Octopussy.doc”. Synopsis documents should be named in the format “Cordite Synopsis – Authors Name – Manuscript Title”.
- Detailed contact details including previous publication and experience should form the first page of the manuscript uploaded.
- A detailed Synopsis of the manuscript, under 750 words, should be attached at the time of submissions using the appropriate upload button found on the right of the Cordite website!
DEADLINE: 30th NOVEMBER 2013!
This is as legit as possible and if you think it is a scam, write an African novel about the crime… It just might get you an award – if you try!
Pow! Pow! Pow! … and I am out!
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A new collection of poetry seeks to celebrate Jahman Anikulapo at 50! We welcome poems from any writer who has been touched or inspired by the dedication of Mr Anikulapo to the Arts…
Okay, actually if you think you have a nice work previously unpublished work of poetry that addresses the issues of selfless service and Love of country, you can send it to the Editors:
(1) Toni Kan (email@example.com)
(2) Nkechi Nwosu-Igbo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Deadline is February 14, 2013
Just so you know, Jahman Anikulapo is a writer and big time Editor 🙂 He is the Editor, The Guardian (Nigerian) on Sunday Newspaper; and Programme Chairman at COMMITTEE FOR RELEVANT ART, CORA. I could write some really long thing but c’mon, why should I run Google out of business… 🙂 Best wishes everyone… Have a great Sunday!
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The floods came differently for several people around the world. In Nigeria, it was unusual as the country had never experienced something like this before. So, do you have reflections, thoughts, lessons on the floods?
Do you have any poem or short story on the flood? Do send it in!!
SEVHAGE calls for them!
- A maximum of four poems per poet or two short stories for each short story writer.
- Maximum length is 35 lines for poems and 2000 words for short stories.
- Closing date of entry is 4th December, 2012.
- Expected date of publication is first quarter of 2013.
- Publication would be electronic with hard copies done later.
- Each submission should be accompanied by a sixty word bio of the poet/writer.
- Note that at the close of collection of entries, a selection process would be done and the best entries selected.
- Send to email@example.com – you can also send all inquiries here.
- Email subject should read ‘POEM FOR FLOOD’ or ‘SHORT STORY FOR FLOOD’ depending on category being sent.
- Send as Microsoft Word 97-2003 attachment.
- Picture in Jpeg format less than 1MB accepted but optional.
Thank you and let’s see them come in! Best wishes…
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Do you have a funny experience that can make one laugh and fall over? Okay, maybe not to fall over – but if you have some great joke, why not send it firstname.lastname@example.org in not more than 100 words for a chance to win an exquisite handmade item.
Closing Date: Midnight 31st of July 2012. GMT.
Voting: 1st of August 2012 at 9.00am GMT. All the stories received will be published on this site.
Result: 2nd of August 2012 at 9.00 pm. GMT.
Rules for Voting: The stories will be numbered so to vote, leave the number of your favorite story as a comment or send it to email@example.com
You can only vote once.
One more thing, it doesn’t matter where you are located, if you win, you get your prize.
P.S. Just make sure you live on planet earth for the sake of posting
Lets have fun!