There’s always a deadline to meet if you are in the buzz of the world… Whether you are like my new friend, Izza, who is a software Engineer but bookaholic; Dike Chukwumerije who dazzles with poetry while maintaining a family and having a regular job; Jite Efemuaye, writing a million pieces and still looking for time to have fun or even Chuma Nwokolo, crazy writer, advocate, Nigerian patriot, publisher, entrepreneur, cook etc etc… Yes, add me at the bottom of busy people. And there are a million others we can add – including you, I guess.
Now, life has made us to become really fast and we allow the times fly, and the present glides into the past. We sigh, sometimes we cry wondering where all the moments disappeared to. Then comes the usual expression some know: it’s a lie.
For the past few days, I have had a million deadlines, an important proposal to write, pro bono work to look at, things to catch up with [all these are the story of my life]… and all. Somehow, the weekend brought a different plan I didn’t bargain with. I had friends come around including my cousin, Anselm Ngutsav, with whom we rock the Makurdi literary scene *dancingLiteraryAzonto* ;). We did some small work and after that, took a very loooooong walk. I visited my aunt [didn’t see her though], laughed with my cousins and sneaked to church. I couldn’t stay too long because the night had eaten too much of itself. I took a longer walk home from the Cathedral. I dropped dead to bed soon as I was in.
Next day, morning clean up and I went to do my Easter duties. I had a profound experience and I even got inspiration to write a story, there in church! Too bad I didn’t have paper. I had to collect tithe envelope and tear off a bit – eh, oh well, a writer has got to do what a writer has to do, write? Hee hee hee. Had a friend go to church and we nearly missed each other there… Yeah, the talented writer, Sibbyl Whyte. We probably would have gone to check someone or found an Easter buddy but I had heard my aunt wasn’t feeling well and hadn’t gone to mass. Now, you should know my aunt has been nicknamed ‘Revd. Sister’ by her children. So, for her to even miss mass, and not just one Sunday but twice… I had to break every appointment, apologised to Sibbyl and got to my aunt’s house. Saw the family and a myriad of my cousins who stay with her. She would be totally fine soon, she told me sweetly, as we exchanged notes on mass. She was watching hers on EWTN. When I told her it was a Professor who had preached and it was really cool, she had this look on her face of ‘Chai! I have missed a really cool thing!’ Trust me to rub it in by giving her sensational gist of all the man said… Well, not sensational in the sense of adding curry but just simply giving the details in full plus demonstration 😉
Long story short, I tried visiting some other people including my secretary of the Association of Nigerian Authors (Benue Chapter) but no show. Got home and watched two movies with my high school seniors who were around…and you can imagine the loads of gist! We were talking about film tricks We ate some good rice, though I skipped the lovely chicken. Taking a break…
Well, there was a long evening again and eventually I had another looooong walk…
Summary, I came home far more bushed than ever! I had to put on my generator and I tried to write but ah! Even Super Man had his bad days. Madam Cutie called and yup, it took grace to talk. Eventually, I was off and the dreams came putting me on a board that I used to surf the night to day, despite waking a million times.
In all, I began to worry that I hadn’t done much… You know, deadlines left and etc etc… But I thought to myself, why beat yourself up? Sometimes, it is cool to let your hair fly abi? Even when it is baby afro you are keeping like me 🙂 Let the bear-bear (beards) be… and just snooze long, even if you wake up and the work bug bugs you. And now, I am trying to keep up with people making calls, texting and all. (Somehow the writing is not coming as if I am paying for the overwork of the weekend! But oh well, another overwork starts today…and has started 🙂 ) Every holiday is a time to have a, well, you guessed it, holiday.
We live once, and our lives should not only inspire people by our achievements but also by the warmth of ourselves.
So, even if you are busy as all those early people I mentioned including people like my sister, Hembadoon Itakpe – most dedicated mother ever-liveth, you can do nothing sometimes, and not feel guilty about it. Why I wrote all of this? To make me remember. Why you read? I don’t know. But still, thanks.
Happy Easter and may the grace of the heavens fall sweetly on your face even as you go from place to place. Cheers.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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January’s Theme>>> “Africa: The Art of Building It”
Highlighting the fact that The African Street Writer (TASW) is an African Ideology for Africans, our choice of first theme is amassed around building Africa with the most overlooked means; the art.
As Africa is becoming a great force to contend with, one might ask, ‘what has Africa got for others to want to contend with it?’
Let’s put aside its rich culture, its beautiful people, its peculiar troubles or whatever Africa might be known for…Let’s see how Africa can build her future with its art.
With this in mind, submissions should be built around the thought of making a better Africa today.
Entries would be accepted from two categories (Fiction/Non-Fiction and Poetry). Submission begins from January 1st 2013 and ends January 31st 2013 for the first Issue.
- TASW charges no submission fee
- All entries should not be more than 1200 words and should be sent as an attachment firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please note that we are only interested in materials written out of inspiration, experience and/or creativity. We do not accept entries not written by the writer and as such; originality is the key.
- Multiple entries are welcomed
- For Fiction, the subject of the e-mail should be: Fiction/Title.
- For Non-Fiction, the subject of the e-mail should be: Non-Fiction/Title
- For Poetry, the subject of the e-mail should be: Poetry/Title
- In all your submissions, you must include at the top of the page: Your Full name, Country, Phone Number, Email Address, Blog Address (if any) and a short biography of not more than 75 words.
- ‘Like’ our page on Facebook or follow us on twitter to receive updates
Selected works would be announced by the first week of the month of March, 2013.
TASW would run a bi-monthly online publication/e-zine and will only publish fifteen works from both categories (Fiction/Non-Fiction and Poetry) in every issue
The titles of the fifteen best works would be published by the first week of March, 2013 and they would be spread across the month of March.
The Best work out of the fifteen in each category would be our ‘Top Story’ for that issue. Only ‘Top Story’ Writers would be paid, for now.
TASW promises to pay ‘Top Story’ Writers within 72 working hours.
TASW welcomes responsible criticism, through writing or other suitable forms with evidence, to any writer who was denied of his/her earnings.
The payment package includes:
- 1. The best article of each category (Fiction/Non-fiction and Poetry) of every issue, earns $50,
- You could either ‘Claim‘ the cash within 72hours or ‘Stake‘
- Once you claim, the money would be paid within 72 working hours, but if you stake, the money would be at stake and would increase if you win in the next issue following the one you just won.
- If you win the best in any other issue within the total six issues of TASW year, you earn $150, if you stake and you don’t win in any other issue, you lose your initial earnings.
- 2. If we publish two (2) articles of the same writer in one issue, you earn $20, (Articles that are not compulsorily a top story)
- Claim or Stake for $30 for three (3) published articles within two issues.
- Claim or Stake for $50 for four (4) published articles within three issues
- Claim or Stake for $100 for five (5) published articles within six Issues
- If you stake and you don’t win in any other issue, you lose your initial earning.
*Please note that the payment package would be reviewed every TASW year and all funding will be made available prior to the start of TASW year*
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