The Importance of Poetry #2 – Su’eddie Vershima Agema

We asked the poets shortlisted for the PEN Nigeria/Saraba Poetry Prize 3 questions about their practice and contemporary poetry, and they responded with staggering insight. Here is Su’eddie Vershima Agema, author of Tales one shouldn’t tell often.   Why do you write poetry, and what fascinates you about poetry? Sometimes it is hard to simply say why one … Continue reading The Importance of Poetry #2 – Su’eddie Vershima Agema

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Tom-Gallon Trust Award (DEADLINE 31 OCTOBER 2013)

The Tom-Gallon Trust Award Annual prize of £1,000 for a short story 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. … Continue reading CALL FOR ENTRIES: The Tom-Gallon Trust Award (DEADLINE 31 OCTOBER 2013)

CALL FOR SUBMISSION: THE JOSEPH SHORT STORY CHALLENGE (WIN A DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER)

(by Chinyere Obi-Obasi…NOTE: This is a challenge that also has prizes to be won!! Can you beat that?!!) Hope you have not forgotten the challenge One of the reasons why I am a hit with my children is because of my fertile imagination. So while telling the story of Joseph and Portiphar’s wife, I tell … Continue reading CALL FOR SUBMISSION: THE JOSEPH SHORT STORY CHALLENGE (WIN A DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER)

DAMN YOU (LETTER TO NIGERIAN LITERATURE AND ALL INVOLVED)

(SMALL NOTE TO NIGERIAN LITERATURE AND ALL INVOLVED: DAMN YOU!) __________________________________________________________________________ Yup, damn you! I am usually conservative but even for that, damn me! Nigerian writers and its literature is largely uncelebrated in the country – for most of that, damn Nigeria! Nigerians prefer to read foreign books – damn Nigerians! Readers would rather read … Continue reading DAMN YOU (LETTER TO NIGERIAN LITERATURE AND ALL INVOLVED)

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR SENDING MS TO AFRICAN WRITERS’ SERIES (2012)

UPDATE: This post is from 2012 and is no longer valid as the email does not seem to be working. So, kindly ignore. It only appears here for archival purpose. Apologies.   If you would like to submit your work to the Heinemann African Writers Series for consideration for publication: Please send a brief synopsis … Continue reading SUBMISSION GUIDELINES FOR SENDING MS TO AFRICAN WRITERS’ SERIES (2012)