Call for New African Writing

New African Writing is hosted by the ABC Literary Cafe at The Life House, and Kachifo Limited, publishers of Farafina Books. This event will provide an opportunity for emerging African writers to showcase their work and be exposed to critique and feedback from established writers.

Emerging writers are requested to submit any piece of prose of no more than 5,000 words. Thirty pieces will be selected from the submissions, and the writers will be invited to read five minutes of their work during the event. Our panel of distinguished writers will be on hand to critique their work on both days of the event. The thirty selected pieces will be subject to further editing and review by both the panel and Kachifo Limited, and the top fifteen will be included in an e-book of short stories to be released later in 2012. The stories not selected for publication in the short story collection will be published on the Farafina blog. The closing date for submission is February 5, 2012.

The New African Writing readings will be held at The Life House, 33 Sinari Daranijo Street, off Younis Bashorun Street, off Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. The dates are February 10 and February 24; the time is 6pm.

Submissions should be sent by email to All submissions should include the name, phone number and email address of writers. Selected writers should be available to read their work at the events, or have a representative available to read on their behalf. However, provisions have been made for writers who may be selected but unavailable to read their work.

Update: The contest is now open to not just Nigerian writers, but to African writers living in Africa.

26 thoughts on “Call for New African Writing

  1. pls this just have to be a continous exercise,it important…..where is your abuja office located.Let this be a national event…

  2. Please I have two unpublished short stories which i will love to be published by Kachifo Ltd. how do i get to them?

  3. Ohhh. Wish the date could be extended. Or,when may this kind of thing hold again?. I would be more prepared and happy to participate.

    • We want unpublished stories. However, stories that have been published on blogs and some websites (websites which are not literary or do not belong to literary publications) are acceptable.

  4. Submissions surely close 5th February THIS YEAR ( not last year)… and what makes a “Nigerian writer” Nigerian? Ancestry, residency, address or name or some thing else?

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