Call for New African Writing: The Second Phase

The first phase of the New African Writing initiative is almost over, with fifteen of the best entries selected for review. We now announce the start of the second phase, and for writers who did not get a chance to submit the first time, this is another opportunity. Kachifo Limited and ABC Literary Cafe once again call on emerging African writers to send in their submissions.

The submission instructions are same as before. Send in your short stories of not more than 5,000 words to, and include your name, email address and phone number. Please note that nonfiction entries and stories over 5,000 words will not be considered. Also, writers are not allowed to send in more than one entry; where they do, we will accept the first and disregard any others. The deadline for this phase is midnight on the 19th of February. From the entries submitted in this second phase, another fifteen of the best will be selected and critiqued by our panel of esteemed writers. Writers who sent in submissions for the first phase are free to participate again, provided they send in a different entry.

New African Writing is aimed at promoting and showcasing new writing out of Africa, and as part of this initiative, Doreen Baingana will be hosting a session at The Life House on February 17, where she will talk about writing and give writing tips and lessons for emerging writers, read from her work and answer questions from the audience. Doreen won the 2006 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the AWP Award in Short Fiction for her book, Tropical Fish. She was also a two-time finalist for the Caine Prize for African Writing.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to join us for the first phase of readings at 6 pm today at The Life House, 33 Sinari Daranijo Street, off Younis Bashorun Street, off Ajose Adeogun Street, Victoria Island Lagos. See you there!

14 thoughts on “Call for New African Writing: The Second Phase

    • We cannot say for now when the next one will be, but we intend to make it a periodic thing. Please follow our blog to keep up, as the information will definitely be available here. Thank you.

  1. Hello, when would you announce the selected candidates? Some of us live outside Lagos and would like to have enough time to prepare for the trip in the event that we are selected, that is.

  2. hi, i sent a story into the second phase and now it occurs to me i may not be african enough to be considered, i am ethnically indian, married to a nigerian man and living permanently in lagos, nigeria. am i still a candidate?

  3. Pingback: Call For Submissions For The 4th Femrite Regional Women Writers’ Residency, November 2012 « Literary Chronicles

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