• Mbarek Ould Beyrouk wins Prix Littéraire Les Afriques 2023

    Mbarek Ould Beyrouk wins Prix Littéraire Les Afriques 2023

    Mbarek Ould Beyrouk’s novel Saara was declared the winner of Prix Littéraire Les Afriques 2023 on Thursday, February 29, 2024. Prix Littéraire Les Afriques is awarded annually to an African or writer of African descent who has written fiction highlighting a human, societal, ideological, political, cultural, economic, or historical issue related to Africa or its…

  • Margaret Busby to headline Johannesburg Festival of Women Writers 2024

    Margaret Busby to headline Johannesburg Festival of Women Writers 2024

    Margaret Busby is the headliner of the Johannesburg Festival of Women Writers 2024 to be hosted in South Africa on Sunday, March 10, 2024. The Johannesburg Festival of Women Writers is an initiative hosted by the University of Johannesburg’s Johannesburg Institute of Advance Studies. Hosted for the first time in 2023, it showcased and celebrated…

  • Writivism Prize 2023 shortlists announced

    Writivism Prize 2023 shortlists announced

    The shortlists for the Writivism Prize 2023 in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry were announced on Thursday, February 29, 2024. Writivism, the project of writing as activism, was started by Bwesigye Bwa Mwesigire, Naseemah Mohamed, and Kyomuhendo A Ateenyi at the Centre for African Cultural Excellence in Kampala, Uganda in 2012. They conducted several activities such…

  • Opportunities for writers and poets for March 2024.

    Opportunities for writers and poets for March 2024.

    In our continuing series, we share opportunities for those who wish to submit work be it poetry, prose, or other related arts in March 2024. These callouts are divided into education (MFAs, Fellowships, residencies), opportunity hubs, journals, and prizes. If you have any callouts, please share. Education (MFAs, Fellowships, residencies). Opportunity hubs Literary magazines/journals/anthologies/manuscript Publishers…

  • Rentrée Littéraire du Mali 2024 prizes awarded.

    Rentrée Littéraire du Mali 2024 prizes awarded.

    Prizes were handed out at the closing ceremony of Rentrée Littéraire du Mali 2024 in Bamako, Mali on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Rentrée Littéraire du Mali (Literary Return of Mali) is a festival of books, words, and ideas hosted annually in Bamako, Mali. Since 2008, the festival has invited writers, academics, researchers, and artists from…

  • Book Digest: Namina Forna, Christina Cooke, Mazi Nwonwu, Achille Mbembe

    Book Digest: Namina Forna, Christina Cooke, Mazi Nwonwu, Achille Mbembe

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Namina Forna, Christina Cooke, Mazi Nwonwu, and Achille Mbembe. The Eternal Ones by Namina Forna Publisher:  Delacorte PressDate:  February 13, 2024Genre:  Fiction, Young AdultLanguage:  EnglishWhere to find it:  Penguin Random House Namina Forna Namina Forna is the New…

  • Residents at Abidjan’s 1949Books Writing Residency get to work

    Residents at Abidjan’s 1949Books Writing Residency get to work

    The recipients of the 1949Books’ new writing residency are currently at work in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. 1949Books is a feminist library that unearths and amplifies the contributions of African and black women to inspire present and future generations. It was founded by Edwige-Renée Dro in Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire in 2020. It is named “1949” because…

  • Authors, Organisations protest South Africa’s Copyright Amendment Bill

    Authors, Organisations protest South Africa’s Copyright Amendment Bill

    South Africa’s new Copyright Amendment Bill has been lambasted by authors and other artists both in the country and further afield. There are rumblings in South Africa about the Copyright Amendment Bill, the first comprehensive effort to modernise South Africa’s copyright law in half a century. It is an opportunity to bring the copyright system…

  • Zimbabwe National Arts Merit Awards 2024 winners announced.

    Zimbabwe National Arts Merit Awards 2024 winners announced.

    The winners of Zimbabwe’s National Arts Merit Awards 2024 were announced at a ceremony in Bulawayo on Saturday, February 24, 2024.   The National Arts Merit Awards (NAMA Awards) is a set of awards granted by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe in recognition of outstanding achievements in the arts and culture annually. The categories…

  • Translations: Anni Domingo, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Makenzy Orcel, Shingai Njeri Kigunda

    Translations: Anni Domingo, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Makenzy Orcel, Shingai Njeri Kigunda

    Translations for books by Anni Domingo, Abdulrazak Gurnah, Makenzy Orcel, and Shingai Njeri Kigunda are available for your reading pleasure. Book: The EmperorOriginal Title: L’EmpereurAuthor: Makenzy OrcelTranslator: Nathan H. Dize.Publisher: Seagull BooksPublishing Date:  May 2024Language:  French to EnglishWhere to Find it:  Click here. Having committed the irreparable, a man waits in his room for someone…

  • Island Prize 2024 longlist announced

    Island Prize 2024 longlist announced

    The longlist for the Island Prize for a Debut Novel from Africa 2024 was made public on Friday, February 23, 2024. The Island Prize for a Debut Novel from Africa is a prize from Holland House Books (UK), Karavan Press (SA) as well as Booker Prize longlistee Karen Jennings. It is aimed at giving writers…

  • Ubwali, Zambia’s newest literary magazine, launches

    Ubwali, Zambia’s newest literary magazine, launches

    Ubwali, a new literary magazine founded by Mubanga Kalimamukwento, Mbozi Haimbe, and Fiske Nyirongo, launched on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Zambia is the home of great writers like Ellen Banda-Aaku, Namwali Serpell, Mubanga Kalimamukwento, Natasha Omokhodion-Kalulu Banda, Dambisa Moyo, Kafula Mwila, Mbozi Haimbe among many others. It is also the home of literary awards like…

  • Momtaza Mehri on UK’s Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Trust Young Writer 2024 shortlist

    Momtaza Mehri on UK’s Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Trust Young Writer 2024 shortlist

    Momtaza Mehri poetry collection Bad Diaspora Poems is on the shortlist for the UK’s Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Trust Young Writer 2024 announced on Sunday, February 25, 2024. The Sunday Times Charlotte Aitken Trust Young Writer of the Year award is a literary prize awarded to a British author under the age of 35 for…

  • Sawiris Cultural Awards 2024 winners announced.

    Sawiris Cultural Awards 2024 winners announced.

    The winners of the Sawiris Cultural Awards 2024 were revealed in Cairo, Egypt on Monday, January 8, 2023. The Sawiris Cultural Award, one of the richest on the continent with winners going home with around 1.5 million Egyptian pounds in total, was founded in 2005. The awards are handed out in the categories of novels,…

  • Afritondo Short Story Prize 2024 longlist announced.

    Afritondo Short Story Prize 2024 longlist announced.

    The longlist for the Afritondo Short Story Prize 2023 was announced on Friday, February 23, 2024. Afritondo, a platform that aims to connect with and tell the stories of African and black minority populations across the globe, is the organisation behind the Afritondo Short Story Prize. Previous winners have been Alex Kadiri, Howard Meh-Buh Maximus,…