• Shirley Jackson Awards 2023 nominees announced

    Shirley Jackson Awards 2023 nominees announced

    The nominees for the Shirley Jackson Awards 2023 were announced on Friday, June 7, 2024. Here are the writers of African descent among them. Shirley Hardie Jackson was an American writer known primarily for her works of horror and mystery. Her writing career spanned over two decades, during which she composed six novels, two memoirs,…

  • CANEX Prize for Publishing in Africa 2024 jury announced

    CANEX Prize for Publishing in Africa 2024 jury announced

    Dr. Wale Okediran, Edwige-Renée Dro, and Ashraf Aboul-Yazid are on the jury for the CANEX Prize for Publishing in Africa. The announcement was made on June 7, 2024. The CANEX Book Factory is a programme of events of the Creative Africa Nexus initiative of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) that is designed to spotlight and…

  • Tananarive Due, Jordan Peele win at Bram Stoker Awards 2024.

    Tananarive Due, Jordan Peele win at Bram Stoker Awards 2024.

    Tananarive Due and Jordan Peele won in their categories at the Bram Stoker Awards 2024 in San Diego, California, USA, on June 3, 2024. Abraham “Bram” Stoker (1847 – 1912) was an Irish author best known for writing the 1897 Gothic horror novel Dracula. In 1987, the Horror Writers Association of the USA set up…

  • Conceição Evaristo to open Brazil’s Festival da Palavra de Curitiba 2024

    Conceição Evaristo to open Brazil’s Festival da Palavra de Curitiba 2024

    Conceição Evaristo is the opening act at Festival da Palavra de Curitiba 2024 which runs in Curitiba, Brazil from June 16 – 22, 2024. The festival theme is “Resistance.” Festival da Palavra de Curitiba (English: Curitiba Word Festival) was first hosted in the Brazilian city of Curitiba in 2023. That edition ran from September 27…

  • Hemley Boum wins Prix littéraire des Sciences Po 2024.

    Hemley Boum wins Prix littéraire des Sciences Po 2024.

    Hemley Boum’s novel Le rêve du pêcheur won Prix littéraire des Sciences Po 2024 on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Sciences Po is France’s leading university for the social sciences offering degrees at the undergraduate, Master’s, and Ph. D. levels. This year, the university’s alumni association inaugurated Prix littéraire des Sciences Po (English: Sciences Po Literary…

  • Book Digest: Ishi Robinson, João Melo, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Iris Mwanza

    Book Digest: Ishi Robinson, João Melo, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, Iris Mwanza

    We wrap up book news for our readers in our regular Book Digest segment with books from Ishi Robinson, João Melo, Suyi Davies Okungbowa, and Iris Mwanza. Sweetness in the Skin by Ishi Robinson Publisher:  HarperDate:  April 23, 2024Genre:  FictionLanguage: EnglishWhere to find it:  Harper Ishi Robinson Ishi Robinson is a Jamaican writer living in…

  • Literary Magazines: A Long House, Lolwe, Akewi, Ubwali

    Literary Magazines: A Long House, Lolwe, Akewi, Ubwali

    New editions of A Long House, Lolwe, Akewi, and Ubwali are now available for your reading pleasure. A Long House A Long House is a new frontier for African and black expression, literature, and critical discourse founded in 2020. The newest edition with the theme “Connections” has contributions from Olumide Manuel, Hope Joseph, Abu Bakr…

  • Festival International de Littérature de Dakar 2024 winners announced.

    Festival International de Littérature de Dakar 2024 winners announced.

    Sami Tchak and Mamadou Samb won in their categories at Festival International de Littérature de Dakar 2023 in Dakar, Senegal on Saturday, June 1, 2024. The first edition of Festival International de Littérature de Dakar (Filid) (English: Dakar International Literary Festival) was hosted in Dakar, Senegal in 2022. It was attended by writers, literary critics,…

  • Black Writers Book Festival for Hamburg, Germany

    Black Writers Book Festival for Hamburg, Germany

    The Black Writers Book Festival runs for the first time in Hamburg, Germany from June 7 – 9, 2024. In June there will be a new festival for Black writers to participate in Germany called the Black Writers Book Festival. Its mission is to showcase and promote established and up-and-coming Black writers in spaces created…

  • Prémio Literário Carlos Morgado 2024 semi-finalists announced.

    Prémio Literário Carlos Morgado 2024 semi-finalists announced.

    The semi-finalists for Mozambique’s Prémio Literário Carlos Morgado 2023 were announced in Maputo on Friday, May 31, 2024. Carlos Morgado was born in Tete City, Mozambique on July 9, 1946, and lived a full life starting with the independence struggle of the Southern African country. After independence, he played roles in the airline industry and…

  • Literary initiatives to check out during Caribbean-American Heritage Month

    Literary initiatives to check out during Caribbean-American Heritage Month

    June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the US, here are some initiatives in the Caribbean that you might want to check out. June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the United States as well as a special one across the Caribbean. The region, which hosts many people of African descent, has produced some of the most…

  • Ehiorobo Derek, Kyle Okeke are Evaristo Prize for African Poetry 2024 joint winners

    Ehiorobo Derek, Kyle Okeke are Evaristo Prize for African Poetry 2024 joint winners

    Ehiorobo Derek and Kyle Okeke were declared joint-winners of the Evaristo Prize for African Poetry 2024 on Friday, May 31, 2024. The Brunel International African Poetry Prize, founded by Booker Prize winner Bernardine Evaristo, was started in 2012 to revitalise African poetry and encourage a new generation of poets to get an international platform. Previous…

  • NBO LitFest 2024 program announced

    NBO LitFest 2024 program announced

    The programme for NBO LitFest 2024, brought to you by Book Bunk and the Hay Festival Global, running in Nairobi, Kenya from June 27 – 30 has been announced. In 2021 Nairobi-based Book Bunk hosted NBO LitFest, a virtual festival anchored in Nairobi’s public libraries with stories and ideas emerging from Nairobi and other regional…

  • Opportunities for writers and poets for June 2024.

    Opportunities for writers and poets for June 2024.

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

  • Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse wins Prix France Televisions 2024

    Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse wins Prix France Televisions 2024

    Beata Umubyeyi Mairesse’s memoir Le Convoi won at the Prix France Televisions 2024 in Paris, France on Wednesday, May 29, 2024, Prix France Televisions is an annual literary award rewarding authors of works published in French in recent literary news in both fiction and nonfiction since 1995. Previous winners have included Nathacha Appanah, Ali Zamir,…