Monday, October 13, 2014

Huge Blogger Recruiting Reporters and Photographers

Are you a professional reporter, photographer or both? Then you might be interested in sending an application to Lindaikeji's blog.

ALL applications should be emailed to:  lindaikejiads@gmail.com

Goodluck.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

WRITING PROSE AND SATIRE WITH ELNATHAN JOHN

Are you interested in writing short prose and satire?
Then apply to attend a one-day workshop on Friday 14 November, 2014. There are only twenty slots for selected participants, so you must send in your best work. Elnathan John will be sharing tips and lessons on writing and improving short prose, both fiction and non-fiction. He will also be talking about how to write effective satire. 
Venue: Abuja, Nigeria. *other details of the venue will be communicated to selected participants.
Cost of workshop: Free. However, participants will be expected to commit to staying for the entire program, from 9am to 5pm (with a one hour lunch break).Don't apply if you cannot stay till the end of the workshop.
Age limit: 18 and above.
Note: There is no provision for transportation or accommodation. Selected participants will be expected to bear their travel and/or accommodation costs. 

How to apply?
Simply send an original sample of prose, (whether fiction, non-fiction or satire), only one page long. As Elnathan says, "the shorter, the better."
Also attach a single-paged application letter. Email both  to abujawritingworkshop@gmail.com. Don't forget to write "Workshop Application" in the subject heading.

Deadline for applications: 25th October, 2014.
Selection will be based solely on the writing sample. You are advised to send in your very best sample. Only selected participants will be contacted. 

For enquiries, send an email to: abujawritingworkshop@gmail.com

Elnathan John's prose has been published in Per Contra, Evergreen Review, Otis Nebula, The Caine Prize for African Writing anthologies 2013 and 2014, and ZAM Magazine. He has a weekly satire column in Sunday Trust Newspaper and contributes to Chimurenga's The Chronic. He was shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2013 and has a novel due to be published in 2015 by Cassava Republic Press. 



Friday, October 3, 2014

2014 Awele Creative Trust Award

Submission Guidelines

  • Do not submit previously published work for the ACT award
  • Entries must be between 2,500 and 5,000 words. 
  • E-mail submissions to awards@awelecreativetrust.com and awelecreativetrust@gmail.com
  • Only one story per author will be considered.
  • Submissions should include a cover note with the name, date of birth, e-mail address and telephone number of the author
  • Only works of fiction are allowed
  • There is a cash prize of N50,000 for the winning author and a six month online writing course with an ACT mentor
  • Works translated into English from any Nigerian languages are eligible. Should such a work win, N20,000 of the prize money will go to the translator. However, the writing course is offered n English only.
Entries will be accepted from September 1 – November 1, 2014

A shortlist of 5 will be announced on January 5 ,2015

Winner will be announced on January 20, 2015

Authors retain copyright of their work.

HOPEVILLE: A SHORT STORY

I'm excited. My short story, Hopeville, is up on Maple Tree Literary Supplement.

CLICK TO READ or go to http://www.mtls.ca/issue18/writings/fiction/chioma-iwunze-ibiam/

I hope you enjoy reading it.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

REMINDER: COMMONWEALTH SHORT STORY PRIZE 2015 NOW OPEN FOR ENTRIES

You have two months to enter the 2015 commonwealth short story prize.

Entry is free. 
Deadline: 15 November 2014.


Submit your short story via the online application form between 15 September and 15 November 2014.

The overall winner gets £5,000. Regional winners are entitled to £2,500.

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize encourages you to write and submit your unpublished story of 2000-5000 words.

You are also encouraged to read the interviews and writings about the short story on the commonwealth website.


Good luck.


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Opportunities for Writers

If you have been writing and looking for opportunities such as grants, residency programs, free online writing courses and writing contests, then you should visit Aerogramme Writers' Studio.

I rarely recommend sites, but this on has a lot to offer. So what are you waiting for? Just CLICK HERE.

Good luck.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book Review: AND THE NIGHT HISSED.’ by CLAUDE OPARA



Length: 185 pages
Genre: Thriller, Historical Fiction
Publisher / Year: Authorhouse and Thomson Press / First published in 2011, reprinted in 2013
Rating: 4/5
Why I Read It: I wanted to see how the author handled an African story set in a time period poorly covered by History.
Read: in 2011
Reviewed by: C.C. Chuks
Author: Claude Opara
Website: www.andthenighthissed.com.
The book is also available at
http://www.konga.com/and-the-night-hissed-paperback.





A team of Britishers on a slave expedition to coastal West Africa hear the words “Olori Ejo", the name of a mumbo jumbo that strikes dread in the hearts of locals, and dismiss it as pure superstition. But is it?

"...And the Night Hissed." is a story set in the early 17th century. Reginald Cromwell, the sole medical doctor on board a slave ship, the Mater Lucia, on the West African Coast, is on a trip he'll never forget. He's saddled with looking after the health of his team and their merchandise. The territory is expectedly unfamiliar. Their journey through rainforests with tall trees, which form several layers (canopies) above the shortest ones, has an unantipated peril.  Their mission starts off hitch-free on primitive coasts with fairly developed slave infrastructures. That is until they come across butchered human remains marked with what looks like emblems of Olori Ejo--bronze carvings of the head of a serpent sitting on leafy sticks--on their route. Cromwell has trouble keeping the slaves calm and is rather surprised that their panic is not the result of their capture but of being struck by something they fear even more than the white man: an unseen bogeyman they call "Olori ejo". 

Local hostilities and restiveness rise. One-by-one, Cromwell and his colleagues are attacked by something that comes and goes with the flutter of leaves. For Dr. Cromwell, what starts out as a rather fascinating spook story, a fable of a people of pristine culture, takes on a new dimension and his curiousity turns into his greatest nightmare. As surreptitious waves of reprisal attacks reduce their number, he finds himself falling back on his training as a psychologist to keep his team in the right frame of mind. Funny. The last time he checked, they carried the superior armory and stealth was their thing. Were they losing their heads to local mind games? They had come prepared for mosquitoes and malaria, not a half-man-half-snake mumbo jumbo. The Yorubas allegorize Nemesis as a great snake called Olori ejo, and it was now punishing them for their murderous raids with strikes foreshadowed by wrack and ruin preambles for most minds. One thing is for sure, there is an unseen killer about and its trademark is a night-renting, mind-shattering hiss (some sort of war cry or expression of disgust) before it hacked its victims. If they are to survive these forests, they must stay together and not lose their minds.

This is a gory, irksome, embittering and frightening work of fiction set in the dark terrains of ancient West Africa. The narrator is a medical doctor who is expectedly more humane than his comrades in dealing with the slaves they accrue. Readers may find themselves wishing death upon the British crew for their cruel treatment of their captives, but for Dr. Cromwell, I believe, most will root for him to survive, and this adds to the tension. The treatment of slaves is rather disturbing but there are many lighter moments in the book. The dialogues are interesting and flow quite nicely. Each crew member is portrayed candidly from the viewpoint of a very relatable Dr. Cromwell. The climax is impaling. Overall, the novel is a well-illustrated thriller with a suspense that doesn't let up even with the last full stop (maybe the title should have had an ellipsis at the end instead of the beginning). It's an ending that will make you question everything you know (I won't give anything away).

You can read more about Claude Opara HERE